What is a Local Planning Strategy?

A Local Planning Strategy is a document that provides a vision for the future growth and development of a local government.

The State Government requires each local government to produce a Local Planning Strategy that:

·  sets out the City’s long term planning direction

·  applies any relevant State or regional planning policies

·  provides the rationale for zonings and other classifications of land under the Local Planning Scheme.

The City has developed a draft Local Planning Strategy and we are seeking your feedback by 5.00pm Friday 1 June 2018. 

Why do we need a Local Planning Strategy?

All local governments are required to prepare a Local Planning Strategy under the State Government’s Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, before preparing a Local Planning Scheme.

A Local Planning Strategy is also a very important planning tool for the City as it helps to provide:

·  all community stakeholders with an understanding of the City’s direction for future land use and development

·  clear guidance to the City and all government decision-makers to make decisions more in line with the City’s agreed direction

·  better context for prioritising capital works expenditure and leveraging funding for community infrastructure.

The Local Planning Strategy will also seek to address the City's requirement to develop options to meet housing targets under the State Government's Directions 2031, draft Perth and Peel@3.5Million and the draft Central Sub-regional Planning Framework.

How is a Local Planning Strategy different to a Local Planning Scheme?

Local Planning Strategy

A Local Planning Strategy is essentially a ‘road map’ of the future growth directions for the City. The Local Planning Strategy is intended to guide future decisions in relation to rezoning, residential density changes and funding for future services and infrastructure.

Local Planning Scheme

A Local Planning Scheme is a statutory document that sets out zonings and other classifications over land and provides rules and requirements that control land use and development in the City. It also sets out the processes that must be followed to obtain planning approvals.

The Local Planning Strategy guides the zoning and regulations in the Local Planning Scheme. 

What key issues does the Local Planning Strategy address?

The Local Planning Strategy is a two part document.

Part one contains the overall strategic direction for the City including actions as to how the strategy will be implemented. 

Part two contains all relevant background information and an analysis of the issues the City is facing and provides the rationale for part one.

Part two is set out in chapters, which cover the different topics that are relevant to urban planning including:

·  planning context

·  physical environment

·  population and housing

·  economy and employment

·  retail and commerce

·  tourism

·  recreation and open space

·  community facilities

·  urban design character and heritage

·  traffic and transport

·  infrastructure services.

How will the City manage future residential density and growth?

The Local Planning Strategy aims to accommodate the majority of future residential growth in and around Activity Centres and along Activity Corridors. 

I own property/live in or along one of the identified Activity Centres or Corridors, what does that mean?

Activity Centres and Corridors identified in the Local Planning Strategy are those with the potential for change. Some of these Activity Centres and Corridors have plans in place, such as the Better Suburbs area, Stirling City Centre, Beaufort Street, Tuart Hill and Scarborough Beach Road. In other areas, changes will only occur as part of place-based planning projects which will look at residential density. Extensive public consultation will occur as part of these projects.

More information on these place-based projects can be found on the City’s Urban projects page.

Does this mean that my property will be rezoned?

It is not possible at this stage to make any predictions about individual properties as the Local Planning Strategy is a high level document, which focuses on setting the strategic direction for broader areas within the City. The strategy identifies the areas that have the potential for change.

Specific property rezoning will be investigated as part of the City’s future place-based planning projects, such as the Better Suburbs, Stirling City Centre, Beaufort Street and Scarborough Beach Road projects. More information on these place-based projects can be found on the City’s Urban projects page.

I own property/live in an area that is not in one of the identified centres or along one of the corridors, how will this impact my property?

The strategy identifies areas that have the potential for change and areas outside of these are likely to remain as they are in terms of future growth potential. 

What is place-based planning?

Place-based planning is a way to shape the future of an area by focusing on the look and feel of places and their character. Place-based planning aims to deliver high-quality urban places and spaces, where people choose to live, work, visit and invest. This includes safe and thriving neighbourhoods with a range of housing, employment, and recreational opportunities, while ensuring the protection of the City's natural environment.

The Local Planning Strategy requires place-based planning projects to be completed before any changes to residential density or Local Planning Scheme re-zonings are undertaken. 

What is the State Government's Growth Management Strategy for Greater Perth?

By 2050, 3.5 million people are expected to call Perth home, placing pressure on our resources, social and physical infrastructure, services and the natural environment.

To create a dynamic, vibrant and liveable city into the 21st century, the Western Australian Planning Commission has developed the draft Perth and Peel@3.5 million suite of documents that clearly spell out:

·  where future homes and jobs should be located

·  how we can protect important environmental assets

·  how we can best utilise existing and proposed infrastructure

·  appropriate areas for greater infill development and residential density.

For more information, please visit the Department of Planning website.

Why is the City asking for my comments and what happens next?

The purpose of this consultation process is to obtain stakeholder feedback on the draft Local Planning Strategy as it sets out the planning and development approach the City will take over the next 10 years.

Once the consultation period has concluded and the outcomes of the engagement process have been analysed, the draft strategy will be updated and presented to Council and later the West Australian Planning Commission for final approval.

Can I view the key documents in person?

Yes. The draft Local Planning Strategy is available for viewing at all City of Stirling Libraries and at the City of Stirling Administration Centre, 25 Cedric Street, Stirling, during business hours (Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm).

How can I ask questions about the draft Local Planning Strategy?

You can submit a question via the Ask a Question section on this Your Say Stirling page.

You can also call us on 9205 8555 during business hours (Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm).

Can I make a submission via a posted letter?

Yes, our postal address is City of Stirling, PO Box 1533, Osborne Park WA 6916.