Local Planning Policies - Reviews and Development

The City is undertaking a review of its Local Planning Policies and related Council Policies.

The review seeks to update the City’s administrative, issue and area-specific policies to ensure they are relevant and facilitate appropriate community views and development outcomes. These reviews will also meet current legislative requirements.

The City will be inviting submissions for all newly drafted or amended local planning policies for a minimum of 21 days as they are developed and approved by the Council for community engagement purposes.

This site provides all notices of drafted and amended policies, information on the status of policies and provides you with the opportunity to give feedback.


Community input provides valuable information to assist the Council in making decisions to approve the policies.

How can you get involved, find out more or provide feedback?

If not already registered, please use the "Register to be involved" tab at the top of this page. This ensures your submission will be recorded. You can:

  • Read the documents relevant to each policy review in the document library.
  • Read the FAQs to find out more about the proposals and the process for review.
  • For further clarification, please use the Ask Us a Question tab below.
  • Contact the relevant Planning Officer if you have any questions.
  • View a hard copy of the proposed policies at the City’s Administration, 71 Stirling Highway, Nedlands (corner Smyth Road).

To make a submission:

  • Online: complete the online submission relevant to the policy you are commenting on (including uploading attachments).
  • Email: council@nedlands.wa.gov.au
  • Mail: Post to City of Nedlands, PO Box 9, Nedlands WA 6909.

Remember to visit this page to stay updated on the progress of policy progresses.

The City is undertaking a review of its Local Planning Policies and related Council Policies.

The review seeks to update the City’s administrative, issue and area-specific policies to ensure they are relevant and facilitate appropriate community views and development outcomes. These reviews will also meet current legislative requirements.

The City will be inviting submissions for all newly drafted or amended local planning policies for a minimum of 21 days as they are developed and approved by the Council for community engagement purposes.

This site provides all notices of drafted and amended policies, information on the status of policies and provides you with the opportunity to give feedback.


Community input provides valuable information to assist the Council in making decisions to approve the policies.

How can you get involved, find out more or provide feedback?

If not already registered, please use the "Register to be involved" tab at the top of this page. This ensures your submission will be recorded. You can:

  • Read the documents relevant to each policy review in the document library.
  • Read the FAQs to find out more about the proposals and the process for review.
  • For further clarification, please use the Ask Us a Question tab below.
  • Contact the relevant Planning Officer if you have any questions.
  • View a hard copy of the proposed policies at the City’s Administration, 71 Stirling Highway, Nedlands (corner Smyth Road).

To make a submission:

  • Online: complete the online submission relevant to the policy you are commenting on (including uploading attachments).
  • Email: council@nedlands.wa.gov.au
  • Mail: Post to City of Nedlands, PO Box 9, Nedlands WA 6909.

Remember to visit this page to stay updated on the progress of policy progresses.

  • Submissions Closed

    13 days ago
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    The submission period is now closed, thank you to everyone who has participated.

    Submissions will now be summarised and collated, with the updated policies and recommendations being represented to Council in July.

    Should you have any queries, you can still email council@nedlands.wa.gov.au or phone the City on 9273 3500 and ask to speak to a Planner.

    The submission period is now closed, thank you to everyone who has participated.

    Submissions will now be summarised and collated, with the updated policies and recommendations being represented to Council in July.

    Should you have any queries, you can still email council@nedlands.wa.gov.au or phone the City on 9273 3500 and ask to speak to a Planner.

  • Council approves a range of planning policies

    about 1 month ago
    Meeting

    The Council at a Special Meeting on the 2 May 2019 resolved to:

    • Prepare and advertise a range of policies for community feedback. These include residential development, parking, heritage, child care premises, State Administrative Tribunal processes and procedures, refunding/waiving of fees, planning and compliance and signs.
    • Adopt the policies resulting from community feedback for consultation of planning proposal and exempt development.
    • Adopt a range of policies without consultation
    • Revoke a number of Local Planning Policies and Planning Council Policies as they are no longer relevant following the introduction of LPS3.

