Midland Design Guidelines

Closes 11.59pm Sunday May 31, 2020.

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This consultation has now closed. 

The City is advertising two draft local planning policies: 

These two guidelines build on the objectives set out in the Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan and are focused on encouraging high-quality development. The guidelines introduce standards for development to create the intended character and amenity for each precinct.

The image below shows the areas which relate to the two guidelines, highlighted in yellow (Midland Oval Redevelopment Urban Design Guidelines) and orange (Midland Activity Centre Design Guidelines).

You can provide feedback on the guidelines using the online form below. Submissions must be lodged by 11.59 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2020.  

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The Midland Activity Centre Design Guidelines and Midland Oval Redevelopment Urban Design Guidelines provide additional guidance on what can be built within the Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan boundaries to create good outcomes for the community.

The two guidelines build on the objectives established by the Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan and Midland Activity Centre Masterplan and provide additional guidance and development standards. The provisions in the Midland Oval Redevelopment Urban Design Guidelines also stem from the objectives of the Midland Oval Redevelopment Masterplan Guidelines.

The guidelines are also in line with the direction of State Government State Planning Policies 7.0 Design for the Built Environment and State Planning Policy 7.3 Residential Design Codes Volume 1 Apartments.

The guidelines will be adopted as two local planning policies. The Midland Oval Redevelopment Urban Design Guidelines will guide development in the Midland Oval Precinct and the Midland Activity Centre Design Guidelines will apply to the Morrison Road East Precinct, Morrison Road West Precinct, Midland Gate Precinct and Midland West End Precinct (refer to map).

When determining applications for development approval, the City will use the guidelines as the primary assessment criteria along with the Local Planning Scheme, Policies and the Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan. Implementation of the guidelines will ensure the centre is realised as a key Strategic Metropolitan Centre for the north-east metropolitan region, providing high density and mixed use development.

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Legend

  Midland Oval Precinct 

Morrison Road East Precinct

Morrison Road West Precinct

Midland Gate Precinct

Midland West End Precinct

Existing Train Station

Proposed Train Station

Enhanced connectivity

Structure Plan boundary

 

Midland Activity Centre Master Plan

The Midland Activity Centre Master Plan was adopted by Council on 18 December 2013. It establishes a planning framework for the revitalisation of the Midland Activity Centre. The Master Plan examines the Activity Centre as a whole, providing strategic guidance to both the City and Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and helping to coordinate its development under different jurisdictions.

Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan

The Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan was approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission on January 30, 2018. The Structure Plan provides the strategic basis to decision making, guiding the types of land uses and the overall development that is intended within the Midland Activity Centre. It details the acceptable land uses, building heights, residential densities, plot ratios and movement arrangements for all modes of transport and pedestrian accessibility.

Midland Oval Redevelopment Masterplan

The Midland Oval Redevelopment Masterplan was initially adopted by Council on 30 January 2017 but the latest version was adopted in April 2018. The Master Plan creates a strategy for the redevelopment of Midland Oval. It sets out the urban design of the redevelopment and designates what land uses are appropriate to link up the Midland Activity Centre.

Scheme Amendment 119

The State Government identified Midland as a strategic metropolitan centre in  State Planning Policy 4.2 Activity Centres for Perth and Peel. Strategic metropolitan centres are regional hubs of activity. These multipurpose centres provide the full range of economic and community services necessary for the communities in their catchments. The main purpose of Scheme Amendment 119 was to rezone Midland's centre to align with State Government direction and allow new land uses as set out in the Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan. The scheme amendment was adopted by Council on May 10, 2017 and the West Australian Planning Commission gazetted the amendment on September 15, 2017.

 

State Planning Policy 4.2 Activity Centres for Perth and Peel designates Midland as a Strategic Metropolitan Centre. This required an Activity Centre Structure Plan for Midland. 
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City of Swan, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (now named Development WA) and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage collaborate on the Midland Activity Centre Master Plan to ensure alignment between jurisdictions and future plans.  
next step - Midland Activity Centre Master Plan and Guidelines are adopted by Council December 2013
Midland Activity Centre Master Plan and Guidelines are adopted by Council December 2013.
next step  
Midland Oval Redevelopment Planning   Local Planning Scheme Amendment 119

(gazetted September 2017)
 
 Midland Oval Redevelopment Masterplan (adopted by Council January 2017)   Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan

(approved by Western Australian Planning Commission January 2018)
 
Midland Oval Redevelopment Urban Design Guidelines   Midland Activity Centre Design Guidelines

Midland Activity Centre Design Guidelines Timeline 

Date Step 
August 2010 The Western Australian Planning Commission gazetted 'State Planning Policy 4.2 - Activity Centres for Perth and Peel'. This policy required the City to prepare an Activity Centre Structure Plan for Midland as a Strategic Metropolitan Centre. The City worked with the MRA and the Department of Planning on an Activity Centre Structure Plan for the Midland CBD, with the first step being the preparation of a draft Midland Activity Centre Master Plan and associated Design Guidelines.  
April 2013  The Midland Activity Centre Master Plan and Design Guidelines were developed and advertised to the public or a 60 day period.
December 2013

