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Planning legislation and documents

This page provides links to the relevant planning legislation and documents.

Development in the City of Stirling is controlled by the following planning documents:

Planning policies

The following policies have been adopted by the City under the Local Planning Scheme No. 3 or the Local Government Act.

Document nameDownloadable files
2.3 Bed and Breakfast Accommodation331.7KB (PDF)
2.4 Home Office, Home Occupation and Home Business291.8KB (PDF)
2.5 Parking of Commercial Vehicles247.6KB (PDF)
2.6 Residential Building Heights623.1KB (PDF)
2.8 Multiple Dwellings326.2KB (PDF)
3.1 Character Retention Guidelines - Mount Lawley, Menora, and Inglewood3.7MB (PDF)
3.2 Civic Precinct Residential Design Guidelines338.6KB (PDF)
3.4A ECU Design Guidelines Stage 1 and 21.4MB (PDF)
3.4B ECU Design Guidelines Stage 4789.5KB (PDF)
3.4C ECU Design Guidelines Stage 5653.7KB (PDF)
3.4D ECU Design Guidelines Stage 5B621.1KB (PDF)
3.6 Gwelup Design Guidelines415.9KB (PDF)
3.7 Montclair Design Guidelines338.6KB (PDF)
3.8 Northwood Grove438.8KB (PDF)
3.9 Ocean Boulevard Design Guidelines342.0KB (PDF)
3.10 Ocean Rise Design Guidelines347.9KB (PDF)
3.11 Princeton (Phase 1) Design Guidelines498.6KB (PDF)
3.12 Princeton (Phase 2) Design Guidelines545.7KB (PDF)
3.13 Roselea Estate Design Guidelines3.2MB (PDF)
3.14 Talia Gardens Design Guidelines318.3KB (PDF)
3.15 The Willows Design Guidelines418.6KB (PDF)
3.16 Willow Heights Design Guidelines382.6KB (PDF)
3.17 Stirling on Princeton Design Guidelines415.3KB (PDF)
3.18 Stirling Green Design Guidelines348.4KB (PDF)
4.1 Reserves and Other Zones Design Guidelines252.9KB (PDF)
4.2 Mixed Use and Commercial Centre Design Guidelines356.0KB (PDF)
4.3 Industrial Design Guidelines588.4KB (PDF)
4.4 Mixed Business Design Guidelines292.9KB (PDF)
4.5 Private Institution Design Guidelines307.2KB (PDF)
5.1 Stirling Civic Mixed Use Precinct Design Guidelines365.2KB (PDF)
5.3 Main Street Plaza Design Guidelines359.3KB (PDF)
5.7 Karrinyup Regional Centre Guidelines685.2KB (PDF)
5.8 Stirling City Centre Parking860.4KB (PDF)
5.9 Mirrabooka Town Centre Parking802.9KB (PDF)
6.1 Advertising Signs1.3MB (PDF)
6.2 Bicycle Parking311.4KB (PDF)
6.3 Bin Storage Areas250.3KB (PDF)
6.4 Child Day Care Centres260.0KB (PDF)
6.5 Developments and Subdivisions Abutting Rights of Way382.5KB (PDF)
6.6 Landscaping417.6KB (PDF)
6.7 Parking and Access1.6MB (PDF)
6.8 Satellite Dishes254.1KB (PDF)
6.9 Street Addressing331.3KB (PDF)
6.10 Renewable Energy Systems284.9KB (PDF)
6.11 Trees and Development Policy272.5KB (PDF)

Local development plans

Local development plans are planning tools used to provide specific design provisions in comparison to those specified in the residential design codes (R-codes).

Document nameDownloadable files
LDP The Village (HN2A Walter Road Inglewood)3.4MB (PDF)
LDP HN31 Gribble Road (HN30-HN40 Aachen Crescent Gwelup)802.1KB (PDF)
LDP Angelico Street (HN10 Sabina Street Woodlands)1.8MB (PDF)
LDP Beaufort Street30.8MB (PDF)
LDP Bethanie on the Park (HN2 Plantation Street Menora)4.5MB (PDF)
LDP Carine Vision - Precinct A (HN2 Gemstone Boulevard Carine)499.1KB (PDF)
LDP Carine Vision - Precinct B Lot 5 (HN3 Gemstone Boulevard Carine)592.6KB (PDF)
LDP Carine Vision - Precinct B Lot 6 (HN29 Silica Road Carine)1012.9KB (PDF)
LDP Carine Vision - Precinct C (HN322 Marmion Avenue Carine)2.1MB (PDF)
LDP Carine Vision - Precinct D (HN6 Gemstone Boulevard Carine)1.5MB (PDF)
LDP Deviot Park (HN38 Old Balcatta Road Gwelup)725.4KB (PDF)
LDP Elimatta Village (HN45 Alexander Drive Menora)3.5MB (PDF)
LDP HN2 Chieti Place and HN89 Gribble Road Gwelup836.0KB (PDF)
LDP HN2 Erindale Road Gwelup1.3MB (PDF)
LDP HN22 Dianella Drive Dianella3.7MB (PDF)
LDP Mirrabooka Town Centre108.8MB (PDF)
LDP Scarborough Beach Road West22.3MB (PDF)
LDP Seven Hills (HN7 Gay Street and HN15 Osborne Road Dianella)13.9MB (PDF)
LDP Siena Leadership Centre (HN33 Williamstown Road Doubleview)1.1MB (PDF)
LDP Stirling City Centre - Innaloo Precinct4.5MB (PDF)
LDP Stirling City Centre - Northern Precinct6.9MB (PDF)
LDP Stirling City Centre - Osborne Park Precinct3.0MB (PDF)
LDP Stirling City Centre - Southern Precinct8.1MB (PDF)
LDP Stirling City Centre - Station Precinct11.3MB (PDF)
LDP Stirling City Centre - Woodlands Precinct3.2MB (PDF)
LDP Thomas Mews Estate (HN459 and HN463 North Beach Road Gwelup)1.4MB (PDF)
LDP Tuart Hill Local Centre1.9MB (PDF)

Local structure plans

Strategies

Here you will find strategies.

