This paper critically analyses current neighbourhood Planning methods and outcomes from a community ‘consumer’ perspective and, in the full context of the most recent State Planning Strategy, proposes a substantially revised methodology. (Starting from the point where WAPC nominates a ‘Residential’ Zoning). That investigation is synthesised; and on Pages 5 – 7 proposes an alternative methodology for beginning the Planning of new residential neighbourhoods, suitable for both inner urban and outer suburban areas – in order to provide better assurance of socially acceptable outcomes than is resulting from current practices.
This Proposed Alternative system has three preliminary components) –
- Local Community Planning forums;
- Site Analysis Team/s;
- Urban Design Team/s.
These precede final verification of Residential Zoning of areas nominated for Residential development; undertake thorough local public consultation; professional site analyses; and provide preliminary design studies to meet WAPC standards, before applications are accepted from interested landholders. The costs of these preliminaries are then back-charged as a pre-development fee to developers.