Structure plans give the Council, the local community and other stakeholders a long-term plan to guide future land use and development in major activity areas including:
What is a Structure Plan?
The state government identified a number of areas, designated as activity centres, that will be areas of growth and activity. As outlined in State Planning Policy we must consider higher densities, particularly in Major Activity Centres. The focus is on the centre and its surrounding commercial, civic and residential areas. In developing structure plans, we engage in extensive consultation with locals and other interested stakeholders. For each Major Activity Centre, the structure plan provides a long-term plan to guide future land use and development.
Structure plans typically consider options to broaden the mix of uses to include shops, housing, offices and community facilities to better meet community needs now and in the future. Recommendations focus on opportunities to improve open spaces, access by walking and cycling, public transport facilities and car parking. In the consultation process, we set out suggestions for the community’s consideration and develop the plan through broad and deep consultation. Our aim is to produce guidelines that are realistic and consistent with state planning policy around activity centres, and also to reduce development pressure in residential areas.