Local Housing Strategy
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The amendment to the City’s District Planning Scheme No. 2 (Scheme Amendment No 73) to implement recommendations of the Local Housing Strategy will take effect on 12 February 2016 through a notification in the Government Gazette. From this date the City will be able to accept applications for development approval in line with the scheme amendment. Applications for subdivision will need to be made to the Department of Planning. A copy of the changes to District Planning Scheme No.2 in Scheme Amendment No. 73 is available under Related Information.
The recommendations of the Local Housing Strategy not implemented through Scheme Amendment No 73 have been implemented through the Residential Development Local Planning Policy and Height of Non Residential Buildings Local Planning Policy. These policies came into effect on 14 January 2016 following consideration and adoption by Council at its meeting held on 15 December 2015. In conjunction with the adoption of these policies Council also revoked the Height and Scale of Buildings within Residential Areas and Height of Buildings within the Coast Area (Non-Residential Zones) policies.
The Residential Development Local Planning Policy provides development requirements for all residential development, including criteria that is required to be met to develop at higher densities for dual-coded lots. This policy should be reviewed when designing for subdivision or residential development.
Prior to developing a new Local Planning Scheme, the State Government requires all Local Governments to develop a number of supporting documents which include a Local Planning Strategy (LPS), a Local Housing Strategy (LHS) and a Local Commercial Strategy (LCS). The purpose of the LHS is to provide the rationale to cater for population growth and meet future housing needs within the City of Joondalup.
On Tuesday 12 November 2013, the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) resolved to support the Local Housing Strategy. The recommendations were initially going to be implemented through the City’s new Local Planning Scheme, which is currently being developed. However, Council wanted to progress the Local Housing Strategy sooner than this and requested an amendment to the current scheme to implement the recommendations instead of waiting for the new planning scheme.
Scheme Amendment No. 73 was considered by Council at its December 2013 meeting. The purpose of this scheme amendment is to incorporate some of the recommendations of the Local Housing Strategy into the City’s District Planning Scheme No. 2.
Given the complexity and implications of the amendment, the Western Australian Planning Commission’s permission was needed before the amendment could be advertised. Consent from the WAPC to advertise the scheme amendment was granted on 17 October 2014.
The City advertised Scheme Amendment No 73 for 42 days commencing on 29 October 2014 and concluding on the 10 December 2014. A report on submissions was presented to Council at its meeting held on 31 March 2015. At this meeting, Council resolved to adopt Scheme Amendment 73, with modifications. Those modifications, however, did not alter the proposed extent of the Housing Opportunity Areas or the proposed residential densities. The scheme amendment was forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission for the Minister for Planning’s determination at the end of April 2015.
The Western Australian Planning Commission considered Scheme Amendment No 73 at its meeting held on 10 November 2015. The report and recommendation was confidential. Following consideration by the Western Australian Planning Commission, Scheme Amendment No 73 was forwarded to the Minister for Planning for final approval.
The Minister for Planning supported the amendment subject to a number of modifications. The City undertook these modifications, and the Minister for Planning granted final approval of Scheme Amendment No 73 on 28 January 2016. The scheme amendment will take effect from 12 February 2016 through notification in the Government Gazette.
The remainder of the recommendations of the Local Housing Strategy not implemented through Scheme Amendment No 73 have been implemented through two local planning policies. The Residential Development Local Planning Policy and Height of Non-Residential Buildings Local Planning Policy were presented to Council on 17 August 2015 (refer to report CJ147-08/15). Public consultation on these policies was undertaken from 17 September to 8 October 2015. The policies were subsequently adopted with modifications by Council at its meeting held on 15 December 2015 (refer to report CJ228-12/15), and came into effect by way of notice in the local newspaper on 14 January 2016. In conjunction with the adoption of these policies Council also revoked the Height and Scale of Buildings within Residential Areas and Height of Buildings within the Coast Area (Non-Residential Zones) policies.