MAJOR changes have been proposed for the City of Subiaco in its new draft Local Planning Scheme (LPS), with mayor Penny Taylor urging residents to make a submission.
Released today, LPS No. 5 includes increased density within 800 metres of Shenton Park and Daglish train stations, with some blocks zoned R100 to permit four-storey developments.
Density would largely stay the same further out from stations to preserve character and heritage.
There would also be changes to land zoning along Rokeby Road between Bagot and Nicholson Roads to mixed-use R80, allowing five-storey developments.
Chief executive Don Burnett said the draft documents were adopted by council in August last year and sent to the State Government for feedback.
“The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) has proposed higher density around Daglish and Shenton Park train stations,” Mr Burnett said.
“These densities are significantly higher than what was originally planned by the city and we are now seeking feedback to see if these changes meet the community’s expectations.”
Ms Taylor said making a submission was the best way to ensure the future of Subiaco was determined by residents, and urged all locals to examine the proposed changes and how they could affect their neighbourhood.
“The more feedback we get from residents, the more weight the city’s response has,” she said.
“The challenge for our city is meeting the needs of a growing population without compromising character, heritage, green space or Subiaco’s unique offering.”
Following the consultation period, all community responses and a council recommendation will be sent to the State Government; the WAPC is responsible for approving the strategy and the Planning Minister will have the final say.
The City of Nedlands recently received more than 1000 submissions on its draft scheme.
Residents and ratepayers can comment on two documents from today – the draft LPS and draft Local Planning Strategy.
The LPS regulates zoning, density and other development requirements, while the strategy sets out the long-term vision and objectives for land use planning in the city.
Locals can expect information in the mail next week and can check proposed changes to precincts; ten information sessions will also be held.
To view the drafts, scheme map and make a comment, visit haveyoursay.subiaco.wa.gov.au.
The deadline for responses is Friday, July 13.
The Subiaco Redevelopment Area, including Subiaco Oval, Princess Margaret Hospital and residential land north of Subiaco Road is not subject to the draft LPS, with control in the hands of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.