South Perth Activity Centre Plan

The City has developed a draft South Perth Activity Centre Plan (ACP) and associated proposed Town Planning Scheme Amendment 61 (Amendment 61) to set out the strategic vision and statutory planning requirements for development within the area that stretches from the tip of South Perth Peninsula to Richardson Park and the Zoo. This area covers approximately 100 hectares, with a current population of 2,675 people.

The draft ACP and Amendment 61 provides:

  • A robust planning framework to manage development that accommodates forecast and required population and activity growth
  • Guidance to improve movement, connectivity, streetscapes and public open space within and around the centre

The documents take a holistic, long term approach that can be updated over time to respond to issues and community aspirations.

Stakeholder consultation

The City undertook public consultation on the draft South Perth Activity Centre Plan (ACP) and associated proposed Town Planning Scheme Amendment 61 (Amendment 61) between May and August 2019. The feedback has informed a number of proposed modifications to the draft ACP and proposed Amendment 61.

These proposed modifications are discussed in detail in a report to the Council, which was considered in December 2019. The reports on the outcomes of public consultation and modifications to the draft ACP and Amendment 61 are available below.

Council Resolution

Council endorsed the ACP and Amendment 61 at its meeting on 17 December 2019. As a result of the extensive community engagement undertaken during 2019, a number of modifications were made to address key issues and further refine the draft documents. Minutes of the meeting are available here.

Following Council endorsement, a copy of the modified ACP and Amendment 61 documents, along with copies of all feedback received, was sent to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) for final approval. 

Progress Update

The South Perth Activity Centre Plan (ACP) was considered at the Western Australian Planning Commission Statutory Planning Committee (SPC) Meeting on 30 March 2021. It was determined at the meeting that a number of modifications and preparation of additional supporting technical reports are required before the ACP is submitted for final approval. 

The agenda and minutes of the meeting can be viewed on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website

The key modifications included: 

  • Preparation of a Local Water Management Strategy, Environmental Assessment Report and Civil Services Report 
  • Preparation of a Community Needs Assessment and Public Benefit Contribution Project List; and 
  • Preparation of a bespoke State Design Review Panel process to outline assessment of proposals which seek to achieve ‘Tier 2’ development standards. 

The City has now finalised these modifications and technical reports as directed and the ACP has been resubmitted to the Western Australian Planning Commission for final approval, which is anticipated to occur in late 2021.

The City’s vision for the South Perth Activity Centre was developed through the South Perth Peninsula Place & Design project in 2017:

A distinctive inner city activity centre, tourism destination and residential neighbourhood that is shaped by its connection to nature, unique assets, distinctive buildings, and future-forward approaches to sustainable living. Its lively centre and pedestrian friendly tree-lined streets connect locals and visitors to its diverse businesses, transport nodes and local heritage.

South Perth Activity Centre Plan project timeline

Milestone Status 

South Perth Peninsula Place & Design Report prepared

May 2017

Council resolves to prepare an Activity Centre Plan 

June 2017

First draft Activity Centre Plan presented to Council. Resolved to further consider the draft plan, including built form and land use requirements.

October 2018

Council workshops to further consider the draft Activity Centre PlanDecember 2018-February 2019

Draft Activity Centre Plan approved by Council for public advertising

6 March 2019

Draft Activity Centre Plan approved by Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) and Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for public advertisingApril 2019

Draft Activity Centre Plan advertised for public comment 

14 May to 22 July 2019

Draft Activity Centre Plan modified as required in response to any feedback received

August-November 2019

Updated Activity Centre Plan approved by Council

17 December 2019

Activity Centre Plan, including modifications, referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) for approval

January 2020
Amendment, including modifications, referred to the WAPC for approval and recommendation to the Minister for PlanningJanuary 2020
Minister for Planning decides to either: approve the amendment; modify the amendment; or refuse to approve the amendmentJanuary 2021
WAPC consideration of Activity Centre Plan for approvalMarch 2021
Resubmission of Activity Centre Plan to WAPC for approvalOctober 2021
Amendment to be finalised and forms part of the City of South Perth Town Planning Scheme 6Est late 2021