Structure Plans & Local Development Plans
The City of Albany contains numerous areas that are subject to Structure Plans, Activity Centre plans or Local Development Plans.
The areas to which these plans apply are either large land parcels that can support significant development, or sites that require specific development guidelines due to special characteristics. More detailed information on each type of plan is provided in the areas listed below.
Structure Plans, Activity Centre Plans and Local Development Plans are typically proposed by the owner of land and lodged with the City. The City is then responsible for advertising the proposal and assessing it, taking into account any submissions received during the advertising process. In the case of Structure Plans and Activity Centre Plans, Council then makes a recommendation to the Western Australian Planning Commission on whether or not the plan should be approved. The Western Australian Planning Commission makes the final determination on the plan. Council is responsible for making the final determination on whether or not a Local Development Plan should be approved.
Please note that due to recent regulatory changes, any plans that you may have been familiar with as 'Outline Development Plans', 'Subdivision Guide Plans', or 'Development Guide Plans' are now referred to as Structure Plans. Similarly, plans that were formerly referred to as 'Detailed Area Plans' are now referred to as Local Development Plans.
Should you have any queries or require further information in relation to Structure Plans, Activity Centre Plans or