Local Planning Policy 6.4 Child Care Premises Review

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A comprehensive review of the City’s Local Planning Policy 6.4 Child Care Premises. Closing date: 9 February 2023 Follow project

The City has a Local Planning Policy to guide the assessment of Child Care Premises. The City’s Child Care Premises Local Planning Policy (the Policy) was last amended in April 2021. This review followed a resolution of Council (Council Resolution Number 1220/004) that the Policy be reviewed in response to concerns regarding a proposed Child Care Premises in Stirling.

At the April 2022 Electors General Meeting, Council resolved (Council Resolution Number 0422/011) that Local Planning Policy 6.4 be reviewed.

In December 2022, Council initiated the process on Local Planning Policy 6.4 and can be found in the 6 December Minutes (Item 12.2/DS2).

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What informed the review?

The City’s Officer undertook a comprehensive review of the existing Local Planning Policy 6.4. This included:

  • Reviewing recent proposals for Child Care Premises in the City, including identifying the most common reasons for community opposition to this use
  • Investigated other local government’s local planning policies regarding Child Care Centres, such as, Joondalup, Wanneroo, and Melville
  • Incorporated findings from WAPC Bulletin 72 (2009) and Position Statement (2022)
  • Investigated studies that indicated ‘black spots; for child care centres within the City
  • Investigated findings from JDAP and SAT child care cases in the Perth metropolitan area
  • Compiled findings of community concerns raised from development applications over the past five years for child care centres within the City
  • Investigated customer complaints regarding traffic and noise at existing child care centres.

Who has been consulted?

Changes to the current Policy are proposed following a comprehensive review of the policy. This review involved obtaining different views on where this type of development should be allowed, and what controls should apply to this form of development. 

What were the outcomes of the Elected Members Survey?

Elected Members were invited to participate in a survey between 26 August 2022 to 2 September 2022. A summary of the feedback is as follows:

  • 50% felt that the current provision of child care centres/services was adequate in the City
  • 50% agreed that child care centres be allowed in residential zones
  • 67% agreed that the number of children at Child Care Premises should be limited
  • 67% agreed that the existing design control are adequate.

What are the main changes proposed to Local Planning Policy 6.4?

The proposed changes to the Policy include:

  • Increasing the emphasis on minimising the impacts on the amenity of adjoining properties
  • Increasing landscaping requirements
  • Improving design requirements to mitigate noise issues, particularly if a Child Care premises abuts residential properties
  • Introducing requirements for bin storage and firefighting equipment locations to be provided
  • Creating a checklist of requirements for applicants to provide in their application
  • Overall improvements to the objectives to deliver the policies intended outcomes.

How do I make a submission?

  • Online Submissions can be made via the online form.
  • By post Chief Executive Officer, City of Stirling, (Amended Local Planning Policy 6.4 – Child Care Premises), 25 Cedric Street, Stirling WA 6021
  • In person During business hours (8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday) at the City of Stirling Main Administration Office located at 25 Cedric Street, Stirling
  • By email schemes@stirling.wa.gov.au.


Council resolved to initiate advertising of Local Planning Policy 6.4

December 2022

Community consultation commences

January 2023

Community consultation concludes

February 2023

Officer reviews comments received during community consultation

February 2023

Council considers outcomes of community consultation The City’s officers will endeavour to provide a report to Council on the outcomes of community consultation in March, however this will depend on the number of submissions to consider and respond to

March / May 2023

If Council resolves to adopt the amended Local Planning Policy 6.4 Child Care Premises, changes to the Policy will come into effect once the City publishes the Policy on the City’s website. *Dependant on when Council makes a resolution

March / May 2023
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For more information or to receive this information in an alternative format, please contact Olivia Abbonizio, Development Services - Schemes, Policies and Heritage on (08) 9205 8555.

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