Transport planning guidelines

Resources to help apply best practice for transport planning to support development across Western Australia.

A suite of transport planning guidelines exist to assist local governments, developers, policy makers and practitioners plan integrated and effective transport solutions.

The guidance on this page covers transport planning, transport modelling, car parking and travel planning to support development across Western Australia. 

Active transport

Bike riding, walking and other forms of micromobility are integral to the State’s transport system. Infrastructure that supports and encourages these modes is critical to enhancing place; creating vibrant, liveable and connected communities; and helping people access key destinations and public transport.

We are developing a suite of guidance to provide better information to local government authorities and other practitioners involved in planning and designing for active transport in Western Australia.

Further information and available planning and design guidance can be found on the Planning and designing for active transport in WA webpage.

  Activity centres

Activity centres are mixed use urban areas where there is a concentration of commercial, residential and other land uses. They are multi-functional community focal points where people live, work, shop, meet and relax.

Successful activity centres, by their very nature, attract activity – this can lead to increased travel and congestion. Transport planning, including parking management and transport modelling, is important in providing an objective basis for projecting and measuring potential impacts on the transport system due to new development or redevelopment of activity centres.

The following documents provide parking and transport modelling guidance for activity centres.

  Shopping centres

Shopping centres often form part of activity centres and generate large numbers of trips by customers, employees and deliveries on both weekdays and weekends.

While car trips remain one of the most popular forms of access to existing and new shopping centres, it is important that parking provided is well-managed to mitigate impacts to the surrounding road network.

Travel planning is a tool that helps manage how people get to and from centres and supports people making alternative travel choices. It goes hand in hand with parking management in promoting efficient, sustainable access to shopping centres and managing transport impacts on the community.

The following documents provide guidance on parking and travel plans for large shopping centres, as such shopping centres are of a scale that can have the potential to create significant transport issues if not given appropriate attention.

  Tertiary educational institutions

Tertiary educational institutions are major trip generators attracting a diverse mix of visitors across different times of the day and year. It is beneficial for institutions to develop a Parking Supply and Management Plan, which can help address:

  • changes to parking supply
  • local traffic congestion
  • pricing strategies
  • sustainable access for staff, students and visitors.

The following guidelines provide strategies and processes for preparing Parking Supply and Management Plans for tertiary educational institutions.

  Integrated transport planning

The Western Australian Planning Commission’s Guidelines for preparation of integrated transport plans present best practice approaches to preparing an integrated transport plan together with details of suggested principles and policy context.

The guidelines highlight the importance and opportunities for partnership and community involvement in identifying, understanding and resolving local transport issues.

Page last updated: Wed Sep 20 2023 9:39:30 AM