Local Planning Strategy

About the Local Planning Strategy

The Local Planning Strategy outlines the City’s 10–15-year plan, addressing key issues such as housing, employment, business activity, transportation, and public open space.

While it operates within the framework of the Town Planning Scheme, it holds no statutory authority. It also serves as a blueprint for the new local planning scheme, that will replace Town Planning Scheme No.3.

Review of the Local Planning Strategy   

Council adopted a draft Local Planning Strategy at the  8 October 2020  meeting which was referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) for certification/consent to advertise.

At their meeting on 14 June 2022, the WAPC Statutory Planning Committee (SPC) certified the draft City of Cockburn Local Planning Strategy for advertising, subject to modifications which were made to the document prior to advertising.
The draft Local Planning Strategy was advertised for public comment in 2022 and the City presented it to Council at the 13 April 2023 Ordinary Council Meeting. Council considered the draft alongside the 241 public submissions and officer’s recommendation.

Council supported the strategy subject to 60 modifications. The modifications and meeting minutes are available to view in the Document Library on Comment on Cockburn.

The City forwarded the Strategy and recommended modifications to the WAPC for their consideration and final approval. 

The Western Australian Planning Commission endorsed the City of Cockburn Local Planning Strategy subject to modifications at their Statutory Planning Committee (SPC) Meeting held on 13 February 2024. The minutes of the meeting can be viewed on the SPC Agenda and Minutes page of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.
Once the City has made the required modifications to the document it will be sent to the WAPC for final endorsement.  Once the City receives advice from Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) that the document has been endorsed all submitters will be notified, and a copy of the final Local Planning Strategy will be published on this website.

Until the new Local Planning Strategy is endorsed by the WAPC, the current version remains and can be viewed below:


Local Planning Strategies

Document name Downloadable files
Local Planning Strategy - textPDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Bus Routes 1998PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Clause 32 Planning Control and Improvement PlanPDF document
Local Planning Strategy-DA and DC AreasPDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Development Constraints 1999PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-District Community Facilities 1996PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Education Facilities 1999PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Environmental Characteristics 1998PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Existing and Future Retail 1999PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Existing Bicycle Facilities 1999PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Extractive IndustriesPDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Future Urban Areas Jan 1999PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Industrial Zone Land 1999PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Infill Sewerage Program 1999PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Local Communities Facilities 1996PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Major Planning Issues 1999PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Metropolitan LocationPDF document
Local Planning Strategy-MRSPDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Municipal Heritage Inventory 1998PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Neighbourhood Communities Facilities 1996PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Parks and RecreationPDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Primary School CatchmentsPDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Proposed Bicycle Facilities 1999PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Regional Community Facilities 1996PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Residential DensitiesPDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Road Network and Public Transport 10 YearsPDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Statement of Planning Policy No. 2 & No. 6PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Thompsons Lake Master Plan 1998PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Trails Master Plan 1996PDF document
Local Planning Strategy-Ultimate Strategic District PlanPDF document

More information and contact

For more information on the Local Planning Strategy please call 08 9411 3444 or email [email protected]



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