Directions 2031 strategy comments

2031 Central Metropolitan Perth Sub Regional Strategy – some comments

1.       Land use and transport integration suggest a focus on housing supply “in the walkable catchment of train stations” (Actions 5.5 and 6.3, p. 23) If safe bicycle corridors are provided, the catchment area of train stations can be extended to a 3 km radius, extending the catchment area from 0.8 km2 to 28.3 km2. The next Perth Bicycle Network plan must include a focus on TOD and Activity Centres.

2.       The change in demographics, in particular the increase in the older age brackets, is clearly identified in the report, as well as a 38% increase of people with disabilities by 2023. However the spatial consequences are not documented. We know that from an overall cost point of view it is attractive to keep the ageing population out of special care institutions and hospitals as long as possible. This requires a particular type of smaller dwelling within a reasonable distance of shops. These dwellings need access to a network of safe, low speed roads suitable for gopher cars that allow the older residents to use community centres and shops. Whilst the working population needs access to the train system (as emphasised in the principles of Transit Oriented Development), the older need access to the shopping centres. Without spatial definition through zoning, the road and transport implications cannot be planned for. (pp.16,63,66,73)

3.       The report talks about higher density around the train stations. The opportunity of high rise development on top of the train stations and adjoining parking areas, which might require special zoning, is not addressed. In the context of a desire for higher infill development and Transit Oriented Development this seems a missed opportunity.(p.83)

Heinrich Benz

Executive Officer

Bicycle Transportation Alliance

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