Planning Scheme

What is a planning scheme?

Local planning schemes are made under Part 5 of the Planning and Development Act 2005, which sets out the general objectives of schemes, the matters which may be addressed and the requirements for review.

Where schemes involve the zoning or classification of land, they are required to reflect the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015. Importantly, there are some sections of the scheme which are 'deemed provisions' which cannot be changed.

Schemes include a variety of zones and accompanying statutory planning provisions which combine to provide for control of land use and development. This combination reflects a set formula of land use possibilities and zoning arrangements, with the intent being that the formula achieves the aims of the Scheme, which itself is derived from the strategic vision of the Local Planning Strategy.

Town Planning Scheme No 3 

The local planning scheme for the City of Cockburn is known as Town Planning Scheme No.3 (the Scheme) and regulates how land in the City is used and developed. It is comprised of Scheme text and a Map.

The Scheme regulates a number of planning functions including:
  • Setting aside land as reserves for public purposes
  • Zoning land within the Scheme Area for the purposes defined in the Scheme
  • Controlling and guiding land use and development
  • Setting out procedures for the assessment and determination of planning applications
  • Making provisions for the administration and enforcement of the Scheme
  • Addressing other matters set out in the Schedule 7 of the Planning and Development Act 2005.
To view the Scheme text or maps, please see the useful links section below.

Scheme amendments

What is a scheme amendment?

From time to time, it becomes necessary to amend the City's Town Planning Scheme No. 3 (TPS No.3). When a change is proposed or made to TPS No.3, it is referred to as a scheme amendment. These changes can be proposed by landowners, State Government agencies or the City itself. The decision to initiate a scheme amendment is however at the discretion of the City (which has no appeal rights), and once initiated the City becomes responsible for progressing a scheme amendment.

Scheme amendments occur for a variety of different reasons including:

  • A change in zoning to accommodate development
  • A change in the residential density coding to alter residential density
  • A change in the scheme's wording to ensure more effective planning
  • To implement the strategic vision of the local planning strategy
  • To ensure orderly and proper planning.

There are three different types of scheme amendment: basic, standard and complex. The Western Australian Planning Commission has flowcharts which detail the scheme amendment process. For detailed information regarding the scheme amendment process, including types. fees and checklists, please download the Scheme Amendment Information Sheet under Related Documents below.

Current planning scheme amendments

The following table describes the current planning scheme amendments and their status.

Scheme amendment number and name Scheme amendments Decision to initiate amendment EPA consent to advertise Amendment advertised (when applicable) Amendment adopted by Council WA Planning Commission/Minister for final planning approval
116 - Omnibus Proposes modifications to correct anomalies and ensure that the definitions in the Schedule of the Scheme Text are appropriately updated to align both within the Scheme and with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015. Complete Complete Complete Complete Complete
Lot 1 Ghostgum Drive Treeby (formerly Banjup) Proposes to extend the existing Development Area 37 over this lot (adjacent to the Calleya estate). This will bring the City's scheme into line with the Metropolitan Region Scheme which recently zoned this lot 'Urban'. Complete Complete Not yet started Not yet started Not yet started
112 - Lots 101, 103 and 104 Jandakot Road, Jandakot Proposes to delete the columns headed "Additional Use" and "Conditions" from AU 1 of Schedule 2 - Additional Uses and replacing those columns with new provisions as well as adjust the AU 1 area on Lots 101, 103 and 104 Jandakot Road, Jandakot to allow for future road widening and expanding the AU 1 area over the balance of Lot 103 excluding Bush Forever Site 388. Complete Not yet started Not yet started Not yet started Not yet started
111 Lot 2 Fanstone Avenue The scheme amendment proposal involves amending Town Planning Scheme No.3 by rezoning part of Lot 2 Fanstone Avenue, Beeliar to the 'Development' Zone and Reserve part of Lot 2 Fanstone Avenue, Beeliar to Local Reserve Lakes and Drainage. 
 
The objective of the scheme amendment is to (subject to a structure plan) facilitate infill residential development on the former quarry site.
Complete Not yet started Not yet started Not yet started Not yet started
125 - Lot 8 (No. 392) Rockingham Road, Spearwood This Scheme Amendment seeks to reclassify Lot 8 from ‘Public Purpose – Police Station’ to ‘Residential’. The objective of the scheme amendment is to repurpose the site as the police station is no longer required. Not yet started Not yet started Not yet started Not yet started Not yet started

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