Council resolved to:

  1. Adopt the modified Midland Activity Centre Master Plan and associated Design Guidelines, as a basis for preparation of the Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan.
  2. Approve the preparation of a statutory structure plan for the Midland Activity Centre consistent with the Western Australian Planning Commission State Planning Policy 4.2 'Activity Centres for Perth and Peel'.
  3. Approve the development of the Midland Activity Centre Design Guidelines as a Local Planning Policy to be adopted in the future under Part 2 of City of Swan Local Planning Scheme No. 17, in order to guide upcoming development within the Activity Centre area.
  4.  Forward the modified Midland Activity Centre Master Plan and associated Design Guidelines to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority for adoption as guiding principles for development within the Midland area under their jurisdiction.
  5. Forward the modified Midland Activity Centre Master Plan and associated Design Guidelines to the Western Australian Planning Commission for notification and acknowledgement as the basis to the statutory Activity Centre Structure Plan required under 'State Planning Policy 4.2 - Activity Centres for Perth and Peel' (SPP 4.2) for the part of Midland under the City's control.  
June 2015  Council resolved to support the Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan to be advertised in conjunction with proposed Local Planning Scheme Amendment No. 119 for a period of 42 days. The proposed Local Planning Scheme Amendment No. 119 amended the zoning of the Midland CBD to the Strategic Regional Centre Zone.
September 2016 Council resolved to adopt the Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan and forward it to the Western Australian Planning Commission for endorsement.  
May 2017 Council resolved to adopt the final approval Amendment No. 119 to the Local Planning Scheme No. 17.  This Scheme Amendment came into effect and gazetted on the 15 September 2017.
January 2018 The Midland Activity Centre Plan was endorsed by the WAPC at the Statutory Planning Committee meeting.  
February 2020  Council Staff recommended to Council for the Midland Activity Centre Design Guidelines to be advertised as a Local Planning Policy. Council resolved to defer consideration of the matter until the 11 March 2020 Ordinary Meeting of Council to allow interested Councillors to be briefed to ensure Councillors fully understand these plans before they are released for public comment.
February 2020  Council were briefed on how the Midland Activity Centre Design Guidelines relate to the Midland Activity Structure Plan and the Midland Activity Centre Master Plan.   
March 2020 Council resolved to advertise the Midland Activity Centre Design Guidelines as a Local Planning Policy under Clause 2.4 of Local Planning Scheme No.17 in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015
 May 2020  The Midland Activity Design Guidelines are now being advertised for public comment.

Midland Oval Redevelopment Urban Design Guidelines Timeline

 Date Step 
2007  Midland Redevelopment Authority and the City of Swan agreed to undertake a joint planning initiative known as Midland 2017- the Challenge to review achievements and to prepare a comprehensive action plan for the continued revitalisation of Midland's City Centre over the next ten years. Through this process, the Midland Oval precinct was recognised as a key development area which had the potential to be the catalyst for further development within Midland. 
July 2015 Council resolved to endorse the draft Midland Oval Redevelopment Master Plan for advertising. The Master Plan was advertised for 42 days in conjunction with proposed Scheme Amendment No. 119 and the Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan.
November 2015 Council resolved to adopt the Midland Oval Redevelopment Master Plan, commit to further public consultation for the public open space once detailed designs had been prepared, and undertake further investigation into the parking in lieu contributions rate for the multi-deck car parking.  
January 2017 Midland Oval Redevelopment Master Plan was endorsed at the Special Meeting of Council. This has triggered the drafting of the Midland Oval Redevelopment Urban Design Guideline to progress the work for development.
April 2018 Council passed a motion which required a number of amendments to the Midland Oval Redevelopment Master Plan, primarily in regard to public open space. The Midland Oval Redevelopment Urban Design Guidelines have been updated to reflect the endorsed MORM. Further amendments have been made to update the document to be in line with Design WA SPP 7.0 and SPP 7.3 which was gazetted on the May 24, 2019, and Council’s decision on the April 10, 2019 to establish a Design Review Panel.
February 2020 City Staff recommended that the Midland Oval Redevelopment Urban Design Guideline be advertised as a Local Planning Policy. Council resolved to defer consideration of the matter until the March 11, 2020 Ordinary Meeting of Council to allow for a briefing to ensure Councillors fully understand these plans before they are released for public comment.
February 2020  Council were briefed on how the Midland Oval Redevelopment Urban Design Guidelines relate to the Midland Activity Structure Plan and the Midland Activity Centre Master Plan. 
March 2020 Council resolved to advertise the Midland Oval Redevelopment Urban Design Guidelines as a Local Planning Policy under Clause 2.4 of Local Planning Scheme No.17 in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.
May 2020  The Midland Oval Redevelopment Urban Design Guidelines are now being advertised for public comment from the 9 May until 31 May 2020.