Why do we need to develop a plan for the UWA-QEII precinct?

    The UWA QEII precinct is a major economic hub in Perth and is strategically important for the State’s economy. As these major institutions evolve and expand, the surrounding neighbourhood is also changing, with greater demand for housing and shops near to this major activity.

    In addition, the state anticipates that by the year 2050, the population of Perth will rise to 3.5 million. In order to accommodate this population growth in an efficient and cost-effective manner, the State Government has established a target for residential intensification within existing urban areas.   

    State Government has also identified this area as a logical place to accommodate some growth and clustering of business activity of State and regional significance, concentration of linked businesses and institutions to accommodate future growth in jobs and housing.

    Why is the City doing the Crawley-Nedlands workshops?

    The City of Perth, working together with the City of Nedlands, are undertaking this study to make sure they have a strong vision for the future of the Crawley Nedlands neighbourhood.  Since the boundary of the City of Perth was realigned in 2016, both the City of Perth and the City of Nedlands have been reconsidering the longer-term plans for the neighbourhood, and it is now time to work with the community to take the next steps. 

    To do this, the Cities are embarking on the Crawley-Nedlands Exploration workshops to investigate the community’s values, ideas and expectations for the neighbourhood. This study will support longer-term planning for the UWA QEII precinct and its surrounds, and the community’s input will help to influence that planning. 

    These Crawley-Nedlands Exploration workshops will comprise a visioning and built form review with the community. A Citizens Advisory Panel (CAP) will be formed with representatives from the community to take part in these workshops. 

    The CAP will be made up of a representative group of individuals that reflect the community, randomly selected to form a panel which discusses and deliberates on the vision for the future, built form and opportunities and constraints. 

    The Panel will hear technical advice and feedback from key community groups and technical experts and the process will be undertaken in a fully transparent environment. The Panel will ultimately work together/deliberate and provide input to the development of the UWA QEII Precinct Plan.

    The CAP will meet on the following dates:

    • Wednesday 9 June 2021 – 6:00-8:30pm
    • Wednesday 23 June 2021 – 6:00-8:30pm
    • Saturday 24 July 2021 – 12:00-5:00pm
    • Wednesday 4 August 2021 – 6:00-8:00pm

    Participants must be able to attend each of the meeting dates and catering will be provided.

    How do I get involved?


    Invitations will be sent across the study area and surrounds (see map) to both residents, business and landlords. If you are interested in being on the Panel you should register on the following link:  

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CNExplore  by 26 May 2021

    How is the Citizens Advisory Panel selected?

    Recruitment and final selection of panellists for the CAP is a multi-step process utilising an external consultant who is responsible for ensuring that the process is transparent and independent. 

    Those people interested in joining the Panel should express interest in participating on the CAP by registering. Stratification goals are set including age, gender and location and then the interested registrants are sorted and filtered again using a randomisation function in Microsoft Excel, to ensure that the final selection includes the relevant number of people within each of the stratification categories. 

    Finally, the selected participants are advised. Only in the few days before the Panel commences are the City's given the panellist details. This is to ensure that the independence of the process is true right up until the panel start date. 

    What if I express interest but I am not selected to attend the Citizens Advisory Panel?

    Unfortunately, our numbers are limited to make sure that the workshop experience is effective and achieves the workshop goals. Because of this, some people will miss out on the opportunity to be directly involved in the CAP.   For those who miss out, other opportunities to review the outcomes or be involved will be provided.  

    When will the project be implemented?

    The outcomes of the Crawley-Nedlands Exploration workshops will provide the early community inputs to the UWA QEII Precinct Plan.  It is envisaged that this precinct plan will be developed over 2022/2023. Following this, changes will be made to the planning framework. The timing for this is unknown at this point in time.

    How will the plans impact my property?

    Once the planning framework has been updated, landowners will be able to develop their property in line with the updated planning documents, but there is no requirement for development to occur within a specific timeframe.

    What is an improvement plan and improvement scheme?

    An improvement plan is a high-level strategic planning instrument used to advance the planning, development, and use of land in an area identified by the WAPC as requiring special planning. It is the first step to creating a planning framework that establishes the appropriate development potential and planning standards for an area.

    Improvement plans set out the broad objectives for the redevelopment of the area, after which an ‘improvement scheme’ is prepared.

    An improvement scheme is a statutory planning scheme, similar to a local planning scheme.   Improvement schemes set out the specific standards for future development to achieve the objectives set out in the improvement plan.

    Once an improvement scheme comes into effect, it will replace any region planning scheme or local planning scheme that would usually apply to the area.

    The WAPC is the determining authority for applications for development approval in the improvement scheme area. However, the WAPC may delegate these powers to other bodies, such as the relevant local government.

    For further information regarding improvement plans and improvement schemes, visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website

    Will the community be consulted in the preparation of an improvement scheme?

    The WAPC is required to advertise an improvement scheme for no less than 90 days, and to consider all submissions made regarding the improvement scheme.

    It is also the City’s expectation that the State will undertake extensive and genuine community engagement in the preparation of an improvement scheme for the area.

    How will this impact my property?

    The specific requirements for properties have yet to be determined, therefore the exact impacts on your property are unknown.

    An improvement plan is the first step to creating a planning framework through an improvement scheme. As such, development undertaken under an improvement plan is still subject to the usual requirements regarding approvals under the existing local planning scheme.

    Will the City need to prepare a precinct structure plan, if an improvement plan is in place?

    No, the improvement plan provides the basis for an improvement scheme to be prepared by the State Government and replace the requirement for a precinct structure plan.

    What is a precinct structure plan?

    A precinct structure plan is a document that guides future land use and development within a specific area or ‘precinct’. Precinct structure plans provide a clear vision and strategic direction on what type of development or redevelopment may occur and forms the basis for the assessment and determination of subdivision and development applications within the structure plan area.

    Precinct structure plans comprise of two ‘parts’. ‘Part 1’ outlines the development requirements for the precinct plan area. ‘Part 2’ provides the background and explanatory information to support the strategic direction and development requirements outlined in Part 1.

    State Planning Policy 7.2: Precinct Design, State Planning Policy 4.2 – Activity Centres and their supporting Guidelines, outline the need and process for preparing a precinct structure plan.