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Client: Town of Port Hedland

Size of Study Area: 2,760 hectares

Location: Port Hedland

The Housing Capacity Study identified a number of sub-precincts in the Port Hedland and South Hedland urban areas, in addition to Wedgefield (caretaker dwellings only), suitable for an increase in residential density and infill development with a likely timeframe (short, medium, long term) being set for the supply of housing in each sub-precinct. The catalyst for the Housing Capacity Study was the Town’s desire to increase the current population of the Port Hedland and South Hedland urban areas from approximately 19,500 (based on the Town of Port Hedland’s research) in 2010 to at least 40,000 in 2025.

The Housing Capacity Study is comprised of various documents as follows:

Housing Capacity Study Report – containing the study methodology and objectives, town planning parameters applicable to the study area and a series of study outcomes

  • Part A – Precinct Plans – Housing Capacity Study Density Proposals
    A.1 – Port Hedland Precinct Plans
    A.2 – South Hedland Precinct Plans
    A.3 – Wedgefield Precinct Plan
  • Part B – Precinct Plans – Town of Port Hedland Matrix Density Proposals
    B.1 – Port Hedland Precinct and Criteria Plans
    B.2 – South Hedland Precinct and Criteria Plans\
  • Part C – Spreadsheet Analysis
    C.1 – Port Hedland Spreadsheet Analysis
    C.2 – South Hedland Spreadsheet Analysis
    C.3 – Wedgefield Spreadsheet Analysis

The findings of the Housing Capacity Study were the result of a detailed methodology formulated by the Town of Port Hedland and Rowe Group and included:

  • Site selection methodology;
  • Dwelling yield calculation methodology;
  • Density up-coding and infill methodology;
  • Urban expansion areas methodology;
  • Timing of housing provisions methodology;
  • Caretaker dwellings (Wedgefield) methodology; and
  • Town of Port Hedland recoding matrix methodology.

The Housing Capacity Study, based on the methodologies outlined above, makes a series of recommendations on a site-by-site basis throughout Port Hedland and South Hedland to enhance opportunities and generally encourage higher density infill development and ‘greenfield’ residential development.
The findings and data from the Housing Capacity Study also formed a major part of the Town’s Pilbara Port City Growth Plan (the Town’s Local Planning Strategy). The Growth Plan directly links the findings of the Housing Capacity Study to other subsequent statutory planning documents (i.e. the Growth Plan itself and subsequent Town Planning Scheme review) with the overall key objective being the delivery of a permanent residential population of 50,000 people in Port Hedland and South Hedland by 2031.

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Plan preparation
  • Stakeholder Liaison
  • Outcome timeframe analysis and recommendations
  • R-Code analysis and recommendations
  • Strategic analysis