Rokeby Road South precinct planning

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Project update - Streetscape Masterplan

The Rokeby Road South Streetscape Masterplan was approved at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 24 August 2021. The masterplan addresses safety issues on Rokeby Road between Bagot Road and Thomas Street, while also enhancing the existing character and amenity of the precinct.

The City sought further advice from Main Roads WA and the Road Safety commission to make modifications to the draft masterplan in response to matters raised by the community. Read more on the City's website.

Project update - Local Development Plan

The Rokeby Road South Local Development Plan was referred to the Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 23 March 2021. Final approval was granted by the Western Australian Planning Commission for specific elements of the plan on 20 April 2021. The LDP was subsequently approved and published on the City's website on 7 May 2021.

About this project

The City of Subiaco understands that good urban design is a balancing act and is committed to undertaking detailed precinct planning in key areas in the City of Subiaco, including Rokeby Road South. In this case the precinct planning process will result in two documents, one to govern the design of the public realm, and another to control the development of private land.

The draft Rokeby Road South Streetscape Masterplan will be used to guide the detailed design upgrade of the streetscape, to improve safety for all road users and enhance the existing character of the precinct. This will include tree placement, intersection design, footpaths, street parking and street furniture.

The Local Development Plan (LDP) deals with the design of buildings on private land. The LDP sets out a customised set of maximum height limits, minimum setbacks and other detailed design guidance for the precinct.

Both the LDP and Streetscape Masterplan were prepared on the basis of a thorough investigation, which included engagement with local businesses, land owners and the local community. A comprehensive planning study of the precinct and its context, and extensive internal and external engagement were also key elements of the development of these draft plans.

For the Streetscape Masterplan, two workshops were held with a community working group. The first workshop was held on 29 November 2017 and was focused on the key ideas and concepts that the group felt the masterplan should address.

The second workshop was held on 5 February 2018 and was used to review the first draft of the masterplan. Further changes were made as a result of the feedback from the second workshop and has resulted in the current version of the Masterplan.

For the LDP, the Urban Design Forum consultation outcomes report (17.9MB) was completed in March 2019 and the urban analysis Rokeby Road South Built Form Study (51.6MB) was completed in May 2019.

The City and Hassell then commenced the process of preparing a draft LDP. A preliminary draft was presented to the City’s Design Review Panel in August 2019 and was subjected to extensive engagement with officers of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Public consultation on the draft Streetscape Masterplan and the draft LDP was undertaken concurrently, and concluded on Friday 20 November 2020. Please read the documents in the document library and see the video or the FAQs for more information.


What's next

An updated draft Streetscape Masterplan is now available in the project document library.

Once complete the Streetscape Masterplan and LDP will provide a holistic vision and detailed design guidance for the future of Rokeby Road South. This will ensure that streetscape upgrades and development projects work together to enhance the elements that people love about the area.

Project update - Streetscape Masterplan

The Rokeby Road South Streetscape Masterplan was approved at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 24 August 2021. The masterplan addresses safety issues on Rokeby Road between Bagot Road and Thomas Street, while also enhancing the existing character and amenity of the precinct.

The City sought further advice from Main Roads WA and the Road Safety commission to make modifications to the draft masterplan in response to matters raised by the community. Read more on the City's website.

Project update - Local Development Plan

The Rokeby Road South Local Development Plan was referred to the Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 23 March 2021. Final approval was granted by the Western Australian Planning Commission for specific elements of the plan on 20 April 2021. The LDP was subsequently approved and published on the City's website on 7 May 2021.

About this project

The City of Subiaco understands that good urban design is a balancing act and is committed to undertaking detailed precinct planning in key areas in the City of Subiaco, including Rokeby Road South. In this case the precinct planning process will result in two documents, one to govern the design of the public realm, and another to control the development of private land.

The draft Rokeby Road South Streetscape Masterplan will be used to guide the detailed design upgrade of the streetscape, to improve safety for all road users and enhance the existing character of the precinct. This will include tree placement, intersection design, footpaths, street parking and street furniture.

The Local Development Plan (LDP) deals with the design of buildings on private land. The LDP sets out a customised set of maximum height limits, minimum setbacks and other detailed design guidance for the precinct.

Both the LDP and Streetscape Masterplan were prepared on the basis of a thorough investigation, which included engagement with local businesses, land owners and the local community. A comprehensive planning study of the precinct and its context, and extensive internal and external engagement were also key elements of the development of these draft plans.

For the Streetscape Masterplan, two workshops were held with a community working group. The first workshop was held on 29 November 2017 and was focused on the key ideas and concepts that the group felt the masterplan should address.

The second workshop was held on 5 February 2018 and was used to review the first draft of the masterplan. Further changes were made as a result of the feedback from the second workshop and has resulted in the current version of the Masterplan.

For the LDP, the Urban Design Forum consultation outcomes report (17.9MB) was completed in March 2019 and the urban analysis Rokeby Road South Built Form Study (51.6MB) was completed in May 2019.

The City and Hassell then commenced the process of preparing a draft LDP. A preliminary draft was presented to the City’s Design Review Panel in August 2019 and was subjected to extensive engagement with officers of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Public consultation on the draft Streetscape Masterplan and the draft LDP was undertaken concurrently, and concluded on Friday 20 November 2020. Please read the documents in the document library and see the video or the FAQs for more information.


