Draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 and draft Local Planning Strategy

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Thank you for your input during our consultation on the City’s Local Planning Strategy (LPS) and Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5). 

The State Government has announced its decision on the City’s Local Planning Strategy (LPS) and Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5). The Minister for Planning has approved Local Planning Scheme No. 5 and it was published in the Government Gazette on 21 February 2020 at which time it took effect.

The City began consultation on the draft Local Planning Strategy and draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) on 13 April 2018. During the consultation the City received feedback from hundreds of people from across our community. People attended and spoke at council meetings, organised neighbourhood meetings, spoke to their neighbours, met with Elected Members, wrote to the Minister, attended open days, spoke to the City's Planning Services team, signed petitions and more.

Thank you to everyone who engaged in this process.


The Minister for Planning and the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) required modifications to the City’s LPS5 and Local Planning Strategy, on Thursday 12 December 2019 and Friday 13 December respectively.

On Wednesday 18 December 2019 the Minister for Planning, Rita Saffioti, announced the required modifications to the City’s LPS5 and the Local Planning Strategy.

In a special meeting of Council, held on 6 January, called to consider the Minister’s determination on LPS5, the Council welcomed the removal of blanket density imposed by the Western Australian Planning Commission. However, Council’s view is that further modifications ordered by the Minister imposing high density zoning changes to small areas on Onslow Road and near the Shenton Park and Daglish train stations, are not the best outcome for the City or the affected residents. To read more please visit the City's homepage news item.


Local Planning Strategy outcome

  • The WAPC supported the identification and protection of character areas, around Daglish, Shenton Park and Subiaco. These areas highlight the unique history and character of Subiaco ensuring that new development positively contributes to the surrounding areas. This will be done with a focus on precinct planning rather than by investigation areas.
  • Precinct planning is a process of community consultation, research and investigation for a specific area to consider a range of detailed planning matters. Precinct planning can be used to inform planning policies and other statutory planning tools.
  • The WAPC showed overwhelming support for the City's strategy with only 14 minor or textual modifications reflecting the above.

LPS5 outcome

  • The Minister supported the City’s removal of blanket density from more than 1600 lots around Daglish and Shenton Park.
  • Just over 200 lots have retained higher densities. These are generally located near the Shenton Park and Daglish train stations and along Onslow Road.
  • The Minister supported the City’s proposed zoning of Hay Street east, which encourages mixed use development. Opportunities for residential and business growth will enhance the vibrancy of east Subiaco and provide better connections to West Perth.
  • The majority of density increase is planned for Subi East, the town centre, along Hay Street, on major roads and in activity centres – taking infill pressure off character and heritage areas.
  • The most significant change is to an area in the South West of Daglish which has been increased from R25 to R60.

How can I find out more?

Opportunity for further community consultation

The City's local planning policies are now being reviewed to align with LPS5. To find out more about this project please visit the project page.

The State Government has announced its decision on the City’s Local Planning Strategy (LPS) and Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5). The Minister for Planning has approved Local Planning Scheme No. 5 and it was published in the Government Gazette on 21 February 2020 at which time it took effect.

The City began consultation on the draft Local Planning Strategy and draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) on 13 April 2018. During the consultation the City received feedback from hundreds of people from across our community. People attended and spoke at council meetings, organised neighbourhood meetings, spoke to their neighbours, met with Elected Members, wrote to the Minister, attended open days, spoke to the City's Planning Services team, signed petitions and more.

Thank you to everyone who engaged in this process.


The Minister for Planning and the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) required modifications to the City’s LPS5 and Local Planning Strategy, on Thursday 12 December 2019 and Friday 13 December respectively.

On Wednesday 18 December 2019 the Minister for Planning, Rita Saffioti, announced the required modifications to the City’s LPS5 and the Local Planning Strategy.

In a special meeting of Council, held on 6 January, called to consider the Minister’s determination on LPS5, the Council welcomed the removal of blanket density imposed by the Western Australian Planning Commission. However, Council’s view is that further modifications ordered by the Minister imposing high density zoning changes to small areas on Onslow Road and near the Shenton Park and Daglish train stations, are not the best outcome for the City or the affected residents. To read more please visit the City's homepage news item.


Local Planning Strategy outcome

  • The WAPC supported the identification and protection of character areas, around Daglish, Shenton Park and Subiaco. These areas highlight the unique history and character of Subiaco ensuring that new development positively contributes to the surrounding areas. This will be done with a focus on precinct planning rather than by investigation areas.
  • Precinct planning is a process of community consultation, research and investigation for a specific area to consider a range of detailed planning matters. Precinct planning can be used to inform planning policies and other statutory planning tools.
  • The WAPC showed overwhelming support for the City's strategy with only 14 minor or textual modifications reflecting the above.

LPS5 outcome

  • The Minister supported the City’s removal of blanket density from more than 1600 lots around Daglish and Shenton Park.
  • Just over 200 lots have retained higher densities. These are generally located near the Shenton Park and Daglish train stations and along Onslow Road.
  • The Minister supported the City’s proposed zoning of Hay Street east, which encourages mixed use development. Opportunities for residential and business growth will enhance the vibrancy of east Subiaco and provide better connections to West Perth.
  • The majority of density increase is planned for Subi East, the town centre, along Hay Street, on major roads and in activity centres – taking infill pressure off character and heritage areas.
  • The most significant change is to an area in the South West of Daglish which has been increased from R25 to R60.

How can I find out more?

Opportunity for further community consultation

The City's local planning policies are now being reviewed to align with LPS5. To find out more about this project please visit the project page.

Thank you for your input during our consultation on the City’s Local Planning Strategy (LPS) and Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5). 

