City of Subiaco - Blanket density scrapped in modified LPS5, community to comment on modifications
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Blanket density scrapped in modified LPS5, community to comment on modifications
Friday 15 February 2019

Subiaco Council has confirmed a way forward for LPS5 that directly responds to the community’s resounding feedback.
Modified versions of draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) and the Local Planning Strategy were supported at the 7 February Special Council Meeting.
Starting today, the community has 60 days to provide feedback on the modifications to LPS5.
In the modified LPS5, blanket density increases proposed by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) have been scrapped and replaced with nuanced density around major roads, near train stations and in areas where higher density already exists.
The Local Planning Strategy, which is the long-term plan, identifies 11 areas for further detailed investigation which will be subject to further community engagement along the way.
More than 60 per cent of the proposed 5450 future dwellings will be met with higher density in the Town Centre and North Subiaco (along Hay Street east). The remainder will be accommodated in the Jolimont District Centre, on key development sites, other local centres, and along parts of Hay Street, Aberdare Road and Railway Road.
An additional 2900 new dwellings are planned for Subi East (the area that includes Subiaco Oval and Princess Margaret Hospital) by Land Corp and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.
The updated strategy and scheme provides a planning framework for new development to respect existing streetscape character and neighbouring properties, protect tree canopy and contribute to the urban forest.
Mayor Penny Taylor said council was moving forward with a well-considered approach, with density in appropriate areas, rather than blanket increases.
“We’ve heard what the community has said and made changes based on this information and principles in the State Government’s planning framework,” she said.
“Together, we are prepared for change. The modified scheme and strategy will ensure that these changes are gradual and guided by a best-practice planning framework that supports our community in welcoming new neighbours to their streets. All individual developments will still need to be considered on their own merit.
“The modified LPS5 safeguards what our community loves about their neighbourhoods.
“We are proud of the work we’ve done with the community and in our discussions with the State Government to get a scheme that protects who we are and plans appropriately for the future,“ Mayor Taylor said.
The city completed a rigorous 92 day consultation in 2018, including a dedicated webpage, online surveys, a dedicated phone line and email, ten community information sessions, newspaper advertisements, social media posts and a customised mail out to all residents and property owners. More than 1000 comments were received from the community.
With the scheme and strategy prepared and advertised at the same time, the city has been able to consider all submissions on both documents holistically and recommend modifications across the two.

Modifications at a glance

Shenton Park station precinct

  • Remove blanket density around the train station and revert most properties to their current R-codes (R15 to R20)
  • Maintain higher density (R60 to R100) on some lots situated on Aberdare Road and in close proximity to Shenton Park station

Daglish / Jolimont

  • Remove blanket density around Daglish station and revert most properties to their current R-codes (R15 to R20)
  • Increase density (R80 to R160) for lots around Hay Street where higher density already exists, providing development opportunities close to the railway, in non-character streetscapes
  • An additional modification was adopted by Council to return an area in south-west Daglish back to R25 and undertake further precinct planning in the future.

West Subiaco

  • Remove blanket density around Daglish train station and revert most properties to their current R-codes (R20)
  • Maintain higher density (R80 to R100) for lots along Railway Road within close proximity to the station

Subi East

  • The draft Local Planning Strategy provides a framework for 2900 new dwellings in the Subiaco Redevelopment Area (Subi East)
  • This land is under the planning control of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and is being developed by LandCorp. These government agencies will set out the design and development guidelines including zoning and R-codes before the land is transferred back to the city in the future.

North Subiaco / Town Centre

  • Implement the North Subiaco Structure Plan along Hay Street east
  • Implement the approved Subiaco Activity Centre Plan


  • Updates to the scheme provide new protection for parks, green space and public open spaces in Subi Centro, Triangle Precinct, Jolimont and Shenton Park.
  • Further precinct planning will be undertaken in some key areas to carefully investigate future infill opportunities and heritage considerations.   

To view the changes to the scheme map and scheme text, and comment on the proposed modifications, visit Have Your Say Subiaco. Consultation closes on Tuesday 16 April 2019.