Draft Changes to Development within 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 residential 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 responded to these concerns by developing draft new development standards for housing opportunity areas consisting of a local planning policy and an amendment to the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3. The draft new standards were considered by the Council at its meeting on 20 August 2019 and extensive community consultation was then undertaken on the draft proposals.

Council considered the outcomes of community consultation at a meeting held on 24 March 2020 and adopted the draft new development standards for Housing Opportunity Areas, with modifications. A copy of the report can be found in the Council Meeting Minutes.

The following draft new development standards for Housing Opportunity Areas documents, together with copies of all submissions received, have been forward to the Minister for Planning and Western Australian Planning Commission for consideration and determination. As such, these documents are not final and may change.

If you made a submission or have previously registered your interest in this project, the City will advise you of the outcome.

If you require further information on the draft new development standards for Housing Opportunity Areas, email the City’s Planning Services team.