Frequently Asked Questions

    What is an Activity Centre Plan?

    An Activity Centre Plan is a type of structure plan that coordinates future zoning, subdivision and development of land. More specifically, they are a planning instrument that addresses the structural elements in the planning and development of land, such as built form controls, public open space, road hierarchy, stormwater management and infrastructure and servicing requirements.

    Activity Centre Plans are prepared in accordance with Part 5 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 – Schedule 2 – Deemed Provisions as well as the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Structure Plan Framework (August 2015) and State Planning Policy 4.2 – Activity Centres for Perth and Peel.

    Why is pre-consultation on the draft Activity Centre Plan being undertaken?

    Due to the complexity of the draft Activity Centre Plan, it was considered necessary to provide the community with adequate time to review the plan and provide comments. It also provides the City of Belmont with an opportunity to undertake an in-depth review of the draft Activity Centre Plan in light of the submissions received, prior to undertaking formal advertising.

    How long will it take for the planning framework to be adopted?

    It is difficult to provide a precise timeframe for when the planning framework will be adopted due to a range of factors beyond the City’s control. Notwithstanding, the City is aiming to provide the draft Activity Centre Plan to the Western Australian Planning Commission for determination in mid to late 2021.

    When will development occur in Development Area 6?

    As most of the developable land is privately owned, the actual timing and sequence of development will be subject to market demand and development intentions of individual landowners.

    When will Redcliffe Train Station become operational?

    The Public Transport Authority has advised that the Forrestfield Airport Link, including Redcliffe Train Station, will become operational in the second half of 2021.

    Will Redcliffe Train Station have a Park and Ride and drop-off facility?

    The Redcliffe Train Station will have a 500 bay ‘Park and Ride’ facility which is proposed to be located within Perth Airport’s land to the east of Second Street. A 25 bay ‘Kiss and Ride’ facility is also proposed to be located adjacent to the Station entrance, accessed from Central Avenue.

    How will buses access Redcliffe Train Station?

    Buses will access Redcliffe Train Station from Second Street and Central Avenue (south). The Redcliffe Train Station will form a bus/train interchange with six bus bays located at the station entry.

    How will parking be managed in Development Area 6?

    Parking required to service individual developments, including resident and visitor parking for residential developments, and employee and customer parking for commercial and office developments, must be provided on-site as part of that development, in accordance with the standards contained within the draft Activity Centre Plan. The management of on-street car parking within the precinct will be undertaken by the City.

    When and why was Brearley Avenue closed?

    Brearley Avenue previously served as the primary point of access to the Perth Domestic Terminal. When Tonkin Highway was upgraded in 2015, provision was made for a direct exit point onto Dunreath Drive. This resulted in Brearley Avenue no longer being required as an access point to the Perth Domestic Airport and contributed to the decision of closing Brearley Avenue. The decision to close Brearley Avenue also coincided with the State Government’s initiative to extend the passenger rail network to connect Redcliffe, Perth Airport and Forrestfield.

    The closure of Brearley Avenue has presented an opportunity to reconnect residential streets and provide an improved, walkable and robust precinct. Partial closure of Brearley Avenue occurred in 2017, with full closure occurring on 7 October 2018.

    What is the anticipated population and dwelling growth in Development Area 6?

    The draft Activity Centre Plan suggests a potential yield of 2,550-3,600 dwellings that could accommodate a population of 5,350-7,560 people. The timing of growth will be dependent on market conditions and landowners intentions to undertake development, and is therefore difficult to predict.

    What new infrastructure is required in Development Area 6?

    The redevelopment of the area requires significant investment in infrastructure to support both new development and the operation of the future Redcliffe Train Station. The key infrastructure required in the precinct includes:

    ·  The realignment of the Southern Main Drain.

    ·  The development of public open space areas.

    ·  The construction of new road connections.

    ·  Capacity upgrades to the existing water, sewer and gas infrastructure.

    ·  Undergrounding power.

    ·  Upgrades to the existing local road network.

    Who will be responsible for delivering new infrastructure?

    It is anticipated that the City of Belmont and State agencies will be responsible for delivering infrastructure within the precinct, some of which will be funded by contributions paid when landowners undertake development.

    What is a Development Contribution Plan?

    The draft Activity Centre Plan proposes to establish a Development Contribution Plan (DCP) to provide for the sharing of infrastructure delivery costs amongst developing landowners within the precinct. A DCP operates by requiring landowners to make a financial contribution towards infrastructure when undertaking subdivision and/or development, with the funds collected being expended in accordance with an adopted staging plan.

