Have your chance to help shape the future of the Armadale City Centre and share your thoughts on the City's Draft Armadale Strategic Metropolitan Centre Structure Plan and City Centre Design Guidelines.
Public comments are now invited on the Draft Structure Plan and Design Guidelines which will guide the future expansion and activation of the City Centre for the next 25 years.
Armadale is the key Strategic Metropolitan Centre for Perth's south east growth corridor, one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. The Centre is designated to become the key destination for employment, retail, commercial, entertainment, education, culture, arts, tourism, justice and health for the region.
The City's Chief Executive Officer, Ray Tame said the Structure Plan is a 25 to 30 year vision and aspires to guide the growth of the City Centre, which is expected to attract private sector investment of $2.2 billion in coming years.
“The City Centre will need to grow to accommodate a forecast regional population of 455,770 by 2050, an increase of almost 260,000 from 2011 figures. This will increase the demand for a variety of services and facilities in Armadale for both business and recreation purposes.”
The City has worked with landowners and key stakeholders including the State Government's Metronet team to prepare the Draft Plan which includes examination into the grade separation of vehicle and pedestrian crossings along the Armadale rail line to support the ultimate Armadale to Byford rail extension. A variety of options were considered with the preferred option proposing to lower a portion of the rail line through the City Centre, including the Armadale Train Station. This proposal is designed to significantly enhance development potential and to better connect the areas east and west of the railway line.
The main highlights of the Structure Plan include undergrounding of the Armadale Train Station; creation of a Town Centre above the train station that will include a piazza that will connect to Jull Street Mall; and new development that will facilitate the expansion of retail, entertainment and office accommodation in the City Centre. The Draft Plan will also facilitate a variety of housing that will include medium and high density housing and short stay accommodation.
The Draft Structure Plan and Design Guidelines provides a new framework for the transformation of the Armadale City Centre with the potential to create up to 250,000sqm of new retail, entertainment, commercial and office floor space, supporting a workforce of up to 18,000 people and creating approximately 3,500 new city centre dwellings for an anticipated population of 7,000 people over a 25 to 30 year period. The Draft Plan also proposed improvements to the public realm including streets, parks and cycle ways to create a more liveable, walkable and vibrant City Centre.
“The City has been preparing the structure plan since early 2017, and engaged architectural group Hassell to work with the City to develop the Draft Structure Plan and Design Guidelines. The project team engaged in consultation with key government stakeholders, elected members and landowners, through a series of project briefings and workshops.
“The public will now have the opportunity to engage with both the City's officers and consultants at displays in the City Centre shopping centres. They will have the opportunity to ask questions and make submissions on the Draft Plan”, he said.
Colourful project stands will be on display in Armadale Shopping Centre on Saturday 12 May from 9am to 4pm, and Armadale Central Shopping Centre on Wednesday 16 May from 11am to 3pm. The public will have the opportunity to make a submission on the Draft Plan between 8 May and 5 June.
The Draft Structure Plan and Design Guidelines are available to view on the Out for Comment page together with a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions, concept drawings and submission documents.