Draft Local Housing Strategy
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To cater for Perth’s future population growth and in order to meet future housing needs and changing lifestyle choices, the State Government requires that all Local Governments develop a Local Housing Strategy.
The recommendations of the City of Joondalup’s draft Local Housing Strategy will be implemented via the City’s new Local Planning Scheme and a range of supporting planning policies.
A key recommendation of the draft Local Housing Strategy is to allow properties within 10 identified areas or pockets within the City of Joondalup to develop to higher residential densities. The boundaries of these Housing Opportunity Areas were initially defined using a set of agreed criteria, which aligns with State planning documents and policies.
The draft Local Housing Strategy was originally advertised for public comment in 2010. Around 7,000 submissions were received, which were taken into account when the Council decided to adopt the strategy in February 2011. The strategy was then forwarded on to the Department of Planning for its assessment and for final consideration of the draft strategy by the Western Australian Planning Commission.
Unfortunately, formal feedback received from the Department of Planning indicates that the draft strategy will not be supported unless it responds more strongly to State planning documents and policies by providing more opportunity for increased housing densification than currently proposed.
The City therefore proposes to increase the size of certain Housing Opportunity Areas and to increase the density within most of these areas and is seeking comments on the proposed changes from landowners who weren’t previously included in a Housing Opportunity Area, but are now proposed to be.
Whilst all other landowners and other interested parties are also welcome to provide comments on the proposed changes, the Department of Planning has made it clear that increases in densification are required and therefore, scope for further significant changes to the Housing Opportunity Areas is limited.
The revised Housing Opportunity Areas and a set of Frequently Asked Questions are available online and can also be viewed at the City’s Administration Building in Boas Avenue, Joondalup, and at the Whitfords Customer Service Centre in Hillarys.
Once the strategy is endorsed by the Western Australian Planning Commission, the recommendations of the Local Housing Strategy, including any density increases, will be implemented through the City’s new Local Planning Scheme and a range of supporting local planning policies.
The process of adopting a new Local Planning Scheme will take at least two years to complete following finalisation of the Local Housing Strategy, and will include additional opportunity for community input and feedback. Only once the new Local Planning Scheme is in place, will landowners be able to apply for development or subdivision approval in line with the new densities.