  • Community turns out to ask questions about LPS5

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    A Special Council Meeting was held on Wednesday 30 January 2019 to provide information about the Draft Local Planning Scheme No.5 (LPS 5) and draft Local Planning Strategy. Download the presentation slides and read more here.


  • Modified LPS5 now available

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    The City of Subiaco is recommending modifications to the advertised version of Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) in response to community feedback received last year. The modified LPS5 and Local Planning Strategy will be considered at a Special Council Meeting on 7 February. Read more here.

  • Local planning update: letter to community

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    The City of Subiaco has written to everyone who made a submission on the draft revised Local Planning Strategy and/or the draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) to provide an update and information on the next steps. Read more here.

  • Visit from Minister

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    A visit to Subiaco by the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, Minister for Planning, has confirmed the State’s willingness to work with the City of Subiaco on the next steps in its planning review. Mayor Penny Taylor took the Minister on a tour of the city on Tuesday 20 November 2018. Read more here.

  • Findings from LPS5 community consultation

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    The City of Subiaco has analysed more than 1000 comments on draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 and draft Local Planning Strategy. Many detailed, well-thought out and meaningful comments were provided and a number of key themes have been identified from the submissions

    The main issues raised by the community during the consultation period included the feel of our streets, the protection of heritage buildings and services to support population growth. Read more here.

  • Draft LPS5 - Where we're at now

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    The city has been providing regular updates about the draft Local Planning Strategy and draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 as we work through the statutory process. Read all about them here:

    LPS5: State supports Subi approach Friday 19 October 2018

    The State Government has once again confirmed it is willing to work with the city’s suggestions on LPS5 to get a scheme and strategy that aligns with the community’s expectations and meets the needs of a growing population.

    Local planning is an intricate, detailed and legislative process that affects every community member. The Subiaco community is currently working through this process for draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) and draft Local Planning Strategy.

    WAPC meeting next step for LPS5 Friday 28 September 2018

    The City of Subiaco will work with the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to ensure its draft local planning scheme delivers the best possible outcomes for the community.

    LPS 5: The numbers are in Friday 24 August 2018

    The City of Subiaco is in the process of reviewing feedback on draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS 5) and the draft Local Planning Strategy. 1041 submissions were received on draft LPS 5 and 306 submissions on the draft strategy. Thank-you to everyone who provided feedback on these important planning documents.
  • Consultation now closed

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    Public consultation on the city’s draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 and draft Local Planning Strategy was open from Friday 13 April until 5pm on Friday 13 July. The City of Subiaco would like to thank those who took part.

    During the consultation period, more than 500 community members attended open days to understand the proposed changes to the planning rules in their neighbourhoods. The city received hundreds of valuable responses and enquiries.

    For any queries please contact the Planning Team on shapeourcity@subiaco.wa.gov.au or 9237 9284.


  • Two weeks to go - letter to the community

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    There is now only two weeks to go until the draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 and draft Local Planning consultation closes on Friday 13 July and, if you haven't already, the city strongly encourages you to make a submission.

    Please see the letter to the community that has been shared by Mayor Penny Taylor and A/CEO Rochelle Lavery.

    Letter to the community.

  • Density targets for the City of Subiaco

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    As part of the local planning review process, the City of Subiaco must demonstrate how it will achieve density targets set out by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). Based on the city’s 2011 population data, we need to plan for at least 6140 new homes by 2050. This is a density of around 25 homes per hectare.

    According to the 2016 Census data, the City of Subiaco has made some progress in meeting these targets and now has 8440 homes, which is a density of about 15 homes per hectare. This means 684 new homes have been added between 2011 and 2016.

    But there’s more work to be done. We need to accommodate an additional 5456 homes by 2050.

    How will we reach this target? The city’s draft Local Planning Strategy and draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5), once finalised, will guide future planning decisions to achieve these targets. The city’s original proposal to the WAPC for LPS5 included the Subi East Redevelopment Area (Subiaco Oval and Princess Margaret Hospital Sites) and aimed to achieve 6140 new homes.

    The WAPC has proposed density increases to areas within walking distance to train stations and the Subi East Redevelopment Area is now under the planning control of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. The draft LPS5, as advertised with these modifications, would provide for 8970 additional dwellings, around 30 homes per hectare. This proposal exceeds the city’s density targets.

    Every local government is required to plan for an increasing population and the City of Subiaco is working towards a local approach to growth, rather than a one size fits all solution.

    In your opinion, how can the city reach its density targets while maintaining the character and sense of place unique to Subiaco? To make a submission on the draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 or draft Local Planning Strategy, click back to our main project page www.haveyoursay.subiaco.wa.gov.au/LPS

  • What is the most effective way to have your voice heard?

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    Making a submission to the City of Subiaco is the best way for you to influence future planning in Subiaco.

    There are many ways to get your opinion heard in regards to the draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS 5) and draft Local Planning Strategy (LPS). Including talking to your neighbours, attending an open day, signing a petition or contacting government officials but the most effective way to have your voice heard is by making a submission to the City of Subiaco. This can be done by completing our online surveys or directly contacting the city. For more information on how to do this please see the Have Your Say Subiaco project page. Please note: to make your submission valid you need to include your name and address.

    The city will collate all submissions received, carefully consider the issues raised and make a recommendation to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). The WAPC then makes a recommendation to the Minister for Planning for final determination of LPS 5 and this recommendation includes all submissions received. With regard to the LPS, the WAPC is the decision maker.

    You may write to the Minister for Planning or complete a petition separately but we highly encourage you to also make a submission to the city to ensure your views are taken into account by the Council and WAPC. Writing to the Minister for Planning alone will not count as a submission on the draft LPS 5 or the draft LPS.