Planning for an ageing population

Pressure on appropriate housing for seniors has prompted Property Council WA to back the State Government’s plan to ensure there is adequate provisions for aged-care facilities and retirement living developments in each local government area.

The State Government is seeking feedback on a draft position statement that suggests local planning and housing strategies specifically cater for older residents. It wants projections and targets for residential aged care included in planning and housing strategies, including incentives for greater density and bonus height and plot ratios for planned aged-care facilities or retirement villages.

Property Council WA Executive Director Sandra Brewer said the importance of planning rules that enable innovation in housing and aged-care for seniors could not be understated.

“It’s vital community concerns about density don’t derail careful and consistent planning for well-designed infrastructure for older West Australians,” Property Council WA Executive Director Sandra Brewer said.

“We are considering our response to the State Government’s plans for an ageing population and we’re also advocating for more flexible rules for development and redevelopment within Retirement Villages as well as closely monitoring the review of the Retirement Villages Act.”

The Retirement Village industry has developed an eight-point plan designed to ensure quality control for residents.

The State Government is seeking feedback, via the WA Planning Commission, on its desire to keep aged care and retirement villages in residential areas and to identify other suitable locations.

Property Council WA plans to work with its Planning, Retirement Living and Residential Committees to draft a response before the January 19, 2020 deadline.