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Town Planning Scheme Review

The city is reviewing its current town planning scheme to ensure that it reflects best practice for managing land use and development. This should be done in a manner that reflects the needs of a growing population and also provides a local response to state government strategies and policies.

A Town Planning Scheme Review is a multi-staged process with a number of associated projects and processes.

Local Planning Strategy

The first stage of a Scheme Review is the preparation of a Local Planning Strategy (LPS). An LPS is a high level, strategic document that will set the long-term strategic planning framework for future development in the City of Subiaco over the next ten to twenty years.

  • During the latter part of 2010 and throughout 2011, staff and elected members worked together and with the community to prepare the draft LPS.
  • In March 2012, council resolved to forward the draft LPS to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) for endorsement to proceed to public consultation.
  • In April 2013, the WAPC certified that the draft LPS was consistent with the Town Planning Regulations subject to some minor modifications.
  • A 98 day public advertising period commenced in mid-May with the public invited to lodge submissions prior to 5pm on Friday 23 August 2013.
  • Council finalised the draft LPS in November 2013 and the document has now been forwarded to the WAPC for finalisation. 
  • The Western Australian Planning Commission have now endorsed the Local Planning Strategy.

The endorsed LPS sets out the local government's objectives for future planning and development and includes a broad framework by which to pursue those objectives. The LPS will set out the long term strategic planning framework for future development of the city over the next 10-20 years. In setting out the long-term planning directions, it also applies State and regional planning policies and strategies in the local context and provides the rationale for the zones and other provisions of the new Local Planning Scheme. Following the gazettal of the new Local Planning Scheme No. 5, it will also provide the strategic framework within which to consider future amendments to the scheme.

 

Download a copy of the Local Planning Strategy (PDF, 14.1MB)


Subiaco Activity Centre Plan

As part of the scheme review, the city engaged Hassell to undertake a  review of the Subiaco Central Development Plan to create an Activity Centre Structure Plan for the Subiaco Activity Centre. The Subiaco Activity Centre is focussed on the existing town centre. The preparation of an Activity Centre Structure Plan for this Centre is required by State Planning Policy 4.2 Activity Centres for Perth and Peel. This plan will provide a strategic and statutory tool for managing land use and development in the Centre.

The City of Subiaco's draft Activity Centre Plan was adopted by Council at the Ordinary Council Meting held on Tuesday 20 September 2016. The Plan is a 10-year strategic planning document that will guide land use and development in the Subiaco Town Centre. The adoption of the Plan is a key mileston in the review of the City's Town Planning Scheme, and has been developed in line with State Planning Policy 4.2 Activity Centres of Perth and Peel.

The Plan has been developed over four years with the assistance of Hassell, and has involved a place making and visioning exercise, the development of urban design framework scenarios and ultimately the Activity Centre Plan. The draft Plan has been through an extensive consultation exercise prior to adoption by Council.

The City of Subiaco will now submit the Plan to the Western Australian Planning Commission with a recommendation that the Plan be approved.

A list of the Subiaco Activity Centre Plan documents is provided below:

A history of the Activity Centre Plan project, which commenced in 2012, is outlined below:

  • In February 2013 a collaborative place making and visioning exercise with the community and elected members was undertaken to inform the development of the Structure Plan. The Place Vision and Placemaking Principles Report may be downloaded here (PDF, 2.4MB).
  • This culminated in the preparation of a Subiaco Activity Centre Options Report (PDF, 56MB), which included three urban design framework scenarios for the future development of the Subiaco Activity Centre (vision scenarios).
  • Public consultation on this report and the vision scenarios was undertaken from 13 July 2013 to 16 August 2013. The Consultation Summary Report may be downloaded here (PDF, 6.4MB).
  • Council endorsed Urban Design Framework 4 (PDF, 360KB) as the preferred vision for the future development of the Subiaco Activity Centre on 24 September 2013. The height plan (PDF, 356KB) and summary of Urban Design Framework 4 (PDF, 8.2MB) may be downloaded here.
  • The draft Structure Plan was developed based on framework 4. Council endorsed the draft Structure Plan for the purposes of public advertising in December 2013 and the document was forwarded to the WAPC for consent to advertise.
  • The draft plan was with the WAPC for a period of two years from December 2013. In October 2015 the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations were gazetted.
  • From January to March 2016 the draft plan was updated by the City.
  • On 24 May 2016, Council endorsed the draft plan for consultation. The consultation period commenced on 10 June 2016 and concluded on 8 July 2016. A report was presented to the August Council meeting, advising of the outcomes of the consultation. To view a copy of the report and the resolution of Council, refer to the minutes from the August Ordinary Council meeting here.
  • A report for the final adoption of the Subiaco Activity Centre Plan was presented to the September Council meeting on 20 September 2016. At the meeting, Council endorsed the plan. To view copies of the report and resolution of Council, refer to the minutes from the September Council meeting here.
 

