The Plan for the Metropolitan Region Perth and Fremantle Western Australia was prepared for the Government of Western Australia by Gordon Stephenson MCP B Arch FRIBA MTPI AILA, Consultant and J A Hepburn ARICS AMTPI MAPI Town Planning Commissioner. The Atlas contains the survey and proposals maps, and is the companion volume to the Report which was separate. Acknowledgement was given to the Mines Department which created the base plan for Plates 1 to 9 and for this Geological Survey. It was printed and published by the Government Printing Office Perth Western Australia. By Authority: Reg A Nicholas, Acting Government Printer
Gordon Stephenson and J Hepburn were engaged in 1953 by the West Australian Government to provide a first metropolitan regional plan for Perth and its port Fremantle as the basis for a holistic scheme for controlling land use. The plan produced known as the Stephenson Hepburn Plan (1955) established many planning standards, and became widely accepted as the definitive study of the factors influencing the future development of Perth metropolitan region. (Ref M Grose)
The plan has been in operation since 1963. The completed report recommended that a regional planning authority be established (The West Australian Planning Commission) for the purpose of implementing the regional planning scheme—a recommendation that was passed into law with the MRTPS Act of 1959. The Act centralised sub-division control, keeping it in the hands of the State Government, but delegated many local planning responsibilities to local government.
The overall structure was updated and extended in the Corridor Plan of 1970 and the Metroplan of 1990. In 2006 the Planning and Development Act 2005 (WA) superseded the MRTPS Act 1959