What is a MAP?

Why do MAPs matter?

What makes a MAP different? 

MAPS in Action

MAPS Assessment Framework 

What is a MAP?

The acronym MAPs (Multi-Age Precincts) was first coined by PerthALIVE and Future Perth. It describes housing precincts with specific features that cater for people of all ages and stages of life.

The key features of MAPs are:

  • MAPs are large, vibrant mixed-use developments in already established areas.
  • MAPs comprise at least several hundred dwelling (units?) within walking distance of a major transport hub, urban town centre and associated facilities.
  • MAPs are intentionally intergenerational and include an on-site service provider offering a range of lifestyle and aged care services suited to people of all ages and stages of life.
  • MAPs focus on social sustainability, with dedicated accommodation for a community facility that encourages positive community engagement by residents of both the precinct development and the local neighbourhood.

Why do MAPs matter?

MAPs have many social, environmental and economic benefits including:

  • Promoting community engagement, vibrancy and wellbeing
  • Promoting intergenerational living and ageing in place
  • Reducing the city’s carbon footprint
  • Reducing the cost of service delivery to an ageing population
  • Reducing the costs associated with ‘suburban sprawl’ 

A comprehensive and research-based rationale for MAPS can be found here.

What makes a MAP different?

On-site Services:  A critical component of any successful MAP is an on-site service provider offering a range of lifestyle and aged care services suited to people of all ages and stages of life. The provision of such services supports intergenerational, cradle-to-grave living.  The combination of traditional aged care/disability services with an array of ‘lifestyle services’ will be available not only to precinct residents, but also to the wider community in which the precinct sits. For more information, click here 

Community Facility: Another key feature of all MAPs is a community facility offering local residents a multi-purpose adaptable space where they can socialise, learn, create, support each other and have the opportunity to ‘give back’ to their communities. Community engagement does not just happen, and must be facilitated quite deliberately through integrated planning and design of the physical spaces.  It also requires active strategies and resources to ensure initial and ongoing governance and coordination arrangements to deliver a suite of community activities, events and services.

For more information, read Section 4 of the Perth Alive Policy Paper.

MAPS in Action

PerthALIVE believes that Claremont on the Park, now nearly complete, has become Perth’s first MAP development. To read more about Claremont on the Park, click here.

To read more about Claremont on the Park, click here.

In fact, Claremont on the Park won two awards in the recent UDIA 2021 excellence awards.

The first award went to DevelopmentWA  in the Urban Renewal category DevelopmentWA.  In describing the winning entry the judges said:

“Through the Claremont on the Park development DevelopmentWA has created a blueprint for a robust consultative process and stakeholder planning and development framework that has led the way in developing infill sites – particularly in density resistant, culturally rich areas- across Perth

A flagship trial saw DevelopmentWA collaborate with PerthALIVE, Blackburne and Amana Living to develop a “Multi-Aged Precinct’, providing innovative apartment design which encourages and enables residents to age in the community.”

More information can be found at

The second award went to Celsius Developments for LUCENT, one of the recently completed apartment blocks in the Claremont on the Park development.  It won the Excellence Award for Medium Density Apartment Developments (for buildings with less that 50 apartments)

The judges noted

The developer has offered a highly customisable apartment product that has been embraced by the market “

“Celsius showcased an industry first ‘Design your Own Apartment’(DYOA)campaign for Lucent”

“The DYOA campaign resulted in 10 apartment sales or 25% of the project with very limited expenditure prior to the official public launch”

“In addition to the internal apartment customisation the team wanted to create a sense of community by encouraging incidental encounters’ and conversations with fellow residents in communal spaces…””

There is more information at

MAPS Assessment Framework

PerthAlive has developed an assessment framework to assist planners, developers and community members towards achieving optimum MAPs outcomes, particularly in the early stages of the MAP’s development. To read more, click here.

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