The City of Belmont is reviewing its Local Planning Strategy (inclusive of associated Sub-Strategies) and Local Planning Scheme No. 15. The Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 require local governments to review their Local Planning Scheme every five years.
The City is required to prepare and submit a ‘Report of Review’ to the Western Australian Planning Commission by February 2021. The Report will make recommendations as to whether the existing Local Planning Strategy and Local Planning Scheme No. 15 are (i) satisfactory in their existing form; or (ii) should be amended; or (iii) should be replaced by a new Local Planning Strategy and Local Planning Scheme. Following the Western Australian Planning Commission’s endorsement of the Report’s recommendation, the City will commence work on the Local Planning Strategy and Local Planning Scheme.
At this stage, the City is currently reviewing its sub-planning strategies that support the overarching Local Planning Strategy. It is expected that the review of these sub-planning strategies will help inform the City’s recommendations in the Report of Review.
Local Planning Strategy
The Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 require local governments to prepare a Local Planning Strategy for each Local Planning Scheme in operation within the district.
The overarching Local Planning Strategy is required to:
- Set out the long-term planning directions for the local government;
- Apply relevant state or regional planning policy; and
- Provide the rationale for zoning or classification of land under the Local Planning Scheme.
To support the Local Planning Strategy, the City of Belmont is currently preparing the following four sub-planning strategies:
- Local Housing Strategy;
- Activity Centres Planning Strategy;
- Public Open Space Strategy;
- Environmental Planning Strategy.
Local Planning Scheme
The Local Planning Scheme is the principal statutory planning tool for controlling land use and development within a local government area, in accordance with the strategic vision established in by the Local Planning Strategy.