Design WA - Apartment codes

Introduction of Design WA and the apartment codes

On 24 May 2019, the State Government introduced the ‘Design WA’ initiative aimed at ensuring good design is at the centre of all development in Western Australia. 

The City encourages residents and ratepayers to have a say in the planning proposals that shape your neighbourhood and our City.  This document provides an overview of the ‘Design WA’ initiative, and can be used by residents and ratepayers to comment on planning proposals for multiple dwellings (Apartments).

As part of this initiative, the following documents have come into effect:

  • State Planning Policy 7.0: Design of the Built Environment
  • State Planning Policy 7.3: Residential Design Codes Volume 2Apartments – the  ‘Apartment Codes’ replace Part 6 of the existing Residential Design Codes (R-Codes)
  • Design Review Guide.

These documents can be viewed on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.

In combination, these documents aim to improve the design outcomes of all forms of development by introducing 10 principles for good design against which development is to be assessed.  These ‘Design Principles’ are:

1.  Context and Character                              6.  Amenity

2.  Landscape Quality                                    7.  Legibility

3.  Built Form and Scale                                 8.  Safety

4.  Functionality and Build Quality                  9. Community

5. Sustainability                                            10.  Aesthetics

Design WA emphasises the importance of incorporating good design at an early stage in the development process and requires, in certain circumstances, that a ‘design statement’ be submitted.  This principle is reflected in the Design Review Guide, which recommends the use of ‘Design Review Panels’, whose role is to provide independent, expert design advice on development proposals.

The introduction of Design WA fundamentally changes the way development applications that proposed ‘Apartments’ are assessed and advertised.  The introduction of Design WA also means that some of the City’s planning requirements contained in Local Planning Policies and Local Development Plans have been over written by State Planning Policy 7.3: Residential Design Codes Volume 2 - Apartments.

To help residents and ratepayers understand the changes, and which requirements will be applied,  we have prepared the following documents to make clear what requirements apply when designing an apartment development.

Will the City advertise applications for 'Apartment' developments?

The City encourages residents and ratepayers to have a say in the planning proposals that shape your neighbourhood and our City.  

Because the way that Apartments developments are to be assessed has changed, the City will advertise all of these applications. Previously the City only advertised a development application if a ‘performance based’ assessment was needed, which, in the opinion of the City, may have had an impact on the amenity of an adjoining property owner/s.

To help you understand the process of consultation, the City has prepared an information sheet titled ‘Consultation on Planning Proposals’. This document can be viewed on the City’s website and provides guidance for making a submission to a planning proposal.

We have also prepared the following document to help residents and ratepayers make comments to proposed Apartment development application.

The Apartment Codes contains more than 30 design elements, and each of these design elements has their own ‘intent’ and ‘element objective’ against which Apartment developments will be assessed. To assist you in writing your submission and ensuring your submission addresses the ‘element objectives’, all 30 design elements with the associated objectives are listed on the following document.

This will help you understand the factors against which a decision maker, being either the City of Stirling, the Western Australian Planning Commission, the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel, or the State Administrative Tribunal, will assess a development application for Apartments.

Apartment codes consultation form

What are the changes to how the City assess 'Apartment' developments?

Before the Apartment Codes came into effect, there were two avenues by which Apartments were assessed, the first being a ‘deemed-to-comply’ pathway (which means that if you met these deemed-to-comply requirements, your application ought to be approved because the R-Codes states that ‘the decision-maker shall not refuse to grant approval to an application where the application satisfies the deemed-to-comply provisions of the R-Codes’. The second pathway was that the City, through the assessment process, could undertake a ‘design principle’ assessment (which means that an applicant had to be able to demonstrate why their design was acceptable). 

The previous approach to Apartment developments meant that the R-Codes did not always deliver good design outcomes.

The new approach is a primarily a ‘performance based’ approach, where applications for Apartment developments need to demonstrate that the design of the development meets the objectives of the each of the design elements of the Apartment Codes.

To assist applicants with their design, the Apartment Codes lists ‘Acceptable Outcomes’ which, if met, may mean that a design meets the objectives of the Apartment Codes. However, these are not a ‘deemed-to-comply’ pathway and the development proposals will be assessed in context of the entire Apartment building design to ensure the objectives of each of the design elements are achieved.

What is the role of the Design Review Panel in the assessment process?

Council introduced the City of Stirling Design Review Panel on 24 January 2019 before Design WA came into effect on 24 May 2019. The following types of development application may be referred to the Design Review Panel:

  • Development Applications valued at $2 million (with some exceptions):
  • Multiple Dwelling applications equal to or greater than 10 dwellings,
  • Preliminary development proposals located within the City, where referred by the Manager Development Services.

The referral of development applications to the Design Review Panel, including requests for Pre Development Application advice, is at the discretion of the Manager Development Services.  More information on how the Design Review Panel operates can be obtained by contacting the City’s Senior Development Engagement Officer on (08) 9205 8555.

The following is a summary of the relevant planning legislation that provide a legislative framework for decision making on approvals issued by the City of Stirling:

For more information, please visit the Western Australian Legislation website.

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