Urban planning

Development of our growing City is managed through plans, policies and rules under the Western Australian planning system. The City is committed to creating liveable communities and places through strategic land use planning. 

How is the City planning for urban growth?

  • A Local Planning Strategy is essentially a ‘road map’ of the future growth directions for the City. The Local Planning Strategy is intended to guide future decisions in relation to rezoning, residential density changes and funding for future services and infrastructure.

    The City of Stirling's draft Local Planning Strategy provides guidance and direction to ensure coordinated and responsive land use planning across the City. It is intended to provide the strategic basis for current and future local planning schemes, as well as guide and manage future development in the City. It is a statutory document and provides a link between state and regional strategic planning policies and local interests.

    If future development within the City isn't suitably planned, population growth and increased commercial opportunities could have a detrimental impact on the City and its residents. However, with the necessary planning measures in place, the City will ensure that it makes the most of this potential growth.

    The main themes arising from the draft Local Planning Strategy include:

    • Focusing increased densities around centres and activity corridors
    • Guiding design elements of multiple and grouped dwellings throughout the City
    • Reviewing residential capacity in areas where unsustainable growth can occur
    • Increasing housing diversity in suitable locations
    • Expanding existing local commercial centres, investigating potential density increases and revitalising local centres
    • Protecting the natural and historic built environment
    • Improving sustainable transport options and reducing car dependency
    • Providing for increased employment and commercial opportunities within the City.

    Copies of the City's Draft Local Planning Strategy can be viewed by selecting one of the links below:

    Draft Local Planning Strategy - Part One

    Draft Local Planning Strategy - Part Two

    Did you know?

    The Local Planning Strategy is a two part document. Part one contains the overall strategic direction for the City, while part two contains all relevant background information and an analysis of the issues the City is facing.

  • A Local Planning Scheme is a statutory document that sets out zonings and other classifications over land and provides rules and requirements that control land use and development in the City. It also sets out the processes that must be followed to obtain planning approvals.

    The City's Local Planning Strategy guides the zoning and regulations in the Local Planning Scheme. 

    Local Planning Scheme No. 3 controls the development and use of land across the City of Stirling (with the exception of the land within the Scarborough redevelopment area). The formal Scheme documents comprise of the Scheme Text and Scheme Maps and must be read in conjunction with the Local Planning Scheme No. 3 - Policy Manual.

    Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015

    The Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015 were gazetted on 25 August 2015 and took effect on 19 October 2015.

    The Regulations include the Deemed Provisions (Schedule 2) which automatically apply to all local planning schemes in Western Australia; and therefore override numerous provisions of the City's Local Planning Scheme No. 3; Schedule 2 of the Regulations is therefore to be read in conjunction with Local Planning Scheme No.3 and prevails in the case of any inconsistencies.

    For more information, please visit the Western Australian Planning Commission website.

    Did you know?

    The Scheme Maps divide the district into zones to identify areas for particular uses and identifies land reserved for public purposes. The Scheme Text sets out the Local Planning Framework, and identifies the types of uses and development permitted in the different zones.

  • The City over the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years undertook a detailed review of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3 (LPS3). This review was required in order to satisfy the requirements of Part 6 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, which requires a scheme to be reviewed every five years.

    The Scheme Review Report concluded that in the time that LPS3 has been operating, there have been significant changes to State Government policy and legislation that impacts on the operation of the Scheme. Furthermore, analysis of the performance of LPS3 demonstrated that it was not delivering on all of its objectives. Given the extent of changes required to ensure that LPS3 can deliver on its aims and objectives, the Scheme Review Report recommended that it be repealed and replaced with a new Scheme.

    The Scheme Review Report was presented to Council at its meeting on 17 April 2018 where it resolved to approve the report recommendations and forward the report to the Western Australian Planning Commission (Council Resolution 0418/019 refers). The Scheme Review Report was subsequently forward to the Western Australian Planning Commission on 2 May 2018.

