Draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 and draft Local Planning Strategy

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Thank you for your input during our consultation on the City’s Local Planning Strategy (LPS) and Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5). 

The State Government has announced its decision on the City’s Local Planning Strategy (LPS) and Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5). The Minister for Planning has approved Local Planning Scheme No. 5 and it was published in the Government Gazette on 21 February 2020 at which time it took effect.

The City began consultation on the draft Local Planning Strategy and draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) on 13 April 2018. During the consultation the City received feedback from hundreds of people from across our community. People attended and spoke at council meetings, organised neighbourhood meetings, spoke to their neighbours, met with Elected Members, wrote to the Minister, attended open days, spoke to the City's Planning Services team, signed petitions and more.

Thank you to everyone who engaged in this process.


The Minister for Planning and the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) required modifications to the City’s LPS5 and Local Planning Strategy, on Thursday 12 December 2019 and Friday 13 December respectively.

On Wednesday 18 December 2019 the Minister for Planning, Rita Saffioti, announced the required modifications to the City’s LPS5 and the Local Planning Strategy.

In a special meeting of Council, held on 6 January, called to consider the Minister’s determination on LPS5, the Council welcomed the removal of blanket density imposed by the Western Australian Planning Commission. However, Council’s view is that further modifications ordered by the Minister imposing high density zoning changes to small areas on Onslow Road and near the Shenton Park and Daglish train stations, are not the best outcome for the City or the affected residents. To read more please visit the City's homepage news item.


Local Planning Strategy outcome

  • The WAPC supported the identification and protection of character areas, around Daglish, Shenton Park and Subiaco. These areas highlight the unique history and character of Subiaco ensuring that new development positively contributes to the surrounding areas. This will be done with a focus on precinct planning rather than by investigation areas.
  • Precinct planning is a process of community consultation, research and investigation for a specific area to consider a range of detailed planning matters. Precinct planning can be used to inform planning policies and other statutory planning tools.
  • The WAPC showed overwhelming support for the City's strategy with only 14 minor or textual modifications reflecting the above.

LPS5 outcome

  • The Minister supported the City’s removal of blanket density from more than 1600 lots around Daglish and Shenton Park.
  • Just over 200 lots have retained higher densities. These are generally located near the Shenton Park and Daglish train stations and along Onslow Road.
  • The Minister supported the City’s proposed zoning of Hay Street east, which encourages mixed use development. Opportunities for residential and business growth will enhance the vibrancy of east Subiaco and provide better connections to West Perth.
  • The majority of density increase is planned for Subi East, the town centre, along Hay Street, on major roads and in activity centres – taking infill pressure off character and heritage areas.
  • The most significant change is to an area in the South West of Daglish which has been increased from R25 to R60.

How can I find out more?

Opportunity for further community consultation

The City's local planning policies are now being reviewed to align with LPS5. To find out more about this project please visit the project page.

The State Government has announced its decision on the City’s Local Planning Strategy (LPS) and Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5). The Minister for Planning has approved Local Planning Scheme No. 5 and it was published in the Government Gazette on 21 February 2020 at which time it took effect.

The City began consultation on the draft Local Planning Strategy and draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) on 13 April 2018. During the consultation the City received feedback from hundreds of people from across our community. People attended and spoke at council meetings, organised neighbourhood meetings, spoke to their neighbours, met with Elected Members, wrote to the Minister, attended open days, spoke to the City's Planning Services team, signed petitions and more.

Thank you to everyone who engaged in this process.


The Minister for Planning and the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) required modifications to the City’s LPS5 and Local Planning Strategy, on Thursday 12 December 2019 and Friday 13 December respectively.

On Wednesday 18 December 2019 the Minister for Planning, Rita Saffioti, announced the required modifications to the City’s LPS5 and the Local Planning Strategy.

In a special meeting of Council, held on 6 January, called to consider the Minister’s determination on LPS5, the Council welcomed the removal of blanket density imposed by the Western Australian Planning Commission. However, Council’s view is that further modifications ordered by the Minister imposing high density zoning changes to small areas on Onslow Road and near the Shenton Park and Daglish train stations, are not the best outcome for the City or the affected residents. To read more please visit the City's homepage news item.


Local Planning Strategy outcome

  • The WAPC supported the identification and protection of character areas, around Daglish, Shenton Park and Subiaco. These areas highlight the unique history and character of Subiaco ensuring that new development positively contributes to the surrounding areas. This will be done with a focus on precinct planning rather than by investigation areas.
  • Precinct planning is a process of community consultation, research and investigation for a specific area to consider a range of detailed planning matters. Precinct planning can be used to inform planning policies and other statutory planning tools.
  • The WAPC showed overwhelming support for the City's strategy with only 14 minor or textual modifications reflecting the above.

LPS5 outcome

  • The Minister supported the City’s removal of blanket density from more than 1600 lots around Daglish and Shenton Park.
  • Just over 200 lots have retained higher densities. These are generally located near the Shenton Park and Daglish train stations and along Onslow Road.
  • The Minister supported the City’s proposed zoning of Hay Street east, which encourages mixed use development. Opportunities for residential and business growth will enhance the vibrancy of east Subiaco and provide better connections to West Perth.
  • The majority of density increase is planned for Subi East, the town centre, along Hay Street, on major roads and in activity centres – taking infill pressure off character and heritage areas.
  • The most significant change is to an area in the South West of Daglish which has been increased from R25 to R60.

How can I find out more?

Opportunity for further community consultation

The City's local planning policies are now being reviewed to align with LPS5. To find out more about this project please visit the project page.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Do you have a question regarding the draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 or the draft Local Planning Strategy?  If so, you can ask us here and we will respond. You can also contact members of the Planning Team on shapeourcity@subiaco.wa.gov.au phone 9237 9284 or attend an open day.

