Decision on Local Planning Scheme No. 3

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has instructed the City of Nedlands to accept a modified version of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3, pulling back on approximately 25 per cent of the areas the WA Planning Commission had advertised to be re-zoned for higher density development.

It comes after Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins, Acting CEO Lorraine Driscoll and City planning staff met with the Minister and WAPC Chairman David Caddy yesterday.

“The City has always been open to negotiating with the government to represent the views of the Nedlands community,” Mrs Driscoll said.

“We have been told they wish to work with us to provide a greater degree of housing diversity and choice within the City of Nedlands and have concentrated density increases predominantly along the Stirling Highway Corridor”.

“When aligned with the soon-to-be-released Design WA State Planning Policy, the eventual development outcomes will be required to be of a high quality.” 

The City has been advised it will be sent correspondence formally requesting a modified version of the scheme, which needs to be sent back to the Minister’s office within 42 days in accordance with the Local Planning Schemes (Regulations) 2015. 

The final version of the scheme will then be gazetted and is likely to be fully operational by April 2019. Further details will be available at Your Voice Nedlands in due course.

The City of Nedlands will then embark on consultation with the community, so it fully understands the implications of having a new planning scheme.