The Freo Alternative




The Freo Alternative is about generating a shared community vision on the future of housing in Fremantle.


We're engaging the community to understand how our planning rules could be changed to allow for more small housing options in Fremantle's suburban areas without compromising the values of established neighbourhoods.








The Freo Alternative is about generating a shared community vision on the future of housing in Fremantle.


We're engaging the community to understand how our planning rules could be changed to allow for more small housing options in Fremantle's suburban areas without compromising the values of established neighbourhoods.





  • Approval sought to advertise draft planning framework

    27 days ago


    The Freo Alternative has reached an important milestone. A draft scheme amendment and local planning policy for small infill housing will be considered by the Planning Committee on 7 June and Council on 28 June. This is the first step in the process for the next phase of community engagement.

    The amendment seeks to balance the need for greater housing diversity in Fremantle's suburbs with ensuring the right type of new development within these areas. Themes which emerged in the first phase of engagement have been incorporated into the draft amendment and areas for further consideration have been been identified for the next phase of engagement. This includes the areas within the City of Fremantle where the policy would apply, the maximum size and number of dwellings on a development site and mandating higher than standard sustainability requirements.

    You can view the draft amendment and local planning policy on the council agendas and minutes page. You're also welcome to attend the Planning Committee or Council meeting to ask a question, make a statement or simply observe. Find out how to get to the meeting and register for question time here.

    If adopted by council, it will enable the City of Fremantle to request approval from the West Australian Planning Commission to advertise the draft policy for public comment.

    We'll update you on the next steps for the project when the outcome of this decision is known.



    The Freo Alternative has reached an important milestone. A draft scheme amendment and local planning policy for small infill housing will be considered by the Planning Committee on 7 June and Council on 28 June. This is the first step in the process for the next phase of community engagement.

    The amendment seeks to balance the need for greater housing diversity in Fremantle's suburbs with ensuring the right type of new development within these areas. Themes which emerged in the first phase of engagement have been incorporated into the draft amendment and areas for further consideration have been been identified for the next phase of engagement. This includes the areas within the City of Fremantle where the policy would apply, the maximum size and number of dwellings on a development site and mandating higher than standard sustainability requirements.

    You can view the draft amendment and local planning policy on the council agendas and minutes page. You're also welcome to attend the Planning Committee or Council meeting to ask a question, make a statement or simply observe. Find out how to get to the meeting and register for question time here.

    If adopted by council, it will enable the City of Fremantle to request approval from the West Australian Planning Commission to advertise the draft policy for public comment.

    We'll update you on the next steps for the project when the outcome of this decision is known.


  • Council resolution on the Freo Alternative

    5 months ago

    Our Freo alternative – Big thinking about small housing community engagement process and outcomes report was presented to council on Wednesday 25 January.

    Council resolved to receive the outcomes report and recommended that the draft development provisions considered by Council in September 2015 and March 2016 be reviewed in the context of the eight key themes identified by the Freo Alternative. As an outcome of the engagement process, the review of draft development provisions will address the following matters:

    • Design provisions to promote communal interaction between neighbours.
    • Quantity and form of private open space for each new dwelling.
    • Design provisions to safeguard existing trees and/or require new tree planting on development sites, proportionate to achieving viable development of smaller housing typologies.
    • Whether draft planning standards providing reduced parking requirements for new smaller housing types, as previously discussed by Council, are the most appropriate approach to deal with parking demand and travel behaviour.
    • Whether current planning requirements for on-site vehicle manoeuvring space could be relaxed for new types of smaller residential development.
    • The level of access to public transport and local amenities required in order for an area to be considered a suitable, or preferred, location for the development of additional smaller housing typologies.
    • Draft planning standards for open space, outdoor living area and landscaping requirements.
    • The extent and form of provisions to ensure good quality design outcomes (including design that is responsive to local character and context).
    • The extent and form of provisions to encourage or mandate higher than ‘business as usual’ sustainability standards in building design and construction.

    You can read the council report and resolution in full here or watch a video summary From the council chambers.

    A local planning scheme amendment will now be drafted to reflect the council resolution. There will be further opportunites for community and stakeholder input into the development of the draft scheme which will be available for comment on My Say Freo mid-2017.

    Our Freo alternative – Big thinking about small housing community engagement process and outcomes report was presented to council on Wednesday 25 January.

    Council resolved to receive the outcomes report and recommended that the draft development provisions considered by Council in September 2015 and March 2016 be reviewed in the context of the eight key themes identified by the Freo Alternative. As an outcome of the engagement process, the review of draft development provisions will address the following matters:

    • Design provisions to promote communal interaction between neighbours.
    • Quantity and form of private open space for each new dwelling.
    • Design provisions to safeguard existing trees and/or require new tree planting on development sites, proportionate to achieving viable development of smaller housing typologies.
    • Whether draft planning standards providing reduced parking requirements for new smaller housing types, as previously discussed by Council, are the most appropriate approach to deal with parking demand and travel behaviour.
    • Whether current planning requirements for on-site vehicle manoeuvring space could be relaxed for new types of smaller residential development.
    • The level of access to public transport and local amenities required in order for an area to be considered a suitable, or preferred, location for the development of additional smaller housing typologies.
    • Draft planning standards for open space, outdoor living area and landscaping requirements.
    • The extent and form of provisions to ensure good quality design outcomes (including design that is responsive to local character and context).
    • The extent and form of provisions to encourage or mandate higher than ‘business as usual’ sustainability standards in building design and construction.

