Mirrabooka Town Centre, Mirrabooka WA

Jeff acted as Project Director in the creation of a form-based code for the Mirrabooka Town Centre. This work was undertaken concurrently with a new Structure Plan and Urban Design Strategy for the centre. The objective of the DAP was to create a clear structure to guide future densification and additional uses that might locate in the new town centre, particularly in light of the potential for future light rail to act as a stimulus to development. As part of the process, we worked closely with co-consultants, the Department of Planning, Landcorp, Department of Housing and other agencies. We also facilitated several community engagement events including a Community Open Day and a Community Workshop. The Detailed Area Plan sets out a range of location-specific and general development standards based on the ‘facade types’ approach. The town centre uses 8 façade types to control various interfaces and intended development outcomes. The ‘façade standards’ had to account for a range of factors such as likely land use, visibility to passing trade, scale of the adjacent street, and availability of on-street parking. The eventual built form described by the DAP allows for up to 8 storey buildings along the major arterials, with smaller buildings along more intimate internal streets. The intended retail mainstreet has clear standards to require a retail shopfront interface at ground level. Jeff undertook this work while at Urbis.