Thursday, December 17th, 2009
THE City of Bayswater has given the go-ahead to an urban design framework to guide how Maylands develops in the future, following December’s council meeting.

The framework, generally covering the area within a 400m radius of the Maylands Train Station, will encourage the creation of a vibrant town centre with a mix of retail, commercial, leisure and residential uses.

As part of the initiative, streetscapes in Maylands town centre will receive a makeover to make higher-density living an attractive lifestyle option – while measures to protect the character and heritage of Maylands have also been included.

Public comment was sought on the draft framework in May and a community workshop was held in June to ensure local residents had a chance to provide input.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said the framework would help to give Maylands a considerable boost, adding to the vibrancy of the area.

“With people adopting different lifestyles nowadays, people want to live close to transport, local services, shops and entertainment and feel they have a connection to the area they live in,” he said.

“The framework will also encourage more housing choices, such as townhouses and apartment-style living, designed from high-quality architecture.

“It’s the beginning of a new era for the Maylands town centre, which should ultimately have a positive economic effect, as well as making the area more aesthetically pleasing.

“This part of Maylands will be given a considerable boost, increasing daytime activity in the area, while adding to its unique vitality.”

The City of Bayswater will now prepare an amendment to the Town Planning Scheme to address building design elements and controls, vehicle parking standards and access for people with disabilities in multi-storey buildings while also ensuring a range of housing choices and sizes will be available.

It will also liaise with the Public Transport Authority, Department of Planning, Main Roads WA, Western Power and the State Underground Power Program Committee on matters relating to bus services, traffic and car parking issues and underground power.

Part of the 2010-11 budget will be considered for a streetscape plan to upgrade and beautify local streets and community infrastructure, along with a traffic and car parking study.

“We want to make sure all the things that make Maylands a special place to live are preserved while progressing it into the second decade of the 21st century,” Mayor Kenyon said.

maylands.jpeg: An artist’s impression of how a revitalised Eighth Avenue in Maylands will look.

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
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