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Planning schemes

The City of Perth’s Local Planning Schemes are intended to control and guide land use and development within the city. They include provisions relating to a range of matters such as the use of land, the intensity and design of development, as well as the preservation and conservation of places and areas.

 

The Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) include a set of deemed provisions that automatically apply to every local planning scheme within Western Australia, including the City’s local planning schemes. These therefore need to be read in conjunction with the other provisions of the City’s local planning schemes. The latest version of the Regulations can be accessed from the State Government’s Parliamentary Council website.

 

The following local planning schemes are currently applicable within the City of Perth. These include:

  • City Planning Scheme No. 2 — this is the City's primary local planning scheme and covers the whole of the city with the exception of parts of Crawley and Nedlands which were transferred from the Cities of Subiaco and Nedlands to the City of Perth on 1 July 2016.
  • Minor Town Planning Schemes – these generally apply to individual development sites with the exception of Local Planning Scheme No. 26. LPS No. 26 applies to the the Normalised Redevelopment Area, which includes areas such as Claisebrook Village and New Northbridge, which have been transferred back to the City by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.
  • City of Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4 — this applies to the parts of Crawley and Nedlands which were transferred from the City of Subiaco to the City on 1 July 2016.
  • City of Nedlands Town Planning Scheme No. 2 — this applies to the part of Nedlands which was transferred from the City of Subiaco to the City on 1 July 2016.

City Planning Scheme No. 2

City Planning Scheme No. 2 (CPS 2) is the City of Perth’s primary local planning scheme and applies to the whole of the city with the exception of parts of Crawley and Nedlands which were transferred from the Cities of Subiaco and Nedlands to the City on the 1 July 2016.

CPS 2 should be read in conjunction with the Deemed Provisions included with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) that automatically apply to every local planning scheme within Western Australia. The latest version of the Regulations can be accessed from the State Government’s Parliamentary Council website.

CPS 2 consists of the Scheme Text, Deemed Provisions, Supplemental Provisions, Scheme Map, Plot Ratio Plan, Building Heights Plan, and a number of plans relating to bonus plot ratio.

CPS 2 provides for the creation of Precinct Plans and Planning Policies, which support and further guide decision making.

A number of Minor Town/Local Planning Schemes also apply to individual development sites across the city. These are complementary to CPS 2.

Disclaimer: This version of the City of Perth Planning Scheme No. 2 is not an official copy of the Scheme. While this and related scheme documents have been prepared in good faith and every effort has been made to ensure that it is accurate, neither the City of Perth, its elected members or its employees are liable for any damage or loss which may occur as a result of:

  • any action taken or not taken (as the case may be) in reliance upon this document; or
  • any statement, error or omission in this document.

Professional advice should be obtained before applying or relying upon this document in any particular circumstance.

Minor Town Planning Schemes

A number of Minor Town Planning Schemes apply to individual development sites across the city. These schemes complement and apply in addition to City Planning Scheme 2 and have generally beenprepared to enable the subdivision of larger lots, while ensuring a coordinated development.

Local Planning Scheme No. 26 is significant in that it includes planning provisions for the Normalised Redevelopment Areas, that is, the areas transferred back to the City of Perth from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.  It currently includes provisions for the Claisebrook Village and New Northbridge Project Areas.

The following Minor Town/Local Planning Schemes apply within the city:

City of Nedlands Town Planning Scheme No. 2

City of Nedlands Town Planning Scheme No. 2 (TPS 2) applies to the part of Nedlands which were transferred from the City of Nedlands to the City of Perth on the 1 July 2016.

For the purposes of application within the City of Perth, any references to the City of Nedlands within TPS 2 is taken to be a reference to the City of Perth.

It should be noted that the version of TPS 2 applicable within the City of Perth is that version which was applicable as at the 1 July 2016. Any amendments made to TPS 2 by the City of Nedlands post 1 July 2016 do not apply within the City of Perth.

TPS 2 should be read in conjunction with the Deemed Provisions included within the Regulations (refer to the link to the latest versions of the Regulations above).

TPS 2 consists of the Scheme Text, Scheme Map and the Deemed Provisions.

TPS 2 provides for the creation of Planning Policies and Planning Registers and Lists to further guide decision making.

 

City of Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4

City of Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4 (TPS 4) applies to the parts of Crawley and Nedlands which were transferred from the City of Subiaco to the City of Perth on the 1 July 2016.

For the purposes of application within the City of Perth, any references to the City of Subiaco within TPS 4 is taken to be a reference to the City of Perth.

It should be noted that the version of TPS 4 applicable within the City of Perth is that version which was applicable as at the 1 July 2016. Any amendments made to TPS 4 by the City of Subiaco post 1 July 2016 do not apply within the City of Perth.

TPS 4 should be read in conjunction with the Deemed Provisions included within the Regulations (refer to the link to the latest versions of the Regulations above).

TPS 4 consists of the Scheme Text, Scheme Map and the Deemed Provisions.

TPS 4 provides for the creation of Precinct Plans, Planning Policies and Planning Registers and Lists, which support and further guide decision making.

Planning Scheme Amendments

The City of Perth may resolve to amend its local planning scheme to bring it into line with:

  • Strategic objectives
  • The needs of the community
  • State Government legislation and policies.

Amendments may also be made to clarify and simplify planning provisions and provide for flexibility where appropriate.

The process for amending a local planning scheme is set out in State Government’s Planning and Development Act 2005 and the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 and varies according to the nature of the amendment and whether it is classified as basic, standard or complex. Refer to the link to the latest version of the Regulations above for details.

Both standard and complex amendments are required to be advertised for community feedback and all amendments are ultimately required to be approved by both the City and the State Government. Amendments which are out for public comment, awaiting finalisation and which have been finalised are outlined below.

