The Lakes Revitalisation Strategy was part of the City’s suburb renewal project and included the suburbs of South Lake, Bibra Lake (east) and parts of North Lake.
Please be advised that the Minister for Transport and Planning, Rita Saffioti MLA, on 29 March 2019 formally refused to grant final approval to Scheme Amendment No. 118 – The Lakes. As such no increase to residential density “R-codes” will be applied to the Lakes area as identified by the below 'Location Map'. (Refer to Related Documents below to access the refusal letter).
The City is looking at the City’s housing needs into the future as part of the draft Local Planning Strategy, which includes an assessment of residential infill needs and opportunities. At this stage the draft Local Planning Strategy is awaiting the certification of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) prior to advertising, and comprehensive community consultation will be undertaken once this has occurred.
What was the decision?
The Minister resolved to refuse the amendment for the reasons outlined in the refusal letter dated 29 March 2019 from the Western Australian Planning Commission (see Lakes webpage).What does this mean for subdivision potential in my area?
Subdivision under the advertised density codes of R30, R40, R60 and R80 is not possible as the amendment to introduce these new density codes was refused by the Minister.Will the City be preparing a new amendment? Why or why not?
Why is the Lakes Amendment said to be “inconsistent” with the Sub-Regional Planning Framework?
At this stage the City has been asked by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to focus on its ‘Local Planning Strategy’. As part of this the City is looking at the City’s housing needs into the future as part of the draft Local Planning Strategy, which will include an assessment of residential infill needs and opportunities. At this stage the draft Local Planning Strategy is awaiting the certification of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) prior to advertising, and comprehensive community consultation will be undertaken once this has occurred.
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The City’s Lakes Revitalisation Strategy began preparation in 2015, and was finalised by the City on 12 October 2017. This was developed based upon the strategic guidance that the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage had provided in terms of achieving greater proportions of new residential growth within established areas of the Perth region. Strategically this was to be prioritised by all local governments, in order to take full advantage of the proximity to infrastructure, services, facilities and amenities that established areas enjoyed.Why is the Lakes Amendment not supported by a WAPC endorsed Local Planning Strategy?
The City’s Lakes Revitalisation Strategy was finalised five months before the approval of Perth and Peel @ 3.5 Million/ Sub-Regional Planning Strategy, which provided a different strategic approach through focussing development on the creation of new so called ‘Station Precincts,’ delivered through METRONET. The first stage of METRONET links Cockburn Central/South Lake to Thornlie, and thus the City felt that the Lakes suburbs would reflect the strategic aspiration of a revitalised ‘Station Precinct.’ As ‘Perth and Peel’ came out after the proposed scheme amendment, the City was not able to anticipate the State Government’s METRONET precinct focus on increased density. This is essentially a key reason that has been expressed for not supporting scheme amendment 118.
The City’s 2018 Local Housing Strategy was provided to the Commission when adopted however it is a lower order strategy and as such the Commission acknowledged it but did not formally endorse it. Why was the amendment inconsistent with State Planning Policy No 5.4 – Road and Rail noise methodology?
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage did not consider that the City’s attempt to address railway noise via a Special Control Area was suitable in the context of higher residential densities. The City proposed that any plans for residential infill would stipulate soundproofing treatments to mitigate noise from the railway. In addition the City’s acoustic report, which informed the proposal, indicated a positive screening effect of residential from the first rows of housing through increased density. The City felt that assisting landowners in these areas to show how development could occur and better manage noise and vibration impacts, would benefit the broader community. Unfortunately this was not supported as part of the consideration of the amendment.Will the City be undertaking the capital works as listed in the Lakes Revitalisation Strategy and Background Report?
The City’s Lakes revitalisation strategy included a number of recommendations in addition to increased density. The remaining commitments to the community under the strategy will continue to be implemented. Specifically, improvements to; streetscape, parks, road networks, footpaths, cycle paths and bus stops - with the aid of State government partnerships.