What's next

An updated draft Streetscape Masterplan is now available in the project document library.

Once complete the Streetscape Masterplan and LDP will provide a holistic vision and detailed design guidance for the future of Rokeby Road South. This will ensure that streetscape upgrades and development projects work together to enhance the elements that people love about the area.

  • Approved Local Development Plan published

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    The following was featured in the Subiaco Scene of 8 May 2021.

    It is hereby notified for public information, in accordance with clause 55 of Schedule 2 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 that the Rokeby Road South Local Development Plan (LDP) is approved and published.

    You can view the published LDP on the City's website: www.subiaco.wa.gov.au/Planning-and-development/planning/local-planning-controls-and-policies

  • Draft Rokeby Road South Local Planning Development Plan gets green light

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    The City has been working on plans to coordinate future development of the southern end of Rokeby Road with Council approving the draft Local Development Plan (LDP) at its Ordinary Council Meeting on 23 March 2021.

    Modifications were made to the draft LDP in response to matters raised in submissions from the community, including further consideration of heritage-related matters.

    The City will now seek final approval for specific elements of the plan from the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC)

    For more information, see the News story on the City's website.

  • Draft Local Development Plan to be referred to Council

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    The Rokeby Road South draft Local Development Plan will be on the agenda at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 23 March 2021.

    A Council Briefing Forum will be held on 16 March 2021 in the Council Chambers commencing at 5:00pm. This briefing forum is open to members of the public to observe only. Copies of the Briefing Forum agenda, including administration’s recommendations, and attachments are available for viewing on the City’s website www.subiaco.wa.gov.au

    Ordinary Council Meetings are open to the public and provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions or make statements. Community members are welcome to attend the meeting on 23 March 2021. Guidelines for the asking of questions and making a statement are available on the City’s website at: https://www.subiaco.wa.gov.au/Your-council/Council-meetings/Attending-a-meeting-of-council

    Please submit any questions or statements in writing to the Chief Executive Officer prior to 5:00pm on the day before the meeting, by email to city@subiaco.wa.gov.au or hand delivered to the City’s Administration office. The final Council meeting agenda will be available on the City’s website from Friday 19 March 2021.

  • Have your say on the future development of Rokeby Road South

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    The City of Subiaco is working on two plans to coordinate future development of the southern end of Rokeby Road.

    The State Government has identified the precinct for urban growth – and the City must investigate how to facilitate this.

    Two plans have been prepared to help achieve this: the draft Streetscape Masterplan and draft Local Development Plan.

    These were developed with extensive community input, including an urban design forum, community working group, community and stakeholder workshops and studies of the precinct.

    The streetscape masterplan looks at how the public realm can be enhanced - including road safety, street furniture, public art and pedestrian priority.

    The development plan considers private land and looks at building height, set back requirements, design standards and more.

    Both plans aim to complement and enhance the special character that already exists in the area.

    The proposed plans are now open for comment - see the 'Surveys and Forms' tab. Please provide your feedback before 5pm, Friday 20 November.

  • Council decision - next step

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    The Draft Local Development Plan for Rokeby Road South was considered by Council at its meeting held on 23 June 2020.

    At the meeting, Council resolved the following:

    1. Pursuant to Schedule 2, Part 6 – Local Development Plans of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, the draft Rokeby Road South Local Development Plan (Attachment 1) is prepared and publicly advertised concurrently with the draft Rokeby Road Streetscape Masterplan for a minimum of 28 days.

    2. In relation to the draft Rokeby Road South Local Development Plan, pursuant to clauses 1.2.3 and 1.2.4 of State Planning Policy 7.3 Residential Design Codes Volume 2 – Apartments, Western Australian Planning Commission approval is sought to:

    a. amend or replace the acceptable outcomes for the following sections of the Residential Design Codes Volume 2 – Apartments;

    1. 3.3 Tree canopy and deep soil areas;
    2. 3.5 Visual privacy;
    3. 3.9 Car and bicycle parking;
    4. 4.4 Private open space and balconies;
    5. 4.7 Managing the impact of noise; and
    6. 4.12 Landscape design.

    b. to augment the Residential Design Codes Volume 2 – Apartments with objectives to guide judgement about the merits of proposals relating to the following aspects of apartment development required by local context:

    1. Vertical Land Use Permissibility; and
    2. Movement Network - Laneway Widening. The provisions proposed to be amended or replaced will be subject to further Council consideration before they are finalised and come into effect.


    A full copy of the minutes of the meeting, the Council report and attachments are now available on the City’s website.

    Next step

    The draft Local Development Plan will be advertised concurrently with the Draft Streetscape Masterplan for Rokeby Road South.

    Should you wish to discuss this matter further, please contact the City’s Planning Services on city@subiaco.wa.gov.au or call (08) 9237 9222.

  • Council meeting 23 June 2020

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    The next step of this project will be considered at the ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday 23 June 2020. The meeting agenda and all supporting attachments and documentation are now available to download from the City’s website here.

    It is proposed that the draft Local Development Plan will be advertised concurrently with the draft Rokeby Road South Streetscape Masterplan for public comment.