Better Practice Program

A Matter of Balance—Planning for Higher Density

Who should attend?

CEO’s, Directors, Senior Managers.

Why you need to attend…

Perth is facing significant challenges as it looks to address the low-density urban sprawl which characterises our metropolitan area.

The State Government has a strategy for the future development of Perth that aims to accommodate 47% of all new dwellings as infill development within existing suburbs and has set residential infill targets for each local government. Metronet also supports the strategy to connect our suburbs, reduce road congestion and meet Perth’s future planning needs.
Many local governments are experiencing challenges in the way its communities are needing to change and, in particular, managing community resistance/concern regarding the development outcomes occurring in these infill areas.
This forum A Matter of Balance—Planning for Higher Density is designed to explore current issues and identify the strategies that will achieve quality housing outcomes for our State.


Vision for Future Development of Perth
Gail McGowan, Director General, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Gail will provide an overview of the State Government’s vision for a planning system which can better meet the aspirations and needs of governments, stakeholders and communities and how State and local governments can work together to best meet community expectations.

Legal Challenges to Higher Density Development
Andrew Roberts, Managing Partner, McLeods Barristers and Solicitors
With increasing housing development pressures in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State, Andrew will provide an overview from a legal perspective on the role of local governments in progressing higher density urban development, challenges currently being faced and the obstacles local governments need to manage.

Case Study: City of Joondalup and Higher Density Challenges
Garry Hunt, CEO, City of Joondalup
Garry will discuss how the City started developing its LHS in 2010 by identifying suitable strategically selected HOAs, however, significant community opposition has led to the City’s review of how infill development is managed, with preparation of a new planning framework being undertaken that requires a higher quality of design and better manages the impact of development on existing residents and streetscapes.

Case Study: City of Nedlands and Higher Density Challenges
Greg Trevaskis, former CEO, City of Nedlands
Greg will provide an overview of how the City worked toward its given infill target and allocated higher density in areas where it considered could be best accommodated, to have the WAPC advise the City it had not been ambitious enough in its plan to boost the number of dwellings. The Planning Minister has recently compelled the City to make modifications to the draft LPS and return it to her for final approval. Where to from here?

Case Study: City of South Perth and Higher Density Challenges

Geoff Glass, CEO, City of South Perth
Geoff will talk about the City of South Perth’s aim to formalise its activity centre plan, designed to accommodate projected and required growth to ensure a functioning, sustainable and viable activity centre. However, after years of negotiation between residents, business owners and developers, community groups remain opposed to the proposal.

LG Professionals WA expresses its appreciation to the City of South Perth for kindly hosting this event.

When and Where


Thursday 11 April 2019


8.30 am (for an 8.45 am start) to 12 noon – light lunch served.


BanksiaParking is available either in the bays to the front (right) of the Administration Building or in the overflow car park 
(see map). Please do not park in allocated staff parking.

City of South Perth
Cnr Sandgate Street and South Terrace
South Perth

Parking is available on site.


There is no registration fee for attendance at this forum, however, the event is a Local Government Professionals WA member event and registrations are restricted to two LG Professionals members per local government or two local government officers per LG Professionals Council Corporate Member.
Non-members may register (subject to availability)—$100 per registration.

Registrations are required—close Friday 29 March 2019.

Program Information as a pdf:

  Download the flyer and application form.