Why do we need a Local Housing Strategy?

    The City of Kalamunda is required to review housing as part of the Local Planning Strategy (LPS). The LPS is essentially a stocktake of housing, the environment, commercial development and infrastructure throughout the whole local government area which is reviewed every five years. The Local Housing Strategy (Strategy) forms one section of the LPS. 

    This helps the City plan for the future and meet the demands of a growing population, assist with coordinated delivery of infrastructure, improve design for developing communities and adapt to changing environmental conditions. 

    The Local Planning Strategy is required to be prepared in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 Schedule 2, Part 2; and Local Planning Manual 2010. 

    The City of Kalamunda Local Planning Strategy consists of six sub-strategies including:

    • Local Housing Strategy
    • Industrial Strategy
    • Public Open Space Strategy 
    • Environmental Land Use Planning Strategy 
    • Activity Centre Strategy 
    • Rural Strategy 

    What is in the Local Housing Strategy?

    The Strategy reports on the current state of housing in the City, analyses the current and future housing needs of the City’s residents and makes recommendations on what actions need to be taken to meet changing demands and improve housing opportunities overall. The Strategy focuses on population growth, demographic info, housing stock age and investigation areas which are noted for further community engagement. It also proposes to reduce ‘red tape’ by updating the Local Planning Scheme, updating local planning policies and ‘normalising’ outdated Structure Plans to simplify the planning process. It also discusses types of innovative housing which could be encouraged, focuses on expanding active transport options and supporting eco-friendly development.

    Will the Local Housing Strategy affect my property?

    The LHS is a high-level document which recommends strategies and actions to be undertaken over the next five years. It is unlikely you will see any immediate change, though landowners may see correspondence from the City as each action is investigated further. All actions will be subject to a separate public consultation process. This document will have no immediate effect on your property zoning. 

    For more information you can view Section 7 – Investigation Areas of the LHS.   

    What are the key actions of the Local Housing Strategy?

    There are five Strategy areas which have include detailed actions and a time frame for implementation. These strategy areas are:

    Ensure the City’s planning framework is contemporary through the preparation of a new Local Planning Scheme No. 4, and collaborating with the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to streamline Structure Plans and Local Development Plans through a ‘normalisation process’.
    Improve access to activity centres, major transport routes and cycling routes, review current Dual Density guidelines and continue investigation into potential aged care developments.
    Provision of recommendations to the City’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention team on design principals that aim to “design out” crime. Review of Municipal Heritage Inventory and reflect changes for consistency with the Heritage Act 2018.
    Preparation of a ‘Sustainability Bonus’ local planning policy to guide higher quality streetscape outcomes, undertake detailed analysis of housing stock and development patterns to identify emerging trends.
    Investigation of subdivision and development opportunities for investigation areas as part of the new Local Planning Strategy and Local Planning Scheme No.4. This Strategy also aims to investigate innovative housing developments to increase housing diversity and opportunity for aging in place (ie. tiny homes on wheels).

    How can I provide feedback?

    You are invited to join our LIVE Online Information Session which will take place on:

    Friday 1 May 2020, from 10:30am – 11:30am.

    To attend, complete our registration form. The meeting dates and link will be sent to you closer to the date.

    The City of Kalamunda is encouraging residents and stakeholders to provide feedback via our survey:

    Online:           engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/housing-strategy 

    Post to:          City of Kalamunda, PO Box 42, Kalamunda WA 6926
    Email:            enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au 

    Comments close 5pm Friday 29 May 2020.

    What will happen next?

    On conclusion of the community engagement process, the City will collate and analyse all feedback which will be considered in finalising the draft Local Housing Strategy. Once the draft is finalised, it will be submitted to its upcoming Ordinary Council Meeting (OCM) for adoption. Once adopted, the City will advertise this in the local newspaper, on the website and via social media.

    Where can I get more information?

    For more information contact the City of Kalamunda on (08) 9257 9999 or via email on enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au

    We will also keep you informed through website updates, by telephone or email if that is your preferred method of communication. Please let us know.