The City of Subiaco is recommending modifications to the advertised version of Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) in response to community feedback received last year.
The modified LPS5 and Local Planning Strategy will be considered at a Special Council Meeting on 7 February. The modified documents can be viewed at www.haveyoursay.subiaco.wa.gov.au/lps.
The documents reject the blanket density increases imposed by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), and recommend changes to zoning and R-codes, focusing on a nuanced and localised distribution of appropriate density.
Overall, the modified LPS5 and strategy will prepare the city for 8500 new dwellings by 2050; with 2900 new homes planned for Subi East and the remaining 5600 to be accommodated in the Town Centre, North Subiaco, and along transport corridors including Aberdare Road, Hay Street and Railway Road.
The city’s original version of LPS5 met the state’s dwelling targets by providing for 6200 new homes.
The WAPC’s modifications then called for 9000 new dwellings, with character areas around Daglish and Shenton Park stations taking the brunt of it.
Following resounding feedback from the community and extensive negotiations with state government stakeholders, the city is recommending that the total number of new dwellings within the LPS5 scheme area be reduced, while still meeting the state’s infill targets.
A large portion of the city’s additional dwelling target is recommended for Subi East.
Additional dwellings to 2050
||Council adopted LPS5 (August 2017)
||WAPC advertised LPS5
|LPS5 scheme area
*Dwelling targets for Subi East were not calculated in the August 2017 LPS5 which was adopted by council and the WAPC advertised LPS5.
Mayor Penny Taylor said city staff had worked with state planning officers to prepare a modified scheme that directly responded to community concerns.
“The recommended modifications are an excellent response to the blanket densities proposed by the WAPC, incorporating best practice planning principles and the clear direction from our community,” Mayor Taylor said.
“The draft WAPC proposed plan brought uncertainty and angst to our community. The city’s proposed modifications are an opportunity to get the WAPC scheme off the table once and for all.
“This is what the community has been asking for since first seeing the current draft scheme from the WAPC,” Mayor Taylor said.
The CEO and Mayor this week met with government stakeholders including the Minister for Planning, Chairman of the WAPC and the Director General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to provide an update on the work that has gone into modifying the scheme based on the community’s feedback.
“The state government has again confirmed its support of the city’s direction on LPS5,” Mayor Taylor said.
“They were pleased that city staff and departmental staff have been liaising throughout the process and were particularly impressed with the professional approach and efforts we had gone to in consulting with our community.”
Residents can find more information about the recommendations on the Have Your Say Subiaco website, including an interactive map comparing the recommended modifications with the current Town Planning Scheme No. 4.
Anyone with questions about the modifications, or those who would like more information, can speak to city planning staff on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9237 9284.
The resolution from the special council meeting, along with all submissions and supporting information, will be forwarded to the WAPC for consideration.