Canning Highway is a key transport and urban corridor within the City of South Perth. The area adjacent to the highway is diverse, with a range of housing types and non-residential land uses.
The Canning Highway project is an ongoing series of studies to understand the area and plan for the future. The City’s draft Local Housing Strategy (2011) first identified challenges for the City between managing high density development along Canning Highway and the adjacent low density residential areas.
The purpose of the Canning Highway project is to articulate a desirable future character for Canning Highway and the adjacent areas.
- To provide clear guidance for future development situated on or adjacent to Canning Highway
- To recommend changes to the City’s Town Planning Scheme No. 6 to facilitate desirable built form outcomes
- To recommend appropriate dwelling types and building heights for the area
- To facilitate a harmonious transition of density and built form from Canning Highway to the lower density suburban areas
- To protect the amenity of the existing residential areas, both within and adjacent to the study area
- To facilitate an appropriate interface between residential and non-residential uses.
The Canning Highway project will has delivered to date through the following stages:
Canning Highway Stage 1 – whole of highway
The City completed a study into the potential for medium density development adjacent to Canning Highway in 2016. This included extensive community consultation and the report provides recommendations for the further detailed planning of the area.
Canning Highway Stage 2 – Berwick St to Douglas Ave
The City completed a study into the existing and desired future character of the Kensington/South Perth sections of Canning Highway, between Berwick St and Douglas Ave.
The City is now preparing an access study and drafting a Town Planning Scheme amendment and associated Local Planning Policy based on the report recommendations. These documents will be advertised for community comment.
Future projects to implement the recommendations of stage one will be undertaken subject to City resources.
The project stemmed from the City’s Draft Local Housing Strategy (2011), which identified challenges for the City between managing high density development along Canning Highway and the adjacent low density residential areas.
Canning Highway is affected by a Metropolitan Region Scheme ‘Primary Regional Road’ Reservation to facilitate road widening. The road reservation has a significant impact on properties abutting the highway, particularly on the southern side.
The #ShapeOurPlace project will identify improvements to the highway environment, both in the public realm and on private property.
The first stage of the project (undertaken in 2015) was to understand what elements of buildings along Canning Highway the community liked and did not like, and where they wish to see certain types of development within the study area. Below are the results of the first stage of community consultation.
What people liked:
- Large setbacks (the distance between the building and the lot boundary)
- Lots of vegetation, landscaping and greenery
- New and modern building styles
- Large balconies and eaves
- Varied facades, different textures and sustainable design of the building.
What people didn’t like:
- Garages that dominate the street frontage
- Developments that were too bulky for the street or too large for the block
- A lack of car parking
- A lack of privacy in buildings
- Buildings over six storeys high.
Where people wanted to see change:
- Greater heights on Canning Highway, particularly at key intersections
- Character areas, particularly in Kensington
- Areas of single houses and grouped dwellings behind Canning Highway
- A green buffer adjacent to Campbell Street along Canning highway
- A heritage protection area to preserve character homes within the City, in particular Kensington (this would be required to be addressed in a separate study).
The project is about understanding the existing character and appearance of the buildings within the study area and discovering what sort of development the community would like to see in the future. Generally, the properties along Canning Highway can be developed to greater intensities (more height and more dwellings) and therefore it is important to manage the transition from the highway into the residential streets behind.
The project will include community engagement, urban design analysis and development of planning controls. The project takes into consideration future plans to widen Canning Highway and recent decisions made by Council regarding properties in the study area.
Key steps involved in the project include:
- Understanding the existing built form of the area (what type of housing is there and what it looks like)
- Discovering what sort of development is possible and what the community would like to see in the future in specific areas; along the highway, adjacent to the highway and in the suburban streets. The project includes community engagement to identify the built form that the community believes is the most appropriate transition between the high density areas adjacent to Canning Highway and the adjoining low density areas
- Defining the ‘transition’ area. This is the area between the higher intensity development along the highway and the lower intensity development that is typical of a suburban street
- Providing recommendations for the City to address the objectives of the project, as outlined above, and make changes to the planning scheme to achieve desirable built form in the future.
The first part of the #ShapeOurPlace project was an overview of the entire study area. This was completed in November 2015 and the final consultant’s report was endorsed by Council in March 2016. The project will progress in a number of smaller and more detailed projects to investigate specific areas and develop planning controls.
The land along Canning Highway, between Berwick and Cale Streets, and the residential streets behind, will be included in the project. Not all of the study area will be affected by the final project outcomes.
