In conjunction with the Department of Commerce, the City of South Perth completed an urban design study covering the area known as Waterford Triangle in 2010.
Bounded by Manning Road, Conlon Street and McKay Street in the suburb of Waterford, the low density housing area is under pressure to accommodate higher density housing.
Recognising this, the purpose of the urban design study was to identify the most appropriate options for the future redevelopment of the area.
The vision for the Waterford Triangle is to ensure the revitalisation of an urban residential village to meet a number of community-identified objectives. The Urban Design Plan (UDP) and Urban Design Guidelines (UDG) specifically respond to community concerns about the present character of Waterford and issues of degraded streetscapes, ageing housing stock, perceptions of safety, unwelcoming parks and poorly lit open spaces.
The intention is to provide a positive image and development guide for the future of Waterford; to address community activity, infrastructure provision, development to match future demographics and the retention of valued attributes from the existing area.
The UDG will assist the City in making decisions about the area to deliver the vision in a more fluid and forward design focus than is possible with the Town Planning Scheme alone. They will also enable prospective developers to frame redevelopment proposals more attuned to the community vision.
The community identified 10 guiding principles for the Waterford Triangle UDP:
- Continue to be a place for a mixture of residents - students and non-students, owner-occupiers and tenants. Housing needs to provide sufficient opportunity for this diversity of lifestyle opportunity within the area
- Maintain its sense of community with a focus on the design and use of public spaces, easy access to facilities, amenities and surrounding needs
- Improve, through re-design, the leafy landscape, park and places for residents to exercise, play and meet in the public domain
- Have streets that do not carry large numbers of vehicles or provide for through-traffic but instead cater for slow-moving vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles
- Improve the quality of its streets to offer better:
- Pathways and cycle access;
- Lighting and open-sightlines;
- Balance between visitor parking and green space;
- Infrastructure and street-care;
- Incorporate better Water Sensitive Urban Design into public areas;
- Signage and local identity of place;
- Small spaces for people to stop and chat; and
- Allocation of space between private and public activities.
- Improve the edge of the site adjacent to Manning Road in terms of safe access for abutting properties, and explore better access alternatives to individual driveways onto Manning Road
- Encourage redevelopment to adopt best design for energy and water conservation, and to reflect a set of consistent design values for Waterford
- Re-think the configuration of spaces and land uses to offer more variety and interaction between residents
- Introduce some key facilities/amenities/activities/businesses, which might be of use to local people and create a stronger community spirit and sense of belonging
- Investigate ways to better link to the Canning River, Curtin University and the nearby Waterford Plaza Shopping Centre.