More than 2000 people have accessed information about the City of Subiaco’s draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) and 350 residents have attended community drop-in sessions to find out about proposed changes to their home and neighbourhood.
The City of Subiaco is currently advertising the draft scheme, along with the draft Local Planning Strategy, to gain public input on these documents that will guide future growth and development in the area.
Here is an update on some of the key issues:
The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) has proposed changes to residential density in parts of the city near train stations.
The proposed residential density changes may allow for medium to high density housing, up to four storeys, in R80 and R100 areas. R60 generally means villa and townhouse-style development.
Mayor Penny Taylor explained that these WAPC-proposed densities are significantly greater than those envisaged by the City of Subiaco.
“We know what the State is trying to achieve – the city has a number of areas which fall within walkable catchments of the train stations of Shenton Park, Daglish, Subiaco and West Leederville, which makes them prime locations for increased density.
“However, the city had already met housing targets in our original proposal for draft LPS5, prior to the WAPC modifications. This, along with community feedback, gives us a strong negotiating point for a more reasonable outcome for the whole of Subiaco,” she said.
“The number one priority for Subiaco Council is preserving Subiaco’s charm and amenity. We want to see a local approach over large sweeping changes.”
The local approach
The WAPC Chairman and the Minister for Planning have both indicated that they want to work with the City of Subiaco for a good outcome.
“The Council and WAPC working together is the best way to get an end product that takes into consideration what our community wants,” Mayor Taylor said.
“The WAPC is interested in our suggestion to work towards a smaller-scale, precinct planning approach for better design outcomes.
“What this means is a more nuanced and localised approach that takes into account Subiaco’s amenity and character.
“The City of Subiaco could be an example of best practice urban design in an inner-city setting, all while retaining character and identity.”
Making a submission
Mayor Taylor said it is important that the community has access to accurate information as the public consultation period approaches its halfway point.
“It is the community feedback that will form the basis of the council recommendation to the WAPC and the Minister for Planning, who will make the final decision.
“Elected members, staff and the community all understand the enormity of what’s been proposed.
“We want people to think about ‘What will my Subi look like going forward?’ and provide this feedback through the public consultation process.”
“We have dedicated staff who can help you understand the proposed changes and explain the process for making an informed and valid submission,” Mayor Taylor said.
Drop-in sessions will be held on 24, 26 and 31 May, and 2 June, or you can contact the city on 9237 9284 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Have Your Say Subiaco website for more information and to make a submission. Submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday 13 July 2018.