The study area includes properties along and adjacent to Canning Highway that have development potential within the existing zoning, as well as properties that are zoned for lower density suburban development. The area also includes suburban areas that, while not likely to be directly impacted by changes, are close enough that we want to consider the impacts on them and gain feedback from residents.
GHD were engaged by the City of South Perth as a consultant to undertake the first part of the project. GHD provided a report with recommendations to the City in 2015.
TPG Town Planning, Urban Design and Heritage (TPG) were engaged as a consultant to undertake the second part of the project, focussing on Kensington and South Perth between Berwick Street and Douglas Avenue.
TPG provided a report with recommendations to the City in two parts; Part A in October 2016 and Part B in May 2017.
Future parts of the project will be undertaken by City staff and consultants, as appropriate.
The aim of the project is to develop changes to the City’s Town Planning Scheme No. 6 to:
- Encourage high quality development that meets community expectations
- Protect existing amenity
- Create a harmonious built form transition from the highway to the lower density residential areas.
In developing changes to the planning scheme the City will work with consultants to analyse the built form of the area and the potential for future development and will engage with the community to understand what is desirable for the area in the future.
The project will generate community events, council briefings, reports, planning policies and changes to the City’s planning scheme. This is a long-term project and the City will involve the community as much as possible in the process. No new policies or changes to the City’s planning scheme will be made without first informing the community and providing opportunities for comment.
In 2012 the City of South Perth prepared a Draft Local Housing Strategy. The Strategy identified that there are challenges for the City between managing high density development along Canning Highway and the adjacent low density residential areas. The Strategy recommended that the City investigate medium density coding for all residential zoned lots within 100 metres of Canning Highway and Manning Road.
The project is the next phase of planning for the Canning Highway area and will be more detailed than the Local Housing Strategy. The project will identify where challenges exist for the City and recommend where medium density coding may be appropriate.
The purpose of the review is NOT to increase density throughout the study area. Many properties within the study area will remain at their current zoning and density code.
Some properties adjacent to Canning Highway are likely to experience change in the future either through redevelopment or widening of the highway itself. The project will make recommendations to manage the “interface” between the highway and lower density (R20 and R15) residential areas. However many properties within the study area will remain at their current zoning and density code.
The review will not revisit previous decisions made by Council in preparing the Local Housing Strategy in 2012.
Built form refers to the appearance of the building. This may include elements such as the type of development (is it a single house, townhouse, unit, apartment etc.), building height, bulk and scale, street presentation and design articulation.
- ‘Height’ means how tall the building is
- ‘Bulk and scale’ means how big/bulky the development is, particularly in relation to the street
- ‘Street presentation’ means how the development looks from the street and may include elements such as landscaping, front fences, position of garages/car ports, roof form, windows etc
- ‘Design articulation’ means the design treatments that break up the building such as using different materials, balconies, changing levels, changing setbacks (distances from the lot boundary).
Different design can lead to different built form outcomes, even within areas with the same density codes.
There are three main types of housing:
- Single house
- Grouped dwelling (villa or townhouse); and
- Multiple dwelling (apartment).
Within each of these three types of dwellings, the built form (appearance) of the building can vary by changing certain elements of the building.
These types of housing are defined in State Planning Policy 3.1 – Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R Codes).
There are long term plans to widen Canning Highway. The widening will accommodate:
- Two lanes of traffic in each direction
- A transit/bicycle lane in each direction
- Wider verges for pedestrians, shared use and utilities/services
- A median strip.
The process of acquiring land for the widening will take a number of years, however it can already be seen on parts of the highway where there are large grassed verges and where the buildings are significantly set back from the highway.
Whilst there is no set timeframe for the widening, it is expected to happen over the next 20 years. Timing will be largely dependent on the State Government funding and the priority of the widening compared to other parts of the Perth road network.
The area likely to be affected by road widening can be viewed on the City of South Perth Town Planning Scheme No. 6. The road reserve (the space set aside for the road) is shown as the ‘Metropolitan Region Scheme Reserve – Primary Regional Road’ along Canning Highway in the Town Planning Scheme.
The draft amendment and local planning policy were to be presented to Council at the October Council meeting on 17 October 2017, however please be advised that the reports on these matters have been withdrawn from the Council agenda for the October meeting.
The City has prepared a draft amendment to Town Planning Scheme No. 6 to create a new planning precinct to be known as Canning Highway (East).
A report outlining planning recommendations for future development along Canning Highway in Kensington and South Perth has been finalised.
As part of the Canning Highway #ShapeOurPlace project, the City has undertaken a detailed assessment of the character of Kensington and South Perth.
The City has engaged TPG Town Planning, Urban Design and Heritage to undertake Stage Two of the Canning Highway #ShapeOurPlace project.
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