North Subiaco Structure Plan

Since 2012, the City has been undertaking detailed strategic planning in the Town Centre and its immediate surrounds as part of the Scheme Review. Most notably an Activity Centre Plan has been developed and endorsed for the town centre. As part of this strategic planning the area bound by Townshend Road/Haydn Bunton Drive, Railway Road, Thomas Street and Churchill Avenue (colloquially to be referred to as North Subiaco), whilst not part of the core of the Centre, was identified as an important link between the Subiaco Activity Centre, and West Perth and West Leederville. Consequently the need for a separate urban design study and structure planning process for this area was considered necessary and has been undertaken.

The review of the Planning and Development Regulations, 1967 and resultant development and introduction of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations, 2015 (Regulations) has resulted in a relatively lengthy process. A history of the project is outlined below:

  • March 2014 - The city engaged Hassell to conduct an urban design study for the area. At its Ordinary Meeting Council also resolved to initiate Scheme Amendment No. 23 to insert a new Part 9 relating to Special Control Areas. The purpose of this amendment was to enable the city to adopy structure plans and local development plans under Town Planning Scheme No. 4 (TPS4), thereby allowing the recently prepared Subiaco Activity Centre Plan and proposed North Subiaco Structure Plan to become operational under TPS4 (refer item D10).
  • May 2014 - Preliminary engagement with elected members was undertaken to outline the opportunities and constraints within the area and preliminary findings.
  • August 2014 - Council resolved to undertake public consultation on the North Subiaco Town Planning and Urban Design Study - Draft Framework Scenarios for Public Consultation (June 2014), which included two urban design framework options (refer item D15). Advertising commenced on 5 September 2014 and concluded on 3 October 2014.
  • September 2014 - Council adopted Scheme Amendment No. 23. The amendment was subsequently forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission for finalisation.
  • December 2014 - Council considered the outcomes of the public consultation and endorsed urban design framework 3 as the preferred vision for the North Subiaco study area. The Council resolution also noted that upon gazettal of the Scheme Amendment No. 23 an agreed structure plan for the area would be developed based on this urban design framework.

Download a copy of the Summary of Submissions Report (PDF, 2.5MB)

Download a copy of the Preferred Urban Design Framework (PDF, 5.7MB)

  • July 2015 - The city was advised by the Department of Planning that it would not be recommending approval for Scheme Amendment No. 23 on the basis that the new Regulations would include provisions for Activity Centre Plans and Structure Plans.
  • October 2015 - The new Regulations were gazetted and came into effect.
  • April 2016 - The city engaged Taylor Burrell Barnett Town Planning and Urban Design (TBB) to prepare the draft North Subiaco Structure Plan (NSSP) based on the endorsed Urban Design Framework, taking into consideration any implications of the new Regulations.
  • October 2016 - Council endorsed the plan for consultation. The consultation period commenced on 4 November 2016 and concluded on 2 December 2016. To view a copy of the report and resolution of Council, refer to the minutes of the October Ordinary Council meeting here.
  • March 2017 - A report for the final adoption of the North Subiaco Structure Plan will be presented to Council.


Projects 

Subiaco Town Centre Public Realm Design and Streetscape Enhancement Proposal – Outcomes of Public Consultation and Adoption of Concept Design Report

The city of Subiaco has undertaken studies and extensive site analysis of the town centre. A Schematic Design Proposal has been prepared for the two major retail streets (Rokeby Road and Hay Street) that are the key focus areas for improvements to help activate the city’s streetscapes.

During October 2014, residents and people who work or regularly visit the City of Subiaco were encouraged to get involved and help create an inviting and active Subiaco Town Centre. The draft Subiaco Town Centre Public Realm Design and Streetscape Enhancement Proposal was advertised for a period of 28 days between 3 October 2014 and 31 October 2014. A total of 51 submissions were received. Due to the complexity of the matter and the type of submissions received, a Consultation Summary Report (November 2014) was prepared.

Download a copy of the Consultation Summary Report - November 2014 (PDF, 2.3MB)

Download a copy of the Concept Design Report Revision F – 1 December 2014 (PDF, 70.2MB)