    On 16 January 2019 the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) wrote to the City advising that it had considered the report on the review of Local Planning Scheme No. 3, and advised that it agreed with the recommendations of the report that a new local planning scheme be prepared.

    The City intends to commence the preparation of the new draft scheme, Local Planning Scheme No. 4, in the 2019/20 financial year. Subject to ongoing funding being provided, the preparation of the new draft scheme is expected to take 3 – 4 years, following which the process of WAPC consent to advertise, advertising and WAPC decision will be undertaken.

    Pursuant to Regulation 67(2) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, the documents below are hereby provided for public viewing. Hard copies of these documents are also available for viewing at the City’s Main Administration Building.

    Western Australian Planning Commission Decision on Review on Local Planning Scheme No.3

    Scheme Review Report on Local Planning Scheme No.3

    Appendix One - Background Analysis

    Appendix Two - Performance Criteria Analysis

    Appendix Three - Options Development and Scoping Paper

Local planning policies

The following local planning policies have been adopted by Council 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 Inglewood3.5MB (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)
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)
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)
6.10 Renewable Energy Systems284.9KB (PDF)
6.11 Trees and Development Policy272.5KB (PDF)
6.14 Footpath Trading and Activation689.2KB (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 Way433.2KB (PDF)
6.6 Landscaping417.6KB (PDF)
6.7 Parking and Access1.0MB (PDF)
6.8 Satellite Dishes254.1KB (PDF)
6.9 Street Addressing331.3KB (PDF)

Local development plans

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

Document nameDownloadable files
HN2B Rawlins Street Glendalough510.4KB (PDF)
Main Street Plaza416.3KB (PDF)
Carine Vision - Precinct A (HN2 Gemstone Boulevard Carine1012.9KB (PDF)
Carine Vision - Precinct B Lot 5 (HN 3 Gemstone Boulevard Carine)499.1KB (PDF)
Carine Vision - Precinct B Lot 6 (HN 29 Silica Road Carine)592.6KB (PDF)
The Village (HN2A Walter Road Inglewood)3.4MB (PDF)
HN31 Gribble Road (HN30-HN40 Aachen Crescent Gwelup)802.1KB (PDF)
Angelico Street (HN10 Sabina Street Woodlands)1.8MB (PDF)
Beaufort Street30.8MB (PDF)
Bethanie on the Park (HN2 Plantation Street Menora)4.5MB (PDF)
Carine Vision - Precinct C (HN322 Marmion Avenue Carine)2.1MB (PDF)
Carine Vision - Precinct D (HN6 Gemstone Boulevard Carine)1.5MB (PDF)
Deviot Park (HN38 Old Balcatta Road Gwelup)725.4KB (PDF)
Elimatta Village (HN45 Alexander Drive Menora)3.5MB (PDF)
HN2 Chieti Place and HN89 Gribble Road Gwelup836.0KB (PDF)
HN2 Erindale Road Gwelup1.3MB (PDF)
HN22 Dianella Drive Dianella3.7MB (PDF)
Mirrabooka Town Centre108.8MB (PDF)
Scarborough Beach Road West22.3MB (PDF)
Seven Hills (HN7 Gay Street and HN15 Osborne Road Dianella)13.9MB (PDF)
Siena Leadership Centre (HN33 Williamstown Road Doubleview)1.1MB (PDF)
Stirling City Centre - Innaloo Precinct4.5MB (PDF)
Stirling City Centre - Northern Precinct6.9MB (PDF)
Stirling City Centre - Osborne Park Precinct3.0MB (PDF)
Stirling City Centre - Southern Precinct8.1MB (PDF)
Stirling City Centre - Station Precinct12.4MB (PDF)
Stirling City Centre - Woodlands Precinct3.2MB (PDF)
Thomas Mews Estate (HN459 and HN463 North Beach Road Gwelup)1.4MB (PDF)
Tuart Hill Local Centre1.9MB (PDF)

Structure plans

A structure plan is used to indicate the way in which an area is proposed for development.