In anticipation of the Midland Highway upgrade which is planned to ultimately bypass Perth, Council is working with the Department of State Growth and Northern Tasmania Development to develop a Perth Town Structure Plan that will give Perth the opportunity to build and promote its town character, providing a reason for people to come to live and raise a family.
The development of the Structure Plan has been awarded to GHD Pty Ltd, through their Launceston office, with the final report and plan expected around the end of 2016.
Whilst the primary focus of the Structure Plan will be the land on the southern and western edges of Perth, defined by the alignment of the highway by-pass, the whole of the Perth township will be considered as the Structure Plan produces:
• an audit of the current residential, commercial and industrial land demand and supply;
• an assessment of the additional land supply encompassed inside of the Southern and Western Perth link roads;
• an analysis of potential dwelling yield;
• an assessment of projected demand for residential, commercial and industrial land at different growth scenarios;
• an outline development plan (plan and description) incorporating:-
- indicative residential layout addressing diversity in density and accommodation types;
- existing and proposed roads and pathways (including shared pathways);
- open space network;
- streams and dedicated major overland flow paths;
- commercial and retail space;
- industrial land provision;
- linkages between existing town centre and new areas and river side access; and
- rationale for all of the above;
• a record of consultation;
• implementation strategies; and
• preferred staging and release.
Even though the construction of these link roads, forming the by-pass, will take several years to complete, detailed structure planning now will ensure that the future development of Perth is coordinated and has full regard to the needs and expectations of the community.
The Draft Perth Structure Plan can be downloaded by clicking on this link