What we do can be grouped into four categories. For more information on each click one of the links below.
PerthALIVE Policy Paper
Over the years PerthALIVE has documented its ideas into a clear strategic framework in the form of a policy document. This policy statement is based on the notion of Multi-Age Precincts or MAPs and we use it as a way to discuss our concepts with those interested in building vibrant inter-generational environments. To read our policy in detail go to https://perthalive.com/submissions/perthalive-policy-paper/
What is a MAP?
A MAP describes housing precincts with specific features that cater for people of all ages and stages of life. Key features of a MAP relate to its size, multi-use and access to a major transport hub. For more information about MAPS please refer to https://perthalive.com/multi-age-precincts-maps/
In order to assist planners, developers and community members achieve optimum MAPs outcomes PerthALIVE is developing self-assessment tools and other resources.
MAPs Assessment Tool
By highlighting the essential features of a MAP with its focus on inter-generational living we have identified and described related sets of standards so that precincts can be self-assessed by developers, planners and community members in the design and planning stage. High ratings indicate features that meet a high level of MAP outcomes. Lower ratings suggest areas that require further consideration and development.
To access the MAPs Assessment tool click here.
Community consultation – practical hints for developers
In working over the years with a range of developers on potential MAPs, we have gleaned some practical experience about what seems to work when consulting with communities, some of the traps that can occur, and how these might be avoided. We are currently in the process of documenting this learning with a view, eventually, to making it available for the benefit of others.
Setting up a Community Hub
We consider a community hub to be central to a successful MAP, and PerthAlive members are currently facilitating the development of the community hub in Claremont on the Park. The process is being documented. In time, a set of suggestions will be derived, setting out the steps involved and hopefully offering advice for others wishing to establish their own community hubs.
New Apartment Guidelines
In 2016 PerthALIVE participated in a Working Party for the then Department of Planning to look at Design Guidelines for Apartments in WA. The new residential code designs released in February 2019 “inform the community on the principles of good design and planning practice for the development of residential apartments.” It is a comprehensive document outlining a range of elements of good design and listing acceptable outcomes and design guidance.
It is intended to provide a “platform to accommodate a growing population, close to new and existing public transport infrastructure and good design will be central to meeting community needs and expectations now and into the future.” As the Minister stated at the time,
This addresses many of the issues that concern communities including walkable neighbourhoods, retaining street trees, providing green open spaces, ensuring new apartment blocks fit in with their surroundings, parking and privacy concerns.
PerthALIVE notes that the new guidelines align with many elements we consider essential for MAPs, and we look forward to contributing to future design work for medium density and precinct developments coordinated by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.
The document can be viewed at
The State Planning Policy 7.2- Precinct Design was gazetted and became operational on 19 February 2021.
The Guidelines, along with State Planning Policy 7.0 Design of the Built Environment (WAPC, 2019) (SPP 7.0), draft State Planning Policy 4.2 Activity Centres (WAPC, 2020) (SPP 4.2), and the local planning framework, are the predominant documents relating to precinct design for use by decision-making authorities and referral agencies during the consideration of strategic and statutory planning proposals, subdivisions and development applications.
Specifically, the State Planning Policy 7.2 Precinct Design Guidelines (the Guidelines) provide supporting information for communities, decision-making authorities, landowners, proponents, referral agencies and practitioners to implement State Planning Policy 7.2 Precinct Design (SPP 7.2).
Specifically, they assist in: – appropriate land use planning and design outcomes in relation to precincts across the State – ensuring that appropriate standards of design are met in the implementation of land use and development within precincts – outlining a process for the preparation of precinct structure plans and local development plans in a precinct context (precinct plans). The Guidelines should be read in conjunction with SPP 7.2 Precinct Design and the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations).
The Guidelines have been developed to: – guide planners, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, builders and other professionals when planning for and designing precincts, and preparing a precinct plan for approval – assist planning and design professionals in local and State government with strategic planning and in the preparation, assessment and review of precinct plans – inform the community on the principles of good design practice for precincts and how they can contribute to the process.
Since its establishment PerthALIVE has been invited to present its ideas at a range of conferences and other seminars/meetings by government, non-government and private organisations. Click here to view the presentations we have delivered.
PerthAlive actively advocates for the MAPs concept to be integrated into new government and private sector developments. One way in which they pursue this objective is to make submissions when new developments are in the planning and consultation stage. Most recently this has included Subi East.
From time to time local Perth universities have asked PerthALIVE to support project work for students in architecture, design and planning at both the University of Western Australia and Curtin University.
In 2020 PerthALIVE decided to issue occasional newsletters to its members about its work. These will emerge within the time and energy of committee members.
Click here to view Newsletter 1, which was published in April 2020.