Housing Opportunity Areas

Housing Opportunity Areas are the 10 areas identified in the City of Joondalup’s Local Housing Strategy and the City’s Local Planning Scheme No 3 as appropriate areas for increased density.

Since implementation of the Local Housing Strategy began in early 2016, landowners in Housing Opportunity Areas have been able to redevelop their properties in line with the higher densities allocated.

However, changes made to the State Government’s Residential Design Codes to remove average site areas for multiple dwellings and a lack of State Government support for a City of Joondalup initiative to restrict the development of multiple dwellings to sites 2,000 square metres or larger, have resulted in development outcomes in the Housing Opportunity Areas that were not originally envisaged by the City. Some residents are also concerned about the type of development currently occurring in Housing Opportunity Areas and called on the City to review how infill development is managed.

The City has responded to these concerns by developing Draft New Development Standards for Housing Opportunity Areas which were endorsed by the Council at its meeting on 20 August 2019 for the purposes of community consultation.

Further information on the draft new development standards and information on how to provide feedback during the community consultation period can be found on the Draft New Development Standards for Housing Opportunity Areas webpage. The community consultation period will run from 28 November 2019 to 16 January 2020.

If you require further information on the Draft New Development Standards for Housing Opportunity Areas, contact the City’s Planning Services team. The City’s urban planners also welcome the opportunity to discuss any queries with you in person, by appointment.