    Why is a Development Contribution Plan required?

    The fragmented landownership and established nature of Development Area 6 presents a significant challenge whereby no one developer can be reasonably expected to fund and deliver infrastructure.  Furthermore, the timing of development is subject to the intentions of individual landowners, making funding and delivery difficult to synchronise, thereby warrant a degree of coordination.

    When will I be required to make a contribution under the Development Contribution Plan?

    Landowners would only be required to make a contribution under the Development Contribution Plan when undertaking subdivision and/or development.

    When will new infrastructure be delivered?

    The draft Activity Centre Plan identifies priorities for the delivery of infrastructure in the precinct.

    Highest Priority:

    • Landscape public open space around Redcliffe Train Station.
    • Construct a roundabout at the intersection of Second Street and Boulder Avenue at the entrance of the Park and Ride facility supporting Redcliffe Train Station.
    • Deliver road connections surrounding Redcliffe Train Station, including a connection between Central Avenue and Bulong Avenue and Bulong Avenue and Second Street.

    High Priority:

    • Realign and transform the Southern Main Drain into an urban stream.
    • Realign services and utilities in the former Brearley Avenue road reserve.
    • Deliver and landscape the central area of public open space within the former Brearley Avenue road reserve.
    • Deliver a road connection between Kanowna Avenue and Boulder Street.

    Medium Priority:

    • Upgrade local roads and undertake streetscape improvements.
    • Deliver underground power.
    • Upgrade existing water, sewer and gas infrastructure.

    Low Priority:

    • Investigate and deliver additional areas of public open space.

    How much public open space will be provided in Development Area 6?

    The draft Activity Centre Plan proposes to reconfigure the existing public open space network in the precinct. The former Brearley Avenue road reserve will be transformed into a central open space corridor spanning from Great Eastern Highway to the Redcliffe Train Station. A total of 3.6623ha or public open space is proposed by the plan, an increase of 484m² and representing 8.72% of developable land within the precinct.

    A detailed outline of the proposed public open space provision is available here.

    What changes are proposed to the road network?

    The draft Activity Centre Plan proposes several changes to the existing road network, with the key change being the reconnection of the original grid road layout following the removal of Brearley Avenue.  The plan also proposes to adjust the manner in which several intersections are controlled and provide traffic calming devices and streetscape upgrades.

    A detailed outline of the proposed road network is available here.

    Will traffic increase in Development Area 6?

    Traffic modelling indicates that traffic will increase on most roads over time, particularly as a result of the introduction of the Redcliffe Train Station and uses undertaken in Perth Airport estate. Redevelopment within DA6 will also lead to increases in traffic on local roads within the precinct, however these increases are expected to be gradual as development occurs over time.

    How does the draft Activity Centre Plan address traffic and ‘rat-running’ in Development Area 6?

    In the absence of any traffic controls, it is recognised that there is potential for vehicles to move through the DA6 precinct to access Perth Airport. To address this, the draft Activity Centre Plan proposes:

    ·  Road and streetscape upgrades that are designed to slow traffic through the area.

    ·  The signalisation of the Central Avenue and Second Street intersection.

    ·  To maintain the existing cul-de-sacs at Bulong Avenue and Central Avenue to prevent access to/from Great Eastern Highway. This arrangement however will be reassessed when Great Eastern Highway is upgraded and Qantas relocates all operations from Terminal 3 and 4 at Perth Airport (earmarked to occur in 2025).

    The ongoing monitoring of traffic will be necessary to ensure that the above measures are effective in deterring movements through the precinct.

    In addition, upgrades to Tonkin Highway and Great Eastern Highway as part of the approved Tonkin Highway Gap Project is expected facilitate improved access to Perth Airport from Tonkin Highway and alleviate pressure on the local road network.

    When will Great Eastern Highway be upgraded?

    Great Eastern Highway is a regional road that is under the care and control of Main Roads WA. The timeframes for upgrading Great Eastern Highway are unknown as the State Government has not yet committed to undertaking these works.

    Why are there Precinct Areas?

    The following five precinct areas are proposed as part of the draft Activity Centre Plan:

    • Centre Precinct
    • Centre Transition Precinct
    • Residential Core Precinct
    • School Interface Precinct
    • Urban Corridor Precinct

    The five precinct areas have been identified for the purposes of establishing unique, precinct specific, building controls relating to density, height and setbacks.