Busselton and Dunsborough Precinct Structure Plans

A Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) can be prepared for an ‘Activity Centre’, which is known as a vital city/town centre for our community and visitors. 

Activity Centres have a focus on mixed-use development in a vibrant, attractive and user-friendly ‘main street’ setting.

A PSP is a type of strategic planning document, and the preparation of a PSP is guided by the state planning framework. One important part of this process includes technical studies that will be used to inform the PSP. The technical studies might address -

  • The future retail/commercial needs of each centre;
  • Current parking supply and future demand;
  • Existing buildings and how we can improve in the future;
  • Bushfire risk for future development.

The technical reports will be used for guidance only, and it should not be assumed that the PSPs adopted by Council will be consistent with the report recommendations.

PSPs require many other preparation steps, including -

  • Consult and communicate with key community groups and organisations;
  • Council approval to start formal advertising;
  • Consult broadly with the community and government agencies;
  • Redraft the PSPs in response to comments received during consultation;
  • Further endorsement from Council;
  • A final decision (approval or refusal) by the Western Australian Planning Commission.

When completed, the PSPs will provide important guidance for future development in the Busselton City Centre and Dunsborough Town Centre.

Adopted PSPs will be available on the Structure Plans and Local Development Plans page.

Busselton PSP

Preparation of the Busselton PSP is currently on hold.  Studies that have been completed for the PSP and other similar projects include -

  • City Centre Retail & Commercial Analysis
  • Parking Utilisation and Future Demand Projections

Dunsborough PSP

Preparation of the Dunsborough PSP has been underway since 2018.

During 2018 the City consulted broadly with the community through the Re: Dunsborough initiative, when ideas were gathered on the preferred vision for the future of the Dunsborough Town Centre. This included a three month online discussion forum, and an interactive pop-up workshop for five days.

During 2019 and 2020, smaller workshops and discussions were held with community groups.

Several technical studies have been completed, including -

  • Commercial Growth Analysis
  • Parking Utilisation and Future Demand Projections
  • Urban Design Assessment
  • Bushfire Hazard Level Assessment

The Dunsborough PSP is currently being drafted, and broad consultation with the community and government agencies will begin after Council have approved the draft for advertising.

Related Information

2018 Dunsborough Engagement Outcomes Report

Busselton City Centre Retail & Commercial Analysis

Busselton Parking Utilisation and Future Demand Projections

Dunsborough Commercial Growth Analysis

Dunsborough Parking Utilisation and Future Demand Projections

Dunsborough Urban Design Assessment

Dunsborough Bushfire Hazard Level Assessment

Structure Plans and Local Development Plans

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