Canning Highway

For the most up to date information on the Canning Highway project, visit the Canning Highway page on the City of South Perth website.

Canning Highway is a key transport and urban corridor which plays an important role in the City of South Perth. The area adjacent to the highway is very diverse, with a range of housing types and non-residential land uses.

The Canning Highway #ShapeOurPlace project is an ongoing series of studies to understand the area and plan for the future. The City’s draft Local Housing Strategy (2011) first identified challenges for the City between managing high density development along Canning Highway and the adjacent low density residential areas.

The purpose of the Canning Highway #ShapeOurPlace project is to articulate a desirable future character for Canning Highway and adjacent areas, reflecting an appropriate scale and intensity for the strategic context of the place.

The review will recommend changes to the City’s Town Planning Scheme No. 6 to:

  • Encourage high quality development that meets community expectations;
  • Protect existing amenity;
  • Create a harmonious built form transition from the highway to the lower density residential areas.
The Canning Highway #ShapeOurPlace project will be delivered across two stages:
  • Stage One - Whole of highway
  • Stage Two - Berwick Street to Douglas Avenue
Further detail on each stage can be found below.


Canning Highway is a key transport and urban corridor which plays an important role in the City of South Perth. The area adjacent to the highway is very diverse, with a range of housing types and non-residential land uses.

The Canning Highway #ShapeOurPlace project is an ongoing series of studies to understand the area and plan for the future. The City’s draft Local Housing Strategy (2011) first identified challenges for the City between managing high density development along Canning Highway and the adjacent low density residential areas.

The purpose of the Canning Highway #ShapeOurPlace project is to articulate a desirable future character for Canning Highway and adjacent areas, reflecting an appropriate scale and intensity for the strategic context of the place.

The review will recommend changes to the City’s Town Planning Scheme No. 6 to:

  • Encourage high quality development that meets community expectations;
  • Protect existing amenity;
  • Create a harmonious built form transition from the highway to the lower density residential areas.
The Canning Highway #ShapeOurPlace project will be delivered across two stages:
  • Stage One - Whole of highway
  • Stage Two - Berwick Street to Douglas Avenue
Further detail on each stage can be found below.


For the most up to date information on the Canning Highway project, visit the Canning Highway page on the City of South Perth website.
  • Stage 2 update - Draft Scheme Amendment (No. 57) and Local Planning Policy (P351.16)

    10 months ago

    Following a series of studies, community consultation and the preparation of a detailed character study report (known as the Kensington/South Perth – Character Study Report), the City has prepared a draft amendment to Town Planning Scheme No. 6 and an associated draft local planning policy, which will be considered at the 26 June Council meeting, for endorsement to go out for public comment.

    The draft amendment proposes to:

    • Create a new precinct for the subject area, ‘Precinct 16: Canning Highway (East)’;
    • Apply development provisions relating to height, plot ratio, setbacks, building design and vehicle access for all new comprehensive development within the new precinct; and
    • Create a new special control area for land fronting Canning Highway at the eastern end of the new precinct to resolve vehicular access issues.

    The draft local planning policy (P351.16) provides further guidance on the development provisions contained in the draft amendment. Matters covered in the draft policy include how setback/building separation areas should be used, design quality and climate sensitive design.

    Further information on both the draft amendment and policy is included in the draft Council reports (June 2018), including copies the draft amendment documents and policy are available below:

    If the draft amendment and draft local planning policy are endorsed to go out for public comment by Council at the June meeting, the above documents will be formally advertised here along with a feedback form.

    Following a series of studies, community consultation and the preparation of a detailed character study report (known as the Kensington/South Perth – Character Study Report), the City has prepared a draft amendment to Town Planning Scheme No. 6 and an associated draft local planning policy, which will be considered at the 26 June Council meeting, for endorsement to go out for public comment.

    The draft amendment proposes to:

    • Create a new precinct for the subject area, ‘Precinct 16: Canning Highway (East)’;
    • Apply development provisions relating to height, plot ratio, setbacks, building design and vehicle access for all new comprehensive development within the new precinct; and
    • Create a new special control area for land fronting Canning Highway at the eastern end of the new precinct to resolve vehicular access issues.

    The draft local planning policy (P351.16) provides further guidance on the development provisions contained in the draft amendment. Matters covered in the draft policy include how setback/building separation areas should be used, design quality and climate sensitive design.

    Further information on both the draft amendment and policy is included in the draft Council reports (June 2018), including copies the draft amendment documents and policy are available below:

    If the draft amendment and draft local planning policy are endorsed to go out for public comment by Council at the June meeting, the above documents will be formally advertised here along with a feedback form.
  • Canning Highway Stage 1 - Whole of highway

    almost 3 years ago

    The City completed a study into the potential for medium density development adjacent to Canning Highway in 2016. This included extensive community consultation and the report provides recommendations for the further detailed planning of the area.

    The City completed a study into the potential for medium density development adjacent to Canning Highway in 2016. This included extensive community consultation and the report provides recommendations for the further detailed planning of the area.

  • Canning Highway Stage 2 - Berwick Street to Douglas Avenue

    over 2 years ago

    The City completed a study into the existing and desired future character of the Kensington/South Perth sections of Canning Highway, between Berwick Street and Douglas Avenue.

    The City is now preparing an access study and drafting a Town Planning Scheme amendment and associated Local Planning Policy based on the report recommendations. These documents will be advertised for community comment.

    The City completed a study into the existing and desired future character of the Kensington/South Perth sections of Canning Highway, between Berwick Street and Douglas Avenue.

    The City is now preparing an access study and drafting a Town Planning Scheme amendment and associated Local Planning Policy based on the report recommendations. These documents will be advertised for community comment.