Karrinyup Activity Centre

The City ran a series of community engagement workshops and Community Reference Group to plan for the Karrinyup Activity Centre. Online consultation on the outcomes of this process is complete. Preparation of formal planning documents and advertising will take place later in 2022. Closing date: 11 March 2022 Follow project

The Karrinyup Activity Centre community engagement began on 27 October 2021 with a Vision Workshop at Stirling Community Centres - Karrinyup and was attended by 95 community members. The Vision Workshop provided the theoretical context of the project area to help shape the project direction.

Community engagement continued 8 December 2021 with a Design Workshop at Stirling Community Centres - Karrinyup and was attended by 71 community members. The Design workshop built upon the theoretical context in the Vision Workshop and presented early design elements for discussion.

The engagement process was to culminate on 23 February 2022 with an Open Day at Stirling Community Centres - Karrinyup where the outcomes of the engagement process were to be presented. However, this moved to online consultation due to the evolving situation with COVID-19 and changes surrounding the State Government Safe Transition Plan.

Consultation on the outcomes of the workshop engagements closed on Friday 11 March 2022. You can view all the workshop engagement presentations and outcome reports below.

Karrinyup Activity Centre

Karrinyup Activity Centre Community Reference Group

The City of Stirling has established a Community Reference Group to provide input into the development of an updated vision for the Karrinyup Activity Centre.

Primary objectives of the Community Reference Group:

  • To provide focused community feedback on the vision for the Karrinyup Activity Centre
  • To provide feedback on planning instruments that may result from the visioning exercise.


Why is the City not doing a Structure Plan for the Activity Centre?

The City met with the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage to discuss the preparation of a Structure Plan. It was determined that a Precinct Structure Plan would not be required because:

  • The requirements in the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 that trigger the requirement for a Structure Plan were not met
  • Most of the land in the Activity Centre is already approved, under construction or complete and a Structure Plan can’t alter that outcome
  • The matters addressed by a Precinct Structure Plan have already been addressed by the approval and construction of the shopping centre
  • A Precinct Structure Plan is only a ‘due regard’ document. The Town Planning Scheme can contain provisions for height and built form and they will carry more weight than a planning document that is due regard.

Given the above it was agreed by DPLH that the City should undertake community engagement and depending on the outcome of the engagement undertake any amendments to the Scheme and policies as required.

What is the Community Reference Group?

The Community Reference Group (CRG) is comprised of a panel of people who registered to represent a section of the community or a particular interest, in this engagement exercise. The CRG has met twice so far, to facilitate practical exchange of ideas, concerns and processes relating to the Karrinyup Activity Centre.

The CRG was established to create an open dialogue between community members, stakeholders and the City. Members of the CRG have been encouraged to communicate their involvement back into the community. Registration for the CRG took place at the Vision Workshop and after invitation letters were sent out to the community.

What is the Community Engagement going to do?

Through a series of workshops with the community and stakeholders, a vision will be developed that will guide the Karrinyup Activity Centre. A planning framework will be prepared in collaboration with the community to implement the vision.

What is being built on the shopping centre site?

The expansion of Karrinyup Shopping Centre to 113,000m2  has resulted in it becoming WA’s biggest shopping centre. It was approved by the JDAP in 2015 and included 4882 car bays and 131 dwellings and is scheduled for completion in late 2021. In September 2021 a development for 3 residential towers was approved by JDAP with heights of 24, 15 and 9 stories.  

Is Karrinyup going to be rezoned to high density?

No zoning changes have been proposed at this stage. Any changes to zoning will be developed in collaboration with the community.

Is the Stirling Libraries - Karrinyup going to be redeveloped?

No redevelopment plans exist for the Stirling Libraries - Karrinyup or the library site.

Parking is becoming a problem. What is being done to fix it?

The City is currently undertaking a parking management plan for the Karrinyup Activity Centre (and various other centres in the City of Stirling). It includes actions to monitor and address public parking operated by the City. When complete, the plan will be advertised to affected residents who will have the opportunity to comment on the plan.

Who approved the Karrinyup West high-rise development?

The Metro Inner-North Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) approved the development on 23 September 2021, despite Council recommending it be refused.

What is the background of the project?

Development in the Karrinyup Activity Centre and the redevelopment of the Shopping Centre itself, have led to significant community objections. Broadly, the objections relate to the overdevelopment of the site with high-rise apartments and the desire for strategic planning to be undertaken in the Centre.

Community members formed the Karrinyup Residents for Responsible Development (KRRD), conducted independent surveys of the community, tabled petitions to the City and consistently attended council meetings, determined to have an impact on the proposed developments.

These actions culminated in seven motions being presented at the Special Electors’ Meeting held on 24 February 2021. Council considered these motions at its meeting held 30 March 2021 and resolved 11 recommendations including the preparation of a report to explore the strategic planning options for the centre. Council considered this report at its meeting on 17 August 2021 and resolved to undertake a Community Engagement Strategy, Planning Process and establish a Community Reference Group (CRG) to determine the vision for the centre.

The Community Engagement Strategy involved the operation of a Vision Workshop and Design Workshop, plus regular CRG meetings. The workshops have concluded with online consultation material showcasing the community vision which will inform the planning process that is required to implement the vision for the Karrinyup Activity Centre.


Vision Workshop

Wednesday 27 October 2021

Community Reference Group Meeting #1

Thursday 2 December 2021

Design Workshop

Wednesday 8 December 2021

Community Reference Group Meeting # 2 (Microsoft Teams)

Thursday 10 February 2022

Presentation of Karrinyup Activity Centre Future (online consultation)

Wednesday 23 February 2022

Online consultation closes

Friday 11 March 2022

Community Reference Group Meeting #3

Thursday 31 March 2022

Preparation and advertising of planning framework

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For more information, contact Peter Melrosa, City Future on (08) 9205 8555 or email peter.melrosa@stirling.wa.gov.au.

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