Since 2016 the City of Stirling has been working with the community to develop the Better Suburbs Strategy. We’re interested to hear what you think about some possible changes to the centres in Balga, Mirrabooka and Nollamara as phase one of potential zoning changes for the project area.
Phase 1 of the implementation of the Better Suburbs Strategy focuses on changes to the planning framework for the Nollamara, Mirrabooka Village and Balga Plaza Shopping Centres. The changes would allow new public plazas, new retail, higher residential density and more tree coverage on private and public land.
The documents are being advertised from 31 October 2019 at www.yoursay.stirling.wa.gov.au/better-suburbs until Thursday 12 December 2019.
Better Suburbs Strategy
The strategy aims to keep larger house blocks in residential areas of the City for bigger households, increase the number of trees and improve the overall liveability of the City. It focuses investment, jobs and housing growth along public transport corridors and within activity centres.
Scheme Amendment No.109
This proposes to rezone properties in and around the Balga Plaza, Mirrabooka Village, and Nollamara Shopping Centres. This could allow for new public plazas, new retail, higher residential density, and more tree coverage on private and public land.
Draft Local Development Plan
A draft Local Development Plan goes with the proposed Scheme Amendment. The draft Local Development Plan explains building heights, lot sizes, and building setbacks for landscaping for each lot within Mirrabooka Village, Nollamara Shopping Centre and Balga Plaza.
Proposed Road Closure
To create a new shopping/dining street and a public plaza surrounded by shops, we will need to close some roads in the car park of Nollamara Shopping Centre fronting Nollamara Avenue and Hillsborough Drive.
Previous Community Engagement
The City talked to a lot of people to find out what they like about where they live, what could be improved, and what they want from the City. The planning frameworks have been developed based on the vision of the community.
Listening Posts and Community Survey - 2016/2017
The City started community consultation for the Better Suburbs project December 2016.
The City set up eight listening posts across the Better Suburbs area between 08 December 2016 and 10 December 2016 at Mirrabooka Village, Nollamara Shops, Stirling Central, Balga Friday Markets, Mirrabooka Mosque, Nollamara Buddhist Centre, and the Mirrabooka Shopping Centre.
City officers talked to landowners, tenants and visitors about their suburbs. Participants also completed a survey that covered a range of development issues affecting the Better Suburbs area. The survey was also available on the City's website.
The survey ended on 28 February 2017 with 864 completed surveys submitted.
Vision and Design Workshops - 2017
During March and April 2017, the City held a series of vision/design workshops where City officers worked with the participants to create a long-term vision and to generate designs to manage the key planning issues.
From July to August 2017, the City met with community groups, building industry representatives and State Government agencies to generate ideas on multi-generational housing, shops, and centre design. The community and stakeholder inputs shaped the draft plans for the Better Suburbs area prepared by the City and its consultant team.
Open Day and Community Festival - 2017
The City displayed the draft plans for the future development of Balga, Dianella, Mirrabooka, Nollamara and Westminster at a Public Open Day and Community Festival on 26 November 2017. The draft plans were developed in consultation with the community as part of the community consultation programme in 2016 and 2017.
For more information regarding the Better Suburbs project, contact the City Planning Team on (08) 9205 8555.