Local Planning Policies Review

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Local Planning Policies (LPPs) enable local governments to refine the planning controls contained within a planning scheme and guide the assessment and determination of planning applications.

This project is now closed to submissions.


Please note: The Local Planning Policies do not provide an opportunity to influence the zoning and density of an area as this is covered in the Local Planning Scheme and cannot be changed by a LPP.


How can I find out more about this project?

  • Read the information sheets, which are available in the document library.
  • Keep an eye on the news section below, which will be updated throughout the project.
  • A project glossary, list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be accessed in the project document library.
  • Any questions please refer to the project FAQs, if you still have a question please contact the City's Planning Services team on city@subiaco.wa.gov.au or 9237 9222.

Drop-in sessions

During the project consultation period the City held two drop-in sessions at the City of Subiaco Council Chambers at 241 Rokeby Road, Subiaco where community members could speak to a planner and ask questions about the LPPs. These took place on:

  • Thursday, 13 August 2020 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm; and
  • Saturday, 29 August 2020 between 8am and 10am

Note: the drop-in sessions were an opportunity for community members to speak to a planning officer on a one-on-one basis. There was no formal presentation by City staff and the community were welcome to drop-in at any time during the two-hour timeframe.

Why is this review being undertaken?

The City has undertaken a review of its local planning policies to:

  • align with the Local Planning Scheme No. 5;
  • address key actions in the Local Planning Strategy;
  • address changes to the State Planning Framework, in particularly the new Residential Design Codes Volume 2 – Apartments (Design WA);
  • modernise and improve usability of existing policies;
  • ensure the policies reflect community views and expectations; and
  • align with current best practice.

A community working group (CWG) provided input into the preparation of the draft LPPs through a series of four workshops which took place between February and April 2020.

What are Local Planning Policies?

The City currently has five residential local planning policies that guide development in areas that enjoy a unique character. These LPPs are often referred to as ‘Precinct Policies’ and can be viewed in the project document library.

  • They supplement local planning scheme provisions but cannot override or contradict scheme provisions;
  • They provide guidance on detailed matters relating to the design of development;
  • They are used by property owners, architects, proponents and the City to facilitate high quality development outcomes, consistent decision-making, and fair and prompt application processing; and
  • They assist in the protection of established neighbourhood character and guide the interface between areas of different density.

Local Planning Policies (LPPs) enable local governments to refine the planning controls contained within a planning scheme and guide the assessment and determination of planning applications.

This project is now closed to submissions.


Please note: The Local Planning Policies do not provide an opportunity to influence the zoning and density of an area as this is covered in the Local Planning Scheme and cannot be changed by a LPP.


How can I find out more about this project?

  • Read the information sheets, which are available in the document library.
  • Keep an eye on the news section below, which will be updated throughout the project.
  • A project glossary, list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be accessed in the project document library.
  • Any questions please refer to the project FAQs, if you still have a question please contact the City's Planning Services team on city@subiaco.wa.gov.au or 9237 9222.

Drop-in sessions

During the project consultation period the City held two drop-in sessions at the City of Subiaco Council Chambers at 241 Rokeby Road, Subiaco where community members could speak to a planner and ask questions about the LPPs. These took place on:

  • Thursday, 13 August 2020 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm; and
  • Saturday, 29 August 2020 between 8am and 10am

Note: the drop-in sessions were an opportunity for community members to speak to a planning officer on a one-on-one basis. There was no formal presentation by City staff and the community were welcome to drop-in at any time during the two-hour timeframe.

Why is this review being undertaken?

The City has undertaken a review of its local planning policies to:

  • align with the Local Planning Scheme No. 5;
  • address key actions in the Local Planning Strategy;
  • address changes to the State Planning Framework, in particularly the new Residential Design Codes Volume 2 – Apartments (Design WA);
  • modernise and improve usability of existing policies;
  • ensure the policies reflect community views and expectations; and
  • align with current best practice.

