The End of Urban Sprawl in Perth

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Over the past decade there’s been massive growth in housing developments along the Mandurah rail line. A while back the extension of the Joondalup rail line had a similar impact on Perth’s northern suburbs…
 
But there’s one big difference.
 
On the Mandurah line, many of the areas next to the stations are being transformed into sustainable, transit-oriented hubs, with diversified house and land packages and amenities.
 
The change reflects the WA Planning Commission’s Directions 2031 plan for the metropolitan Perth and Peel regions. The plan sets a vision to manage the housing and employment needs of an anticipated population of 3.5 million by 2031.
 
The plan’s housing targets are aimed at limiting ever growing urban sprawl by achieving a better balance between greenfields and infill development.
 
These hubs that are springing up around stations along the Mandurah line are designed to create infill activity centres that are attractive places in which to invest, live and work.
 
To make these hubs appealing to a broad spectrum, it’s important to make available a diverse range of high density housing options that meet the needs of people of all ages and all levels of income. A good example is Nicheliving’s new, affordable apartments which are next to the recently established Aubin Grove Train Station and the Harvest Lakes Shopping Centre.
 
There are a number of benefits to coupling high density infill development with regular rapid public transport services, such as reduced car dependency, improved sustainability and environmental advantages. And importantly, they can provide an affordable solution for time-poor people who don’t want to sit in the traffic and want a low maintenance, lock-up and leave home.
 
But the trend is not confined to the Mandurah line. It can also come into play when an existing station is refurbished. For example, Nicheliving’s mixed apartment/house and land development just 150m from the Beckenham Station on the Armadale line showed how strongly people are attracted to housing projects near a rail station, particularly where they offer a diversity of affordable home options.
 
This all points to the strong likelihood that the trend towards infill housing will also make itself felt near new Metronet train stations, such as the proposed Canning Vale Station which will create an activity centre close to the Roe Highway.
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