New look for urban density, design

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New design guidelines and refined zoning could improve the rollout of medium density housing in established urban areas. Western Australian Planning Commission chairman David Caddy believes applying the term ‘the missing middle’ to Perth is a misnomer. “The missing middle is not actually missing,” Mr Caddy said. “We have a ring of suburbs with medium density developments.” In suburbs like Doubleview, Tuart Hill, Belmont and Palmyra, quarter acre blocks have been chopped up to make way for triplexes and quadruplexes over the past 30 years. This type of development has made a big contribution to urban infill in Perth but…

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