Why has the City of Kalamunda prepared this Policy?

    Local Planning Policy 28 – LPP28 (The Policy) will guide Council, the City’s officers and external stakeholders in identifying the City’s responsibilities for the preparation of structure plans in order to achieve the implementation of the State Government’s North East Sub-Regional Framework (the Framework) and Local Planning Frameworks.

    What is the City’s and private sector’s roles in the preparation of Structure Plans?

    The City and the private sector both have roles to play in delivering the proposals of the State Planning Framework and local strategies. Land development is not a core function of the City, with Local Structure Plans (LSP) usually prepared by the private sector and are a pre-cursor to the physical subdivision and development process. Local Structure Plans are generally prepared closer to implementation to ensure currency and a direct link between planning and delivery. 

    Local Structure Plans require an understanding of the implementation of the area through to land development to assist with detailed infrastructure delivery including:

    1. Sewer;
    2. Reticulated Water
    3. Electricity
    4. Gas
    5. Roads
    6. Public Open Space
    7. Community Facilities
    8. Schools

    All LSPs must be advertised by a local government for public comment and are required to be assessed and endorsed by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).

    What Structure Plans has the City prepared in the past?

    The City has, historically, prepared a number of structure plans in areas of fragmented landownership. These structure plans were prepared having regard for the circumstances of the respective areas including external influencing factors such as key State Government infrastructure projects including Gateway WA, the Forrestfield Airport Link and the nature of fragmented landownership within the areas. 

    The City has, in the past and in certain areas, recognised the benefits of initiating structure planning within the City. The benefits include but are not limited to; balancing a fair and equitable plan for all affected landowners consistent with State Planning Policies, investing early in establishing a planning framework that might otherwise not have begun due to fragmented land parcels and the opportunity to guide a planning framework that is fitting with the City and community’s vision. 

    What is a ‘Structure Plan’?

    Structure Plans are guiding documents that coordinate the development of areas of varying scales and can be supported by technical studies of varying detail. Structure Plans can be defined as:

    1. District Structure Plans (DSPs) – strategic framework for the planning, assessment, coordination and implementation of future subdivision and zoning of an area of land within a broad district sized area which features a broad level of detail and establishes the key development principles of that area.
    2. Local Structure Plans (LSPs) – a plan for the coordination of future subdivision and zoning of an area of land within a more defined area than a district structure plan and deals with residential density, subdivision, and the coordination of infrastructure on a neighbourhood or smaller scale.
    3. Activity Centre Plans (ACPs) – guides the types of land uses and the overall development (including built form) that is intended to occur within the activity centre. It can detail land use and infrastructure requirements as well as environmental assets, residential density, built form, infrastructure and access arrangements. 
    4. Precinct Plans – A plan to guide the design, assessment and control of subdivision, land use and development in a precinct.

    What is the North East Sub-regional Planning Framework?

    The State Government’s North East Sub-Regional Framework (the Framework) establishes a long-term and integrated planning framework for land use and infrastructure provision in Perth’s north east sub-region which the City of Kalamunda (the City) is located within. The Framework provides guidance for:

    1. The preparation of amendments to the Perth metropolitan and Peel region schemes, local planning strategies/schemes, district (DSP) and local structure plans (LSP), and activity centre plans (ACP); and 
    2. The staging and sequencing of urban development to inform public investment in regional community, social and service infrastructure.
    3. The Framework sets out proposals to achieve a more consolidated urban form, meet long term housing needs, strengthen key activity centres and employment nodes amongst many other key objectives.

    Figure 1. Western Australian Planning Framework

    What Local Strategies provide guidance and proposals that require the preparation of planning documents?

    The City’s Local Planning Strategy purpose is to enable Council to determine the vision and strategic planning direction for the City of Kalamunda. The City has also prepared or in the process of preparing the following sub-strategies that provide strategic directions for the varying components of land use planning in the City:

    1. Public Open Space Strategy 
    2. Industrial Development Strategy 
    3. Environmental Land Use Planning Strategy 
    4. Local Housing Strategy 
    5. Activity Centres Strategy

    As a landowner, how will the policy affect me?

    The City and Council will continue to assess its role in the preparation of structure plans on a case-by-case basis. The Structure Plans the City has completed or is currently progressing will continue under its existing planning process. These include:

    1. Forrestfield/High Wycombe Industrial Area Stage 1 LSP
    2. Forrestfield North DSP
    3. Forrestfield North Residential Precinct LSP
    4. Forrestfield North Transit Oriented Development Precinct  LSP
    5. Kalamunda Activity Centre Plan

    Currently the following locations are identified in the North East sub-regional framework:

    1. Wattle Grove South (Crystal Brook) – Urban Expansion/Urban Investigation
    2. Maida Vale South – Urban Expansion
    3. Pickering Brook Town Site – Planning Investigation
    4. Hillview Golf Course – Planning Investigation

    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.