City and Town Centres Planning

The City of Busselton Council has endorsed final concept plans prepared to guide future development and management of the Busselton City Centre and Dunsborough Town Centre. These plans will now form the basis for detailed design and engineering work, targeted consultation and implementation of a range of initiatives.

The concept plans were developed by the City over the past 18 months in close consultation with relevant groups to both centres, and has provided the opportunity to capture and assess some of the broader public debate and visions for our two major towns.

Mayor Ian Stubbs said that parking and traffic flow through both urban centres was one of the major issues that both concept plans aim to address. “With our district being such a popular holiday destination, our two main CBD areas experience seasonal congestion and parking pressure unlike anywhere elsewhere in the State; a problem that also compounds as our base population grows. These plans provide a blueprint for how our towns will look and how they will function in the future.”

Some of the priority projects included in the concept plan for the Busselton town centre include the Busselton Foreshore redevelopment, priority streetscape upgrades, a reduction in traffic speed limits, rezoning to provide an RAC-3 coding, and investigation of structure planning for redevelopment areas.

Some of the priority projects in the concept plan for the Dunsborough Town Centre include streetscape reconfiguration in the central town area, connection of Clark Street to Cape Naturaliste Road, and the identification of a potential strategic site for long term car parking provision. The plan also identifies a number of options for provision of additional car parking in the short to medium term, various areas for rezoning to accommodate natural growth of commercial land uses and the development of new pedestrian-friendly green spaces in the centre of the town.

Council has also adopted guidelines for the establishment of a Busselton City Centre Façade Refurbishment Subsidy Programme (further details coming soon) as well as new provisions for bicycle facilities to be provided in commercial development (refer to Local Planning Policy 8A).

The draft and the finally adopted concept plans are attached below.

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