In 2013 the City of Stirling commenced the Herdsman Glendalough Area Project. This project aims to facilitate the transition of Herdsman Glendalough over time into a high intensity mixed use area with improved public realm amenity and a strong focus on public transport.
To change the planning regulations to allow this to happen, an amendment to the City’s Local Planning Scheme is required to rezone the area to “Development Zone”. The Development controls for the area are then contained in a Structure Plan and Local Development Plan. A Development Contribution Plan will also be required to fund some of the infrastructure that will be required as a result of the planning intensification of the area. These planning documents are together termed the Planning Framework.
Ultimately the area will contain mid-rise and high-rise buildings housing an additional 22,000 people and be capable of providing an additional 20,000 jobs by 2051.
The Herdsman Glendalough Structure Plan was advertised for public comment on 20 January 2015. Key elements of the plan include:
Land use provisions:
- Commercial and residential parking provisions
- Locations of roads and proposed road reserves
- New public open space locations
- Explanatory information such as environment, movement networks etc.
The Detailed Area Plan was advertised on 3 March 2015 and will guide development and built form outcomes in the Herdsman Glendalough Area and will provide a basis for assessing development in the area. Key provisions of the Herdsman Glendalough Detailed Area Plan include:
- Streetscape and building articulation
- Plot ratio and height incentivised bonuses
As part of the implementation of this project, an amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme was required to change the Metropolitan Regional Scheme designation of the area from Industrial to Urban. The Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment was advertised for public comment on 3 April 2014 by the WAPC. When advertised, the proposed Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment showed a large area as Future Urban due to the misapplication of State Planning Policy 4.3 Poultry Farms (now revoked), to an area around a poultry processing plant. Because of this, finalisation of the Structure Plan and Local Development Plans were put on hold while the issue was resolved.
The Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment was ultimately modified to remove the Future Urban designation and was gazetted on 5 January 2018 to rezone the area Urban. This enabled the City to recommence the project, and introduce the Development Zoning into its scheme on 21 August 2018 (Amendment 39).
In October 2015 the State Government introduced the Planning and Development Act (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015. This changed the way that Structure Plans and Local Development Plans work and has necessitated rewriting the early Planning Framework so that it complies with the new regulations. In addition to this, the Development Contribution Plan for the area needs to be completed and publicly advertised.
This work will be carried out over 2018/2019.