A community working group (CWG) provided input into the preparation of the draft LPPs through a series of four workshops which took place between February and April 2020.

What are Local Planning Policies?

The City currently has five residential local planning policies that guide development in areas that enjoy a unique character. These LPPs are often referred to as ‘Precinct Policies’ and can be viewed in the project document library.

  • They supplement local planning scheme provisions but cannot override or contradict scheme provisions;
  • They provide guidance on detailed matters relating to the design of development;
  • They are used by property owners, architects, proponents and the City to facilitate high quality development outcomes, consistent decision-making, and fair and prompt application processing; and
  • They assist in the protection of established neighbourhood character and guide the interface between areas of different density.
  • Draft local planning policies now open for public comment

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    Submissions are now open until 5pm Thursday 10 September 2020.

    Submissions can be lodged in one of the following ways:


    Before making a submission, please read the draft policies and summary sheets found in the document library.

  • Draft local planning policies opening soon for public comment

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    At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 7 July 2020 the City of Subiaco Council resolved to endorse draft Local Planning Policy – Residential Development – Single Houses and Grouped Dwellings and draft Local Planning Policy – Residential Development – Apartments for public advertising for a period of 40 days.

    A full copy of the minutes of the meeting, the Council report and attachments are now available on the City’s website.

    The draft Local Planning Policies will be advertised for public comment shortly.

    Should you wish to discuss this matter further, please contact the City’s Planning Services on city@subiaco.wa.gov.au or call (08) 9237 9222.

  • Community working group meeting 4 held online

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    Due to the impacts of COVID-19 face-to-face engagement is not possible at this time. As the City is committed to continuing to engage the CWG in the review of the local planning policies, we moved to an online engagement approach for the final workshop.

    On Wednesday 29 April 2020 the City held the fourth and final Community Working Group (CWG) meeting regarding the review of the City’s existing Local Planning Policies, via online meeting platform Zoom.

    At the fourth workshop, CWG members were asked to provide feedback on what they think is appropriate for the character of higher density areas in the City of Subiaco. CWG members were asked to consider a number of elements including:

    • Safety – windows and balconies facing the street, no blank walls
    • Privacy for residents – buildings set back to separate private and public realm
    • Landscaping – landscaped front setback area
    • Facade design – interesting facade, modern and innovative
    • Pedestrian access – well defined and easy to find for visitors
    • Vehicle access – integrated into design, at side or rear where possible.

    More information on the meeting can be found in the workshop 4 summary report in the project document library.

    Part of the City’s engagement process will involve inviting feedback from the wider community on the draft revised LPPs. This will be through a public comment period to be held later in 2020. Further information about engagement opportunities will be shared on this project page.

    If you want to find out more about the project please contact the City's Planning Services team on planning@subiaco.wa.gov.au or 9237 9222.

  • Fourth community working group meeting cancelled

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    The fourth and final workshop with the Local Planning Polices (LPP) Community Working Group (CWG) was moved to an online format (to limit face-to-face contact) and planned to be held last week. The low number of CWG members who had indicated their availability for the online workshop meant that the workshop had to be cancelled. The City understands that the current situation with COVID-19 is evolving very quickly and makes planning very difficult. We understand that CWG members, like everyone else, is faced with significant changes to their normal life, their working arrangements and their priorities. This takes time to adjust and we understand that the LPP Review CWG may not be at the forefront of most people’s minds.

    The City’s Planning Services team will continue to work on the draft local planning policies based on the great content already generated from the first three workshops. If the CWG is interested, the City will consider running workshop four at a time when life has settled into a renew routine for most people.

    Once the draft local planning policies have been prepared, they will be referred to Council for consideration and for adoption for public advertising. At this point the wider community will be able to comment on the draft policies before they are reviewed in light of submissions received and presented to Council for final adoption.

    The City would like to thank the CWG for their contribution to the Local Planning Policy review.

