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Planning and Development Act 2005

Town Planning Scheme Amendment

Better Suburbs Project

Since 2016 the City of Stirling has been working with the community to develop the Better Suburbs Strategy a series of planning documents. The City is now seeking your comment on the Strategy and Statutory Planning Documents that propose to rezone the centres in Balga, Mirrabooka, and Nollamara as phase one of potential zoning changes for the area.

Draft Better Suburbs Strategy

The strategy aims to maintain lower density residential areas of the City for family and larger households, increase tree coverage, improve the overall liveability of the City, and focus investment, jobs and housing growth along public transport corridors and within activity centres. The Draft Better Suburbs Strategy can be located here or in the document library below.

Local Planning Scheme No.3:- Amendment No.109

Amendment No.109 proposes to rezone properties in and around the Balga Plaza, Mirrabooka Village, and Nollamara Shopping Centres. The changes would allow for new public plazas, new retail, higher residential density and more tree coverage on private and public land. The proposed Amendment No.109 can be located here or in the document library below.

Draft Local Development Plan

A draft Local Development Plan goes with the proposed Scheme Amendment for each neighbourhood centre. The draft Local Development Plan outlines building heights, lot sizes and building setbacks for landscaping for each lot within the neighbourhood centres. The proposed Local Development Plan can be located here or in the document library below.

Proposed road closure around the Nollamara Shopping Centre

The plan proposes road closures in the car park of Nollamara Shopping Centre fronting Nollamara Avenue and Hillsborough Drive, to enable the creation of a shopping/dining street in the centre and a new public plaza surrounded by shops. The proposed road closure plans can be found in the image gallery below.

Council Meeting Minutes for the initation can be found here

Did you know? 

You can find out more information on this project by visiting the City’s Main Administration Building at 25 Cedric Street, Stirling between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or by attending one of the City’s open days during the below hours:


How will parking at the shopping centres be managed?

The City’s parking studies completed in 2019 show that there is more than enough parking at the shopping centres. The average car park use at Nollamara is 36%, at Mirrabooka is 46% and Balga Plaza is 33%. So while there may be pressure at some times, for most of the time more than half the carparks are empty.

If the owners of the shopping centres do go ahead with redevelopment work they will need to ensure that the parking provided complies with the relevant Local Development Plan. There will be  parking along the streets around the centres and on new streets built within centres. Whilst some bays will be removed at Nollamara to make way for new buildings, new on-street bays will compensate for this loss. 

How will tree cover be maintained and increased?

New development along the corridors and in centres will have to allow spaces at all front, rear and side boundaries to provide space for trees (this is a new requirement). Consolidating of driveways for new development will also provide space in the verge for new street trees.

These details are in the ‘Building Types’ sections of the Local Development Plan. 

Why will some areas be able to keep big block sizes, but others not?

The City’s Local Planning Strategy, which aligns with the State Government’s Perth and Peel @ 3.5 Million plan, requires 75% of new dwellings to be in activity centres or along urban corridors as these are well served by public transport. This means that the existing areas of houses on larger blocks are being kept to provide housing for families.

What does R-AC0 mean and what is the development potential for my land?

Unlike R20 or R40 which is a standard density coding contained in the State Government’s Residential Design Codes, R-AC0 provides the mechanism for the City to set out specific rules for a particular area. 

These are in the Local Development Plan (LDP). The LDP and the Better Suburbs Strategy use building types such as D1 and A2 which provide a three-dimensional building envelope diagram to outline the maximum building form.

Based on our extensive community consultation, we have developed a number of different building types to ensure that there is an appropriate building type for all centres and along all corridors to ensure there is enough room for planting trees and stepping down of building heights

Where can I find more information about this project?

How do I lodge a submission?

  • Online using the submission form below
  • Email, quoting reference: Better Suburbs
  • Post Chief Executive Officer C/- City Planning, City of Stirling, 25 Cedric Street, STIRLING WA 6021 quoting reference: Better Suburbs.

Submissions must be received by 5.00pm, Thursday 12 December 2019.

We need your name and address on your submission, but we will keep this confidential.

If you make any comments on this proposal we will write to you to let you know when the outcomes of advertising of the proposal will be considered by the City’s Planning and Development Committee.

If you have any queries, please call the City Planning Business Unit on (08) 9205 8555.

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For more information, contact the City Planning Team on (08) 9205 8555 or email