City of Gosnells plans changes to planning, zoning and land use

City of Gosnells plans changes to planning, zoning and land use

THE City of Gosnells will advertise important changes to planning, zoning and land use for public comment.

The Local Planning Strategy and Local Planning Scheme 24 (LPS 24) advertisements will include input from agencies such as the WA Planning Commission (WAPC).

LPS 24 contains a number of changes from the old Town Planning Scheme, most notably the rezoning of the majority of Orange Grove and Martin from ‘Rural’ to ‘Rural Residential’.

The re-zoning follows Orange Grove residents’ anger over the Joint Development Assessment Panel’s (JDAP) decision to approve construction of a place of worship in the area, despite the City of Gosnells blocking it previously.

As a result, a number of new use and development classes will be introduced to strengthen planning controls and limit development of rural residential land for non-rural uses.

City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said the re-zoning would restrict the type of developments in areas such as Orange Grove and Martin.

“Unlike the current ‘Rural’ zoning, the ‘Rural Residential’ zoning in the new scheme will protect the rural amenity of these areas for existing residents by limiting uses such as places of worship, rural industry and intensive agriculture,” she said.

“This is in direct response to residents’ requests to limit inappropriate development in their suburbs and preserve their valued rural lifestyles.”

The new Local Planning Strategy will set a long-term direction for the City and provide the rationale for zoning or classification of land.

LPS 24 will then act as the main planning tool which controls land use and development, including zoning.

The draft Local Planning Strategy will be sent to the WAPC for certification before it is released for public consultation.

Meanwhile, the draft LPS 24 will be referred to the Heritage Council, the Environmental Protection Authority and the WAPC for review before its release for public consultation.

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