Local planning is an intricate, detailed and legislative process that affects every community member. The Subiaco community is currently working through this process for draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) and draft Local Planning Strategy. To better understand where we are and the next steps in the planning process, the city has prepared a detailed timeline.
Planning legislation enables a wide variety of matters to be addressed in the local planning strategy and scheme such as the bulk, scale and appearance of new buildings, the retention of the tree canopy and planning for social and service infrastructure (e.g. schools, community centres, recreation services and medical facilities). Other non-planning related matters such as property values or population demographics cannot be controlled by local planning schemes.
During public consultation on these draft planning documents, the city received more than one thousand valuable responses.
City of Subiaco CEO, Rochelle Lavery confirmed that every submission was being carefully considered.
“Within the submissions we received thousands of suggestions, ideas and comments on the scheme and strategy. Time and care was taken in the preparation of these submissions and not one will be wasted,” Ms Lavery said.
“Council and the administration want to thank every single person who made a submission. Your feedback is providing valuable insight into the issues that matter to our community and will be used to inform council’s response to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC),” she said.
According to the legislative process for LPS5, the city has 120 days from the close of public consultation to evaluate the feedback and respond to WAPC. The city has applied for an extension to this timeframe to ensure all the issues raised can be carefully considered.
“Because of the enormous community response, the city requires more time to analyse the submissions and prepare possible responses and solutions to the matters raised,” Ms Lavery said.
“The city has the ability to propose substantial changes to the advertised versions of the strategy and scheme in order to meet our community’s expectations. A time extension will allow us to workshop different scenarios with Elected Members to find the best solutions.”
At the end of this process council can choose to recommend that the draft strategy and draft LPS5 be approved as advertised; recommend modifications based on the submissions received for both documents; or recommend that draft LPS5 be refused in its entirety. The Minister for Planning is the final decision maker for draft LPS5, while the WAPC decides on the draft strategy. In making its recommendation for both documents, council will forward all the submissions received to the WAPC and the Minister for Planning.
The WAPC will consider community input, council’s recommendation and the planning merits of both documents when making its own recommendation to the Minister for Planning for LPS5, and when considering the draft strategy.
The city is committed to keeping the community informed throughout the planning process.