    The report to Council can...

    The Council at a Special Meeting on the 2 May 2019 resolved to:

    • Prepare and advertise a range of policies for community feedback. These include residential development, parking, heritage, child care premises, State Administrative Tribunal processes and procedures, refunding/waiving of fees, planning and compliance and signs.
    • Adopt the policies resulting from community feedback for consultation of planning proposal and exempt development.
    • Adopt a range of policies without consultation
    • Revoke a number of Local Planning Policies and Planning Council Policies as they are no longer relevant following the introduction of LPS3.

    The report to Council can be found on the City's website under Council/Agendas, Minutes and Reports.

  • Community feedback sought

    about 1 month ago
    Have your say

    At the Special Council Meeting on the 2 May 2019 Council resolved to seek community feedback on the draft policies which follow.

    Your feedback is sought on the draft policies. You can find a copy of each policy in the document library.

    Please complete the submission form if you intend to provide feedback.


    Residential Development

    • The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance and supplementary requirements to Local Planning Scheme 3 (LPS 3) and State Planning Policy 7.3 Residential Design Codes Volume 1 (R-Codes Vol.1) in relation to single and grouped dwelling development within the City of Nedlands....

    At the Special Council Meeting on the 2 May 2019 Council resolved to seek community feedback on the draft policies which follow.

    Your feedback is sought on the draft policies. You can find a copy of each policy in the document library.

    Please complete the submission form if you intend to provide feedback.


    Residential Development

    • The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance and supplementary requirements to Local Planning Scheme 3 (LPS 3) and State Planning Policy 7.3 Residential Design Codes Volume 1 (R-Codes Vol.1) in relation to single and grouped dwelling development within the City of Nedlands. It is also to ensure consistent assessment and decision-making in the application of the LPS 3 and R-Codes Vol. 1.

    Parking

    • The purpose of this policy is to define standards for parking, vehicle access and parking facilities to ensure developments are constructed to a high standard and managed to reduce any potential detrimental impacts to the surrounding area; and encourage the provision of services that enable and promote alternative modes of transport (including cycling, walking, public transport and motorcycles) and adaptability to changes in technology.

    Heritage

    • The purpose of this policy is to encourage the retention, maintenance and upgrade of the City’s historic buildings.

    Child Care Premises
    • This policy provides development standards relating to the location, siting and design of Child care premises, and sets out matters the City will have regard to in considering an application for development approval.

    State Administrative Tribunal – Process and Procedures
    • This policy prescribes the procedures by which Councillors and the City’s Administration shall deal with applications for review made to the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).

    Refunding / Waiving Fees
    • This policy outlines the circumstances where the City, may refund or waive development application fees charged in accordance with the Planning and Development Regulations 2009.

    Planning Compliance

    • The purpose of the Policy is to provide guidance for the Development Compliance process to be undertaken by the City including:

    1. Establishing a consistent and transparent approach for planning compliance;
    2. Outlining the process for assessment of complaints of unlawful activity, land use or structures to determine when further investigation and/or action is required;
    3. Outlining the City’s options for dealing with unlawful activity; and
    4. Establishing circumstances where further enforcement action is warranted.

    Signs

    • The purpose of this policy is to establish the requirements which apply to signs and to provide guidance when determining development applications for signs.


    The above policies are also available for viewing at the City of Nedlands' administration building, both City libraries.


    Closing date for submissions is 8 June 2019. The City looks forward to receiving your feedback.
  • Council revokes planning policies

    about 1 month ago
    Council meeting

    The Council at its Special meeting on 2 May approved for the following policies to be revoked in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 Schedule 2, Part 2, Clause 6:

    Local Planning Policies

    • Cash in Lieu of Car Parking
    • Two Grouped Dwellings in Dual Coded Areas
    • Road Widening (Stirling Highway)
    • Cash in lieu of Car Parking – Government Road
    • Listed Heritage Places – Demolition Policy
    • Intensification of Residential Density
    • Reduction of Front Setbacks
    • Carports and Minor Structures Forward of the Primary Street Setback
    • Local Planning...

