Housing opportunity areas

Housing opportunities area

New Planning Framework for Infill Development

A report on the draft new planning framework will be presented to the Council Briefing Session on Tuesday 9 April 2019. The Briefing Session report and draft new planning framework documents are available online.

The report and draft new planning framework will be presented to the Council meeting on 16 April 2019.

The purpose of the report will only be to seek Council’s agreement to advertise the draft new planning framework for public consultation. The report will not be seeking Council’s support for or final endorsement of the framework at this stage.

For information on Briefing Sessions and Council Meetings please visit the link below:

Briefing Sessions and Council Meetings – Frequently Asked Questions

Planning Framework Consultation Report

The consultant report detailing the outcomes of the consultation phase is now available.  The report is extensive as it contains all feedback received from interested parties during the consultation period, as well as consultant analysis of the feedback. An Executive Summary has been included in the report to highlight the key consultation outcomes.

It is also important to note that the report on early consultation outcomes does not form part of the draft new planning framework but is one of the key inputs that have been used by the consultants to inform development of the framework. Other inputs are State Government policy, State Government advice and direction, and the knowledge and expertise of the different consultant team members.

Next steps

If Council decides to endorse the new planning framework for public consultation, the relevant documents will then be sent to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the Western Australian Planning Commission. Once these authorities give the go-ahead to advertise the documents, the City will commence a second, formal engagement process with the community and other stakeholders to ensure the details of the new framework are understood and to seek comment/feedback from the community on the draft new planning framework.

A summary of the proposed second, formal engagement process is contained within the report to be presented to the Council Briefing Session on 9 April 2019 and Council Meeting on 16 April 2019.


The State Government has a strategy for the future development of Perth that aims to accommodate 47% of all new dwellings as infill development and has set residential infill targets for each local government. The City of Joondalup (the City) is required to have a Local Housing Strategy to show how the future housing needs of its community will be met and how it plans to achieve the residential infill target set for it by the State Government.

The City started developing its Local Housing Strategy in 2010 by identifying suitable areas for medium density. These areas are known as Housing Opportunity Areas (or HOAs) and were strategically selected, based on a set of criteria, including proximity to train stations, high frequency bus routes and activity centres.

Since early 2016, residents in HOAs have been able to redevelop their properties in line with the higher densities allocated to these areas. However, a number of residents are concerned about the development outcomes occurring in these areas and called on the City to review how infill development is managed. Council responded to these concerns by endorsing the preparation of a new planning framework (amendment to the City’s planning scheme and design-led local planning policy) for the City’s HOAs that requires a higher quality of design and better manages the impact of development on existing residents and streetscapes.

An expert external consultant project team has been assembled to conduct the review of the HOAs and has provided independent report, with recommendations to the City on the development of the planning framework.

Further information on the project can be found in the General Information and FAQs.

Housing Opportunity Areas
Housing Opportunity Areas
Housing Area - 1 - Sequoia Rd/Telopia Dr to Warwick Grove Shopping Centre
Housing Area - 2 - Greenwood Village
Housing Area - 3 - Sorrento Laneways Lots
Housing Area - 4 - Marmion Avenue to Greenwood Station
Housing Area - 5 - Whitfords Centre to Whitfords Station
Housing Area - 6 - Whitfords Station to Goollelal Drive
Housing Area - 7 - Belridge Centre to Edgewater Station
Housing Area - 8 - Edgewater Station to Trappers Drive
Housing Area - 9 - Heathridge
Housing Area - 10 - East of Currambine Station