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    I have spoken to some of my neighbours in SW Daglish - they didn't know of the Minister's decisions on LPS5 or the Mayor's wholehearted support of the outcome. Who will be advising affected property owners and when will this occur?

    cweeden asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    On Wednesday 18 December 2019 the City advised everyone who made a submission on draft LPS 5 and/or the draft Local Planning Strategy of the Minister’s decision by letter. The letter was sent to the email address used to provide the submission, and where email addresses were not provided, a letter was posted to the relevant address. The City also posted a media statement on the City’s website and facebook page.

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    Has the Council reverted back to the Minister to ask why she deviated from the unanimously agreed version developed collaboratively by Council and community. If not, why not?

    cweeden asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. The version of LPS 5 supported by Council was forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission and Minister for Planning for consideration. The Minister for Planning makes the final decision on a local planning scheme taking into account the recommendation of the City of Subiaco and the submissions received. The Minister is not required to provide justification for their decision.


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    In response to a previous question by another resident you confirmed that residential R80 allows building heights of four storeys in accordance with the Residential Design Codes Volume 2 (Apartments). Please clarify whether 5 storeys can be approved under R80 and, if this is the case, please qualify under what circumstances this could occur. My understanding is that Council can apply discretion or density bonuses under certain circumstances that could potentially allow 5 storeys. Also, please confirm the maximum building height allowed under r80.

    SteveM asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The maximum building height under the Residential Design Codes Volume 2 – Apartments for land zoned Residential R80 is four storeys. The building height limit may be modified by the local government, for example through a local planning policy, to achieve a desirable outcome. There is a possibility for local government to provide development incentives for community benefit through relevant local planning instruments. 

    However, the City currently has no planning instruments that provide for development incentives in areas zoned Residential. Development applications are assessed on their planning merit and the City carefully considers submissions received during public consultation in considering proposals including when discretion may be sought.

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    When will the Council have 3D software so we can really see the impacts of potential R60/R80 developments on neighbouring properties?

    cweeden asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    At its Ordinary Council Meeting of 19 March 2019, the Council considered an Elected Members Motion relating to 3D modelling for use as part of development applications and resolved:

    "That Council requests the CEO to prepare a report for consideration as part of the Local Planning Policy Review regarding implementation of 3D modelling for development applications."

    As part of the upcoming review of the City’s Local Planning Policies, the City will consider any options for 3D modelling as per Council’s resolution.

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    Can you please provide references to the traffic and community impact studies that have been done in Daglish so I can review them and perhaps develop some confidence in the decision to upcode to R80?

    cweeden asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The City has not prepared any traffic and community impact studies specifically relating to the increase in density to Residential R80. The City’s Local Planning Strategy, which has now been approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), includes actions requiring a social infrastructure study for the City of Subiaco and transport impact assessment for the targeted growth areas.

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    Why wasn’t the most affected community, SW Daglish, advised of the significant changes ahead of the press release? It was devasting to discover it from the West Australian article / Subiaco Council website.

    cweeden asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The City advised all submitters of the Minister’s decision as soon as was possible. Email notification was send to submitters the afternoon of the Minister’s announcement.

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    As SW Daglish upcoding is a significant change (wording on Subiaco Council website), have you recommended to the Minister that the change is advertised? The flowchart indicates that this can be done https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/getmedia/8a186105-3a92-4abc-852c-a7a61c0d606d/PD_LPS_Flow_charts_simplified_LPS

    cweeden asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Legislation does not allow the local government to advertise any modification that the Minister requires. The City advertised all proposed modifications to draft LPS 5 from February to April 2019. The Minister’s decision is final and there is no further ability for the City to change that decision.

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    SW Daglish was upcoded from R15 to R25 under TPS4 Amendment 28, initiated 28/7/2015 and gazetted 19/5/2017. WAPC ordered a second advertising period for A28 as the number of properties impacted was increased from the original 23 properties to the whole of SW Daglish area. Significant investigation and investment was applied to this amendment by the Council and proponent, including traffic impact, environmental impact and community consultation… why has this been thrown away?

    cweeden asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The City’s recommendation was to zone this area Residential R25. The Minister’s decision is to increase density in this area to Residential R80. The Minister has not provided any explanation or justification for her decision.

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    Can you please explain why SW Daglish has been coded R80? Did the Subiaco Council Deputation offer this area as an option?

    cweeden asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The City’s recommendation was to zone this area Residential R25. The Minister’s decision is to increase density in this area to Residential R80. The Minister has not provided any explanation or justification for her decision.

    The City’s deputation represented the Council position, which is to retain this area at the current R25 density.

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    Hi there I live on the southern end of Cunningham which appears to have been lifted from R25 to R80 but my understanding was the latest draft was to leave this small areas of single level dwellings as is. What happened between the latest draft and this approved version? Why completely ruin the amenity of a small group of homes, including many with character, for the sake of infill which is sufficiently being achieved elsewhere? Is there any further recourse to stop a 4-6 story 20+ apartment being built next door???

    Lauren asked over 1 year ago

    The City of Subiaco recommended for this portion of Daglish to remain at Residential R25 density and this recommendation was forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission and Minister for Planning. 

    The Minister for Planning makes the final decision on LPS5 and in this case has decided to increase the density to Residential R80. Residential R80 allows building heights of four storeys in accordance with the Residential Design Codes Volume 2 (Apartments).   Development applications have to consider planning controls including those relating to height, density, amenity, overshadowing, parking and access. All planning considerations will be carefully considered by the City’s planning officers in assessing applications. Consultation on development applications will provide members of the community the opportunity to comment on proposals.