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Scheme Amendment 124 - Scarborough Normalisation and Development Contribution Plan

The City is preparing to transfer planning control of the Scarborough Redevelopment Area to the City of Stirling. Closing date: 7 October 2022

DevelopmentWA, formerly the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority assumed planning control of the Scarborough Redevelopment Area in July 2014 as part of an initiative to upgrade and revitalise the Scarborough Foreshore.

As these works are complete, it is now time for the State Government to transfer planning control back to the City through a process known as ‘normalisation’.  For this to happen, the City needs to amend its planning scheme to incorporate the current planning framework for the Scarborough Redevelopment Area. This will include transitioning over the Redevelopment Scheme (planning framework) and Development Contribution Plan.

In April 2022, Council initiated the process on this Scheme Amendment No.124 and can be found in the 5 April Minutes (Item 13.2).

In December 2022, Council considers outcomes of community consultation and resolved for the amendment (with modification) be referred to the Western Australia Planning Commission and the Minister for determination and can be found in the 6 December Minutes (Item 12.2).

The Minister has reviewed the proposed changes and has approved the Amendment with some minor changes that do not alter the planning framework.  The changes to the City’s Local Planning Scheme will come into effect on 9 August 2023. 

These changes will coincide with changes to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Act 2011 which removes the Scarborough Redevelopment Area from the responsibility of Development WA.  This Amendment does not change the planning framework that has been in place since 2016.  All redevelopment scheme provisions and local planning policies in place before planning control reverts to the City will continue to be used to assess development proposals in the area.

When these changes come into effect, the City’s officers will be responsible for assessing all development applications in the area, and, where necessary, making recommendations on those proposals to the Metro Inner North Joint Development Assessment Panel.  A copy of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No.3 Scheme Text and Map, incorporating the above modifications, are available online here.


What is ‘Normalisation’?

Normalisation is the process for planning control of the Scarborough Redevelopment Area to be returned to the City from DevelopmentWA.

What does Scheme Amendment 124 do?

Scheme Amendment No.124 is an administrative process as the first step to commence the normalising of the Scarborough Redevelopment Area into the City’s Local Planning Scheme 3.

Proposed transfer of planning control of the Scarborough Redevelopment Area to the City of Stirling.

This scheme amendment also introduces a development contribution area with an associated development contribution plan for the Scarborough Redevelopment area.

Why is Scheme Amendment 124 being proposed?

To transfer the planning control for the Scarborough Redevelopment Area back to the City.

What planning controls will apply to the Area after normalisation?

Council has not made a decision on which policies it would like to adopt for the area. This will be finalised through the normalisation process.

What is a Development Contribution Plan?

A Development Contribution Plan sets out the infrastructure needs of the redevelopment area and the financial contributions required towards the costs of this infrastructure.

How are contribution and calculations of a Development Contribution Plan calculated?

Contributions are calculated based on the size of the lot using a fixed based contribution rate.

When will I have to make a payment of cost contribution to the DCP?

An owner’s liability to pay the Development Contribution arises on the earlier of:

  • the approval of any development on the owner’s land within the Development Contribution Area, unless the development constitutes ‘minor’ development under clause 6B.1
  • The approval of any subdivision of the owner’s land within the Development Contribution Area.

How do I make a submission?

  • Online Submissions can be made via the online form above.
  • By post Chief Executive Officer, City of Stirling, (Scheme Amendment No.124), 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 development@stirling.wa.gov.au.


Council resolved to initiate Scheme Amendment

April 2022

Community consultation commences

August 2022

Community consultation concludes

October 2022

Officer reviews comments received during community consultation

October 2022

Council considers outcomes of community consultation

6 December 2022

Scheme Amendment forwarded to the Minister for Planning for a decision

January 2023

Decision from the Minister for Planning received

July 2023

Scheme Amendment No.124 will come into effect (if approved by the Minister for Planning).

9 August 2023
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For more information, contact Olivia Abbonizio, Development Services - Schemes, Policies, and Heritage on (08) 9205 8555.

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