The Local Planning Strategy sets out the long term planning direction for the City and covers a 10-15 year timeframe. It is set within the context of the Town Planning Scheme, but is not a statutory document. The Strategy sets out the general aims and intentions of the long term planning of the City and covers key issues such as housing, employment, business activity, transport and public open space.
The City is in the process of reviewing the Local Planning Strategy, with the following preliminary consultation now completed:
- Local Profile Papers (identifying key issues for the CIty) advertised for public comment and refined after consultation.
- Series of eight community/landowner workshops in targeted areas.
Further information regarding this consultation, including outcomes reports, can be found at the following link: Comment on Cockburn - Planning Cockburn 2036 opens in a new window
The City is now in the process of preparing a draft Local Planning Strategy, and the approximate timeline is as follows:
- 2020 Q1-Q2 - Collating analysis and drafting of Local Planning Strategy document
- 2020 Q3 – Report to Council seeking support for advertising
- 2021 - Formal advertising (following Council support and WAPC consent to advertise)
- Consideration of submissions
- Presentation to Council for support and referral to WAPC for endorsement
The Local Planning Strategy includes:
A description of the key characteristics of Cockburn, including its regional context and major planning issues
An explanation of the strategic land use directions the Council is seeking to pursue
Land use and development opportunities and constraints, which provide a context for local planning decisions
The links between strategic planning in the municipality and the State, and regional planning context
Strategic policy statements about key issues such as housing, industry and business, open space and recreation, transport, infrastructure, environment, townsites and rural land
Detailed policies and proposals for particular areas or specific issues contained in the strategy
An outline of how the strategy will be implemented including reference to any Local Planning Policies and guidelines which may be required, planning scheme measures and proposals of the State and local government to facilitate development including capital works.
The Local Planning Strategy provides an opportunity for an integrated approach to planning across all areas of a municipality including consideration of social, environmental and economic aspects with linkages to the Council's Corporate Plan. It also provides a very real opportunity for involving the community in charting the future course for the planning and development of the district.
The Local Planning Strategy sets out the framework of State and regional policies and interprets these for the local area. It provides the planning context for the land use zones, reservations and statutory provisions contained in the Town Planning Scheme.
While the Local Planning Strategy is set within the context of the Town Planning Scheme, it does not form part of the Scheme. The Council may have regard for the Local Planning Strategy when making planning decisions, and this could carry significant weight in planning appeals.
The Local Planning Strategy, unlike the Scheme, is not subject to environmental assessment but the Scheme provisions which implement the Strategy may be subject to assessment and the inclusion of conditions in the Scheme.
While the Town Planning Scheme has a five-year timeframe, the Local Planning Strategy covers a 10-15 year period.
The Local Planning Strategy is current, however it is currently under review.