  • Third community working group meeting held

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    On Wednesday 11 March 2020 the City held the third of four Community Working Group (CWG) meetings regarding the review of the City’s existing Local Planning Policies (LPPs).

    The focus of Workshop Three was establishing the draft policy provisions for higher density development, with particular reference to Apartments.

    CWG members also provided feedback on how to manage the interface and transition zones between different densities with consideration to the above elements.

    A summary of the meeting can be found in the project document library.

    Part of the City’s engagement process will involve inviting feedback from the wider community on the draft revised LPPs. This will be through a public comment period to be held later in 2020. Further information about engagement opportunities will be shared on this project page.

    If you want to find out more about the project please contact the City's Planning Services team on planning@subiaco.wa.gov.au or 9237 9222.

  • Second community working group

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    On Wednesday 4 March 2020 the City held the second of four Community Working Group (CWG) meetings regarding the review of the City’s existing Local Planning Policies.

    At the second workshop, CWG members were asked to provide feedback on which elements contribute to the established, and potential future, neighbourhood character of the City of Subiaco, identifying any unique characteristics specific to the sub-precincts within the City’s boundaries.

    A meeting summary can be viewed in the document library. Know someone in the CWG? We encourage you to talk to ask them about the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact the City's Planning Services team on 9237 9222 or planning@subiaco.wa.gov.au

    Part of the City’s engagement process will also involve inviting feedback from the wider community on the revised LPPs. This will be through a public comment period to be held later in 2020. In the meantime, the City will be seeking input from the CWG about wider consultation. Further information about engagement opportunities will be shared on this page as the project progresses.
  • First community working group meeting held

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    On Wednesday 12 February 2020 the City held the first of four Community Working Group (CWG) meetings regarding the review of the City’s existing Local Planning Policies. The meeting was attended by the 20 person CWG, City of Subiaco staff and two consultants from Elton Consulting (project facilitators).

    The group confirmed its Terms of Reference, rules of engagement and started to process to a review the City's Local Planning Policies (LPPs).

    A meeting summary can be viewed in the document library. If you know anyone in the CWG we encourage you to talk to them about the process. If you have any questions, please contact the City's Planning Services team on 9237 9222 or planning@subiaco.wa.gov.au

    Part of the City’s engagement process will also involve inviting feedback from the wider community on the revised LPPs. This will be through a public comment period to be held later in 2020. In the meantime, the City will be seeking input from the CWG about wider consultation. Further information about engagement opportunities will be shared with the broader community as the project progresses.
  • Community working group members finalised

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    Thanks again to the 41 people who submitted an EOI to be part of the Local Planning Policies community working group (CWG). 20 people have now been selected as members of the CWG.

    The selection was made by Elton Consulting, who are engaged by the City to facilitate the community group workshops. Name and contact details were withheld during the selection process.

    The following selection criteria were used to assist in selecting a diverse range of nominees:

    • applicants who identified as members of community groups and businesses to ensure a range of views from across the community are represented
    • representation of age groups and gender
    • representation across different suburbs
    • reasons provided for nominating for the CWG
    • availability for Monday and Wednesday meetings

    We look forward to the first CWG which will take place on Wednesday 12 February 2020.

  • Expressions of interest are in

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    Thank you to those who submitted an expressions of interest. The nominations for the Community Working Group are now closed. We had over 40 responses to our community call out.

    An independant consultant is currently making the selection for the 20 person group, and we will let you know once the process is complete.

  • Expressions of interest open

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    Please complete an expression of interest (EOI) form by 5pm 13 January 2020 for your opportunity to be part of the planning policy review working group.

    Where can I find the EOI form?

    • The online EOI form can be found here
    • Hard copy forms are available at the City of Subiaco’s Administration Building at 241 Rokeby Road, Subiaco.
    • Alternatively a hard copy form can be posted to you by contacting the City’s Community Engagement Officer on 9237 9240 or engagement@subiaco.wa.gov.au