    You can read the council report and resolution in full here or watch a video summary From the council chambers.

    A local planning scheme amendment will now be drafted to reflect the council resolution. There will be further opportunites for community and stakeholder input into the development of the draft scheme which will be available for comment on My Say Freo mid-2017.

  • The Freo Alternative - guiding future policy

    6 months ago
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    The full engagement report from The Freo Alternative can now be downloaded from the document library

    Based on the values which City of Fremantle residents consider important, a series of recommendations have been made for future planning policy to facilitate development of smaller, more diverse housing. This was presented to Council on 25 January.

    A draft planning scheme amendment is expected to be available for public input mid-2017. Subscribe for updates to stay informed.



    The full engagement report from The Freo Alternative can now be downloaded from the document library

    Based on the values which City of Fremantle residents consider important, a series of recommendations have been made for future planning policy to facilitate development of smaller, more diverse housing. This was presented to Council on 25 January.

    A draft planning scheme amendment is expected to be available for public input mid-2017. Subscribe for updates to stay informed.



  • That's a wrap!

    7 months ago
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    That’s a wrap on the Freo Alternative engagement process.

    The Game of (Freo) Life, the third event in the community engagement series, was open at Many 6160 from 3 - 6 November. Over four days adults and children alike enjoyed designing their own piece of Freo....no design was the same!

    The City will now collate all of the data from the engagement series. This information will be made available when it is completed.

    The next phases of the Freo Alternative will commence in early 2017. Thank you to everyone who came to the consultation events and engaged in the Freo Alternative.

    That’s a wrap on the Freo Alternative engagement process.

    The Game of (Freo) Life, the third event in the community engagement series, was open at Many 6160 from 3 - 6 November. Over four days adults and children alike enjoyed designing their own piece of Freo....no design was the same!

    The City will now collate all of the data from the engagement series. This information will be made available when it is completed.

    The next phases of the Freo Alternative will commence in early 2017. Thank you to everyone who came to the consultation events and engaged in the Freo Alternative.
  • The Game of (Freo) Life

    8 months ago
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    The Game of Freo LIFE will be running in our pop-up lounge in Many 6160 (former MYER building) from 3 - 6 November 10:00am - 5:00pm.

    Show us how you'd like to design Freo's housing future! You set the planning rules and we encourage you to be creative with your design for small housing development on a typical Freo suburban lot. Drop-in to share your ideas with us and see how others have responded to the challenge.

    The Game of Freo LIFE will be running in our pop-up lounge in Many 6160 (former MYER building) from 3 - 6 November 10:00am - 5:00pm.

    Show us how you'd like to design Freo's housing future! You set the planning rules and we encourage you to be creative with your design for small housing development on a typical Freo suburban lot. Drop-in to share your ideas with us and see how others have responded to the challenge.
  • The Freo Alternative Focus Groups

    8 months ago
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    Thank you to everyone who attended a focus group to discuss changing planning rules to provide more housing options for a growing number of small households in our community.

    It's been valuable hearing what housing diversity means for you and about what values you want to inform future planning policy.

    A report on the outcomes of the focus groups will be available on this site soon.

    Thank you to everyone who attended a focus group to discuss changing planning rules to provide more housing options for a growing number of small households in our community.

    It's been valuable hearing what housing diversity means for you and about what values you want to inform future planning policy.

    A report on the outcomes of the focus groups will be available on this site soon.

  • Dialouge Cafe outcomes

    8 months ago

    The first phase of Freo Alternative engagement took place in September with 76 people contributing to the values and principles that will guide the development of future planning policy, both in person at the Dialogue Cafe and via the online survey. Read the community engagement report here.

    This valuable feedback will help inform the focus group discussions.


    The first phase of Freo Alternative engagement took place in September with 76 people contributing to the values and principles that will guide the development of future planning policy, both in person at the Dialogue Cafe and via the online survey. Read the community engagement report here.

    This valuable feedback will help inform the focus group discussions.


  • Dialogue Cafe held on 8th September

    10 months ago
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    Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas for providing diverse housing for a changing community at the Dialogue Café in the Fremantle Town Hall. We are currently in the process of reviewing your thoughts and responses.

    If you missed the event, you can still contribute your thoughts on the Freo Alternative survey.

    Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas for providing diverse housing for a changing community at the Dialogue Café in the Fremantle Town Hall. We are currently in the process of reviewing your thoughts and responses.

    If you missed the event, you can still contribute your thoughts on the Freo Alternative survey.

  • We’d love to hear your story

    4 months ago

    Do you live in a small house? Would a small house be a good fit for you or someone you know?

    We're looking at how smaller housing types can be provided in Fremantle and are keen to hear from people willing to share stories about their housing choices and lifestyle needs for housing. Your stories will to help us better understand what individuals, families and other households might be looking for in smaller housing types to inform a future planing approach to accommodate more diverse housing options.

    Complete the form

    Do you live in a small house? Would a small house be a good fit for you or someone you know?

    We're looking at how smaller housing types can be provided in Fremantle and are keen to hear from people willing to share stories about their housing choices and lifestyle needs for housing. Your stories will to help us better understand what individuals, families and other households might be looking for in smaller housing types to inform a future planing approach to accommodate more diverse housing options.

    Complete the form