Local Housing Strategy
Prior to developing a new Local Planning Scheme, the State Government requires all Local Governments to develop a number of supporting documents which include a Local Planning Strategy (LPS), a Local Housing Strategy (LHS) and a Local Commercial Strategy (LCS). The purpose of the LHS is to provide the rationale to cater for population growth and meet future housing needs within the City of Joondalup.
On Tuesday 12 November 2013, the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) resolved to support the Local Housing Strategy. The recommendations were initially going to be implemented through the City’s new Local Planning Scheme, which is currently being developed. However, Council wanted to progress the Local Housing Strategy sooner than this and requested an amendment to the current scheme to implement the recommendations instead of waiting for the new planning scheme.
Scheme Amendment No. 73 was considered by Council at its December 2013 meeting. The purpose of this scheme amendment was to incorporate some of the recommendations of the LHS into DPS2. The remainder of the recommendations will be implemented through associated policies which the City is currently in the process of preparing. Once completed, and endorsed by Council, these Policies will also be advertised.
Given the complexity and implications of the amendment, the Western Australian Planning Commission’s permission was needed before the amendment could be advertised. Consent from the WAPC to advertise the scheme amendment was granted on 17 October 2014.
The City advertised the Scheme Amendment for 42 days commencing on 29 October 2014 and concluding on the 10 December 2014. A report on submissions was presented to Council at its meeting held on 31 March 2015. At this meeting, Council resolved to adopt Scheme Amendment 73, with modifications. Those modifications, however, did not alter the proposed extent of the Housing Opportunity Areas or the proposed residential densities. The scheme amendment was forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission for the Minister for Planning’s determination at the end of April 2015.
To implement the remainder of the recommendations of the LHS, not proposed to be implemented through Scheme Amendment 73, the City has reviewed existing local planning policies and drafting new policies. Two draft policies have been completed and were presented to Council on 17 August 2015 (refer to report CJ147-08/15). Public consultation on these policies was undertaken from 17 September to 8 October 2015.
The Western Australian Planning Commission considered Scheme Amendment No 73 at its meeting held on 10 November 2015. The report and recommendation was confidential. Following consideration by the Western Australian Planning Commission, Scheme Amendment No 73 was forwarded to the Minister for Planning for final approval.
The Minister for Planning has supported the amendment subject to a number of modifications. The City is currently undertaking these required modifications prior to returning the documents to the Western Australian Planning Commission for final approval. It is anticipated that Scheme Amendment No 73 will take effect from the end of January 2016 through notification in the Government Gazette.
Council also considered the submissions received during public consultation and adopted the Residential Development Local Planning Policy and Height of Non-Residential Buildings Local Planning Policy at its meeting held on 15 December 2015 (refer to report CJ228-12/15). These policies will come into effect from 14 January 2016.
It is only once the Local Housing Strategy recommendations are incorporated into DPS2 will landowners be able to apply for development or subdivision approval in line with the new densities.
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