    The Council at its Special meeting on 2 May approved for the following policies to be revoked in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 Schedule 2, Part 2, Clause 6:

    Local Planning Policies

    • Cash in Lieu of Car Parking
    • Two Grouped Dwellings in Dual Coded Areas
    • Road Widening (Stirling Highway)
    • Cash in lieu of Car Parking – Government Road
    • Listed Heritage Places – Demolition Policy
    • Intensification of Residential Density
    • Reduction of Front Setbacks
    • Carports and Minor Structures Forward of the Primary Street Setback
    • Local Planning Policy: Sea Containers

    Planning Council Policies

    • Development Approvals: Minimum Requirements
    • Domestic Receiving Dishes
    • Encroachments on to Rights of Way
    • Heritage Advice for Owners of Places of Significance
    • Home Business
    • Neighbour Consultation – Development Applications
    • Refund of Planning Fees for Places of Heritage Significance
    • Retention of Existing Dwelling During Construction of New Dwelling
    • State Administrative Tribunal - Response to Appeals
    The purpose of revoking the policies is due to the implementation of the new Local Planning Scheme No. 3.
  • Council adopts a range of policies

    about 1 month ago
    Decision

    The Council at its meeting on adopt without consultation, in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 Schedule 2, Part 2, Clause 5, the following Local Planning Policies.

    • Swanbourne Design Guidelines A
    • Swanbourne Design Guidelines B
    • Hollywood Design Guidelines
    • Allen Park Residential Estate Design Standard For Lots 11 To 17 Clement Street And Lots 18 To 25 North Streets, Swanbourne
    • St Peters Square Design Guidelines
    • Old Swanbourne Hospital Precinct
    • Subdivision Policy
    • Ancillary Accommodation Local Planning Policy
    • Fill and Fencing Local Planning Policy
    • Landscaping...

    The Council at its meeting on adopt without consultation, in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 Schedule 2, Part 2, Clause 5, the following Local Planning Policies.

    • Swanbourne Design Guidelines A
    • Swanbourne Design Guidelines B
    • Hollywood Design Guidelines
    • Allen Park Residential Estate Design Standard For Lots 11 To 17 Clement Street And Lots 18 To 25 North Streets, Swanbourne
    • St Peters Square Design Guidelines
    • Old Swanbourne Hospital Precinct
    • Subdivision Policy
    • Ancillary Accommodation Local Planning Policy
    • Fill and Fencing Local Planning Policy
    • Landscaping – Local Planning Policy
    Please visit the website to view these policies.

    The purpose of not undertaking consultation is these polices are current and are still applicable under the new Local Planning Scheme No. 3.
  • Policies adopted by Council

    about 1 month ago
    Gavel

    The Council at its meeting adopted the following policies in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 Schedule 2, Part 2, Clause 4, following the presentation of these for community feedback.

    • Consultation of Planning Proposals
    • Exempt Development

    An approved policies can be found on the City's website under Planning Services/Policies.

    The Council at its meeting adopted the following policies in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 Schedule 2, Part 2, Clause 4, following the presentation of these for community feedback.

    • Consultation of Planning Proposals
    • Exempt Development

    An approved policies can be found on the City's website under Planning Services/Policies.

  • Draft Local Planning Policy – Consultation and Notification of Planning Proposals

    about 1 month ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
    Hands

    The City has developed a draft Local Planning Policy which sets out the consultation and notification of planning proposals for your comment. Please see the document library to view the draft policy.

    The intent of the draft Policy is to provide transparency and clarity regarding when and how the City undertakes community consultation or notification of planning proposals. The draft Policy specifies what forms, and under what circumstances various planning proposals will be advertised, and the methods used when engaging with the community.

