Stirling Highway was first reserved as a primary Regional Road in the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) in 1963. At this time a reservation width up to eighty metres (more than twice the width needed for a road of this type) was declared. Various studies have been undertaken in that time have sought to determine the ultimate reservation width.
The Stirling Highway reservation south of Jarrad Street, Cottesloe was significantly reduced in 1996, and generally reflects the existing physical extent of the highway. The existing reservation has no capacity to accommodate physical improvements associated with pedestrian, cyclist and public transport infrastructure or safe turning lanes necessary for an effective and functional regional road network.
The Department of Planning undertook the Stirling Highway Access Corridor Study (SHACS) and consulted widely during 2012. An MRS amendment (1210/41) was adopted in 2017 to finalise in detail the Stirling Highway road reservation.
If you are considering a development proposal please contact the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage on (phone number and email) to clarify the situation of the land involved.
Details on the road reservation widths and the impact on individual properties is available on the WA Planning Commission website: