The City of Subiaco will work with the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to ensure its draft local planning scheme delivers the best possible outcomes for the community.
Mayor Penny Taylor said she was looking forward to reaching a resolution on draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) with guidance from the WAPC, starting with a meeting with Chairman David Caddy in October.
“I am pleased Mr Caddy has accepted my invitation to meet with us,” Mayor Taylor said.
“Council is keen to get clarity on a number of issues related to our draft Local Planning Scheme. We want to better understand the WAPC’s position and rationale behind density requirements and proposed modifications to the draft scheme,” she said.
“Having received more than 1000 public submissions on the draft scheme, community interest is clearly strong.
“It is important that we work collaboratively with relevant planning bodies to determine the best way forward so the City of Subiaco ends up with a scheme that meets both future needs and community expectations,” Mayor Taylor said.
Mr Caddy said the WAPC stood by its commitment to assist local governments with key strategic and statutory planning requirements and he was more than happy to work with the city towards a resolution on the local planning scheme.
“I am confident the WAPC, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and the city can work cooperatively to achieve a planning framework for the city that aligns with relevant policy and the local community expectations,” he said.
“Public consultation is also an important part of the planning process and all submissions made are considered by the WAPC when determining a scheme,” Mr Caddy said.
Council is yet to make a decision on how it will respond to the WAPC’s consideration of the draft scheme. Options include accepting the scheme as advertised, rejecting the scheme or submitting a modified scheme for the WAPC and Minister to consider.
The city and the WAPC are also working closely with other State Government agencies including the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and Landcorp on the Subi East project with construction of the Inner City College on Kitchener Park, and redevelopment of the former Princess Margaret Hospital and Subiaco Oval sites.
“The city is in a period of significant transformation and a collaborative whole of government approach to planning that engages the community is our best chance for success,” Mayor Taylor said.