Planning strategies

The City of Perth is preparing its first City Planning Strategy.

City Planning Strategy

The Your Neighbourhood's Future project was established on Engage Perth in late 2017 to provide opportunities for the City of Perth to engage with its community in the preparation of this key document.

The City Planning Strategy will play an important role in ensuring the capital city local government continues to grow into a vibrant place to work, live and visit. The City is currently analysing the results of the community engagement activities held between November 2017 and April 2018. The findings from the community engagement activities will be made available in the near future. The community's aspirations for the city neighbourhoods is being utilised in the preparation of the City Planning Strategy document and spatial plans.


Activity When
ActivityTechnical reports and background analysis WhenJuly 2017 - July 2018
ActivityPublic consultation and stakeholder engagement WhenNovember 2017 - April 2018
ActivityTechnical and government engagement WhenJune 2018
ActivitySpatial Plan and strategy development and preparation WhenFebruary 2018 – July 2018
ActivityExternal engagement – review and test WhenJuly 2018 onwards
ActivityDraft strategy lodgement with state government WhenLate 2018
(estimated – subject to engagement outcomes)
ActivityFormal consultation When2019
(estimated – subject to Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage approval)
ActivityFinalisation and approval When2019 - 2020
(estimated – subject to Minister approval)

Frequently asked questions

  • What is the City Planning Strategy?

    The City’s Strategic Community Plan 2029 created a vision and comprehensive goals to guide the City of Perth and its operations. The City Planning Strategy is the long term strategic urban land use plan that provides direction on the City of Perth’s growth and decision making for the next 10-15 years. It will directly inform a new City Planning Scheme for the City of Perth. 

  • Why do we need a City Planning Strategy?

    The intent of the strategy is to provide high level strategic solutions to matters such as population growth and housing needs, strengthening our local economy and improving the connections and spaces where our communities live, work and visit.  

    All local governments in WA are required to prepare a planning strategy under state legislation. The outcomes and recommendations of the Planning Strategy will inform the preparation of a new Planning Scheme for the City of Perth. 

    A new City Planning Scheme will replace the current City of Perth City Planning Scheme No. 2 and City of Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4 for our new areas of Crawley and Nedlands. The new City Planning Scheme will guide development and growth within the City of Perth over the next 10-15 years. 

  • How can I have my say in the City Planning Strategy?

    We invite all members of the community to participate in the activities for the Your Neighbourhood’s Future project available via Engage Perth.

    You can also register on the website to be kept informed during the City Planning Strategy process. The feedback provided through these activities will directly influence the outcomes of the City Planning Strategy. The final draft document will also be advertised for comment in accordance with legislative requirements.

    At this stage this is expected to occur in late 2018. 

    If you wish to be kept informed on the progress of the City Planning Strategy please register for updates through the Engage Perth online platform. 

  • How is the City Planning Strategy different to other plans for the City?

    The City Planning Strategy is the framework for local land use planning and the strategic basis for the new City Planning Scheme. 

    Beyond this however, it provides alignment between State Government planning policies, strategies, and strategic development initiatives and local planning. It may also be used by other agencies as a means by which economic, transport, environmental and social issues could be strategically addressed. 

  • How will the City Planning Strategy affect me or my property?

    The City Planning Strategy is a high-level document that identifies broad strategies and key actions to be implemented at a city wide and neighbourhood level.The City Planning Strategy will not specify changes to individual properties. 

    The recommendations of the City Planning Strategy will inform the development of the new City Planning Scheme, and future amendments to city policy, procedure and plans. The City Planning Scheme, and its associated policies and plans, is the statutory document that outlines how individual properties can be developed in the City of Perth area. 

    Further consultation as to how these changes may potentially affect you, your property, your city experience or your business will be undertaken as part of the more detailed planning process when the City Planning Scheme is prepared. 

    You are also welcome to contact the City at any time to ask for information or updates. 

  • What happens to my responses of the survey and other engagement activities?

    All survey and activity responses are confidential. The outcomes of the survey and other engagement activities will be compiled and the overall results will be published in a future Stakeholder Engagement Outcomes Report.  

    Importantly, your responses will assist in determining key areas of interest and focus for the City Planning Strategy. The key messages, trends and outcomes of the survey will directly feed into the formation of the City Planning Strategy. 

  • What is the City doing to address population growth?

    The City must respond to the growing and changing demographics of Perth’s population to make sure the city has a bright and healthy future. By 2036, more than 40,000 residents are expected to be living in the City.

    The City Planning Strategy will propose long-term housing growth areas and identify areas which are suitable for denser development. To ensure growth is sustainable these locations will need to be supported by key infrastructure, public transport, activity centres, areas for recreation and access to our day to day needs. 

  • When will the City have a draft City Planning Strategy for comment?

    The City is undertaking a background review and preparing technical reports to inform the City Planning Strategy. Community engagement as part of the Your Neighbourhood’s Future project on Engage Perth was held between November 2017 and April 2018. The findings from the community engagement will assist in guiding the overall development of the Strategy. 

    Formal advertising of the document will be held once the draft City Planning Strategy is certified by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Certification of the document by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is expected in 2019. 

  • Will any personal details be released to the public?
    No. The City of Perth values and respects your privacy. 

How can I ask questions about the City Planning Strategy?


The City Planning Strategy project team

Write to:

City of Perth City Planning Unit
PERTH WA  6839


On 9461 3136 and ask to speak to the City Planning Strategy project team. 


Further information

The Western Australian Planning Commission website contains information on the WA planning system and frameworks. You may also be interested in view the City of Perth's Planning Schemes, and Precinct Plans and Policies.  

City of Subiaco Local Planning Strategy 

The City of Subiaco Local Planning Strategy currently guides the parts of Subiaco and Crawley that were transferred from the City of Subiaco to the City on 1 July 2016.