 

Out for public comment

AMENDMENT NO. 41 TO CITY PLANNING SCHEME NO. 2 TO INTRODUCE A SPECIAL CONTROL AREA - NORTHBRIDGE SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCT

The City is proposing to amend its City Planning Scheme No. 2 (CPS2) and invites your comments on the proposed changes. 

On 4 December 2019, Council approved for public comment, Amendment No.41 to the CPS2.  Amendment No. 41 is intended to establish Northbridge as the State’s first Special Entertainment Precinct. The key elements of Amendment No. 41 include:

  • Defining a Core and Frame Entertainment Area;
  • Identifying maximum noise levels for entertainment venues for attenuation purposes; and
  • Setting noise attenuation requirements for new noise sensitive development and new entertainment venues.

The Council also agreed on the 29 September 2020 to include supplementary information provided by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.  This includes an Option B which has been informed by feedback on the draft Western Australian Planning Commission Position Statement: Special Entertainment Precincts and further acoustic technical studies provided by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.  Option B is not part of Amendment No. 41 but is provided as supplementary information for consultation purposes so that the most up-to-date information is available to help inform the community.  

The key differences between Option B compared to Amendment No. 41 include:

  • Expanding the Core Entertainment Area; 
  • Reducing the maximum noise level for entertainment venues in the Core Entertainment Area;
  • Reducing the Frame Entertainment Area in the northwest corner of the precinct, to acknowledge the predominately residential character of this area; and
  • Introducing a new Transition Area between the Core and Frame Entertainment Areas. 

Three public information sessions will be held at the State Library during November 2020.  Further details are provided on Engage Perth via https://engage.perth.wa.gov.au/proposed-northbridge-special-entertainment-precinct1.

An online submission via the above Engage Perth website can be completed.

Submissions on the planning scheme amendment may also be lodged in writing and should include the amendment number, the property affected and details of the submission. Written submissions should be lodged at the City of Perth on or before 23 December 2020.

A copy of the Council Minutes (29 September – item 13.1) including supporting attachments, the scheme amendment report and submission form is provided below.

For more information, please contact our Customer Experience Officers on 9461 3333 or email info@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

AMENDMENT NO. 43 TO CITY PLANNING SCHEME NO. 2 TO INTRODUCE A SPECIAL CONTROL AREA OVER 707 (LOT 500) MURRAY STREET, WEST PERTH

This amendment proposes to introduce a Special Control Area over No. 707 Murray Street, West Perth. The proposed Amendment is intended to facilitate a supermarket-led mixed-use development on the subject site.

This will be achieved by introducing additional land uses to permit the supermarket, an increased maximum plot ratio and objectives/design criteria to guide the future redevelopment of the site. The public comment period for the scheme amendment has now closed. Submissions received will be reviewed and the scheme amendment will be considered by Council for final adoption before being referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission so that a final decision can be made on the scheme amendment by the Minister for Planning.

Should you have any queries regarding the proposed amendment please contact Roberta Circosta, City Planning, on 9461 3836 or Roberta.Circosta@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

AMENDMENT NO. 44 to introduce a Special Control Area Over 707 (Lot 14) and 725 (Lot 101) Wellington Street, 482-484 (Lot 2) and 486-488 (Lot 1) and Lot 66 Murray Street, Perth

This amendment proposes to introduce a Special Control area over 707 (Lot 14) and 725 (Lot 101) Wellington Street, 482-484 (Lot 2), 486-488 (Lot 1)and Lot 66 Murray Street, Perth.

The proposed SCA will enable the land to be treated as one site for the purposes allocating plot ratio floor area and commercial tenant car parking.

The submission period for the proposed amendment concludes on 11 September 2020.  

Click on the links to access the Submission FormCouncil ReportScheme Amendment ReportAttachment B and Attachment C

 

Awaiting finalisation

Amendment No. 3 to Local Planning Scheme No. 26 and revised East Perth – Area 20 South Cove Design Guidelines – 75 (Lot 70) Haig Park Circle, East Perth

The scheme amendment and modifications to local planning policy East Perth – South Cove Area 20 Design Guidelines propose to introduce specific development standards for the land situated at 75 (Lot 70) Haig Park Circle, East Perth.

On 18 December 2018, the Council adopted the scheme amendment and design guidelines without modification.  They have now been referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission so that a final decision can be made on the scheme amendment by the Minister for Planning. 

Should you have any queries regarding the proposed amendment please contact Kathy Lees, Senior Urban Planner – Policy on 9461 3482 or Kathy.lees@cityofperth.wa.gov.au.

AMENDMENT 42 - NO. 1202-1204 HAY STREET AND NO. 80 COLIN STREET, WEST PERTH

This amendment proposes to introduce a Special Control area over No. 1202-1204 Hay Street and No. 80 Colin Street, West Perth. This will allow the three individual lots to be treated as one site for the purposes of redevelopment and the calculation of plot ratio and commercial tenant parking. The Special Controls Area will also allow the site to be eligible to apply for a public facilities bonus. 

On 26 May 2020, the Council adopted the scheme amendment without modification. The scheme amendment has been referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission. A final decision on the scheme amendment will be made by the Minister for Planning.  

Should you have any queries regarding the proposed amendment please contact Stephanie Norgaard, Urban Planner on 9461 3170 or Stephanie.Norgaard@cityofperth.wa.gov.au.

Recently finalised 

A complete list of finalised amendments can be found here.

Review of Local Planning Schemes

The City of Perth has reviewed it local planning schemes in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (Regulations) and forwarded the associated report to the Western Australian Planning Commission who has advised that it agrees with the City’s recommendations. These include that the upon finalisation of the City Planning Strategy, a new Local Planning Scheme be prepared to replace the existing local planning schemes. 

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