The Midland local planning area includes the suburbs of Koongamia, Midland, Viveash and Woodbridge, the southern part of Middle Swan, and parts of Midvale and Bellevue.
Located 20 kilometres north east of the Perth CBD, it is the gateway to regional Western Australia with the Great Eastern Highway, Great Northern Highway and the Midland passenger and freight rail lines all leading into Midland. The catchment area for Midland extends far beyond the City of Swan's boundaries and includes the Perth Hills, Chittering, Gingin, the Wheatbelt and the Avon Valley, all contributing to the large customer catchment and employee base. The area is an established mixed-use area and includes industrial, commercial and residential land uses.
Settlement of the area dates from 1829, when the first land grant was made. The township of Midland grew around the railway station, quickly becoming the commercial and administrative centre of the City of Swan. Significant development occurred primarily in the post-war years, aided by construction of public housing in Koongamia in the 1950s and the development of Viveash in the 1960s.
The Midland local planning area includes the Midland Redevelopment Area, a 256 hectare piece of land assigned for mixed-use development including housing and apartments, cafes, restaurants and retail shops. The redevelopment project is expected to inject more than $1.2 billion into the local economy over the next 20 years and create around 7,500 jobs. Major facilties include the State's largest police complex with a communications centre, forensics and traffic operations, a GP Super Clinic and a new 300+ bed hospital which is due to open its doors to patients from November, 2015.
The Midland local planning area has a population of 11,861 and a total of 5,697 dwellings. More than 20 per cent of the population are aged less than 20 years, 51 per cent are aged between 20 and 54 years of age, 26.5 per cent are aged over 55 and of these 11 per cent are over 70 years of age. Almost 33 per cent of households are lone person and 55 per cent are family households of which more than 32 per cent are households with children.
The Midland Local Area Plan (2014) was endorsed by Council on December 3, 2014.