    Please complete the submission form to provide your feedback by 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019.

    The City has developed a draft Local Planning Policy which sets out the consultation and notification of planning proposals for your comment. Please see the document library to view the draft policy.

    The intent of the draft Policy is to provide transparency and clarity regarding when and how the City undertakes community consultation or notification of planning proposals. The draft Policy specifies what forms, and under what circumstances various planning proposals will be advertised, and the methods used when engaging with the community.

    Please complete the submission form to provide your feedback by 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019.
  • Draft Policy: Proceedings before the State Administrative Tribunal

    about 1 month ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    The City has developed a local planning policy in relation to proceedings before the State Administrative Tribunal and is now available for comment.

    The Policy prescribes the procedures by which Councillors and the City’s Administration shall deal with applications for review made to the State Administrative Tribunal.

    Please see the document library to view the draft policy and complete the submission form.

    To provide your comments, please complete the submission form by 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019.

    The City has developed a local planning policy in relation to proceedings before the State Administrative Tribunal and is now available for comment.

    The Policy prescribes the procedures by which Councillors and the City’s Administration shall deal with applications for review made to the State Administrative Tribunal.

    Please see the document library to view the draft policy and complete the submission form.

    To provide your comments, please complete the submission form by 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019.
  • Draft Local Planning Policy - Exempt Development - Submissions Closed

    about 1 month ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
    Decision pending

    The advertising period for the proposed policy on exempt development has concluded.

    The draft policy will now be presented at a Council meeting following the placement of the Minister of Planning's approval of the Local Planning Scheme in the Government Gazette.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this project.

    The advertising period for the proposed policy on exempt development has concluded.

    The draft policy will now be presented at a Council meeting following the placement of the Minister of Planning's approval of the Local Planning Scheme in the Government Gazette.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this project.

  • Draft Policy - Exempt Development

    about 1 month ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    The City is inviting feedback on draft Local Planning Policy – Exempt Development (please see the document library) until 2 February 2019. Please send an email to council@nedlands.wa.gov.au or write to PO Box 9, Nedlands, WA. 6909.

    The policy’s purpose is to specify the circumstances where development will be exempt from requiring development approval. Its intent is to reduce instances where the City receives a development application for structures that have no detrimental impact on the amenity of the locality. The policy elaborates on developments exempt under the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes).

    This policy has...

    The City is inviting feedback on draft Local Planning Policy – Exempt Development (please see the document library) until 2 February 2019. Please send an email to council@nedlands.wa.gov.au or write to PO Box 9, Nedlands, WA. 6909.

    The policy’s purpose is to specify the circumstances where development will be exempt from requiring development approval. Its intent is to reduce instances where the City receives a development application for structures that have no detrimental impact on the amenity of the locality. The policy elaborates on developments exempt under the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes).

    This policy has been developed because the City regularly receives development applications for developments that are unlikely to have any significant impact on local amenity due to their location, scale and nature.

    It includes provisions relating to the following developments:

    • Animal enclosures
    • Garden ornaments
    • Screen walls and fencing
    • External fixtures – solar panels
    • External fixtures – satellite dishes
    • Flagpoles and flags
    • Fill and retaining
    • Permanent outdoor cooking facilities
    • Gatehouses
    • Shade sails
    • Street walls, piers and fences
    • Non-residential external building alterations
    • Pool pump sheds
    • Carports
    • Cubby houses


    Please visit the City's website to view the report (Item PD62.18, page 61 of the PDF) and Minutes (PD62.18 pg 31 of the PDF) in relation to this proposal.

    A hard copy of the policy is also available at the Mt Claremont and Nedlands libraries and the City's Administration Centre, 71 Stirling Highway, Nedlands.

    Submission closing date: 2 February 2019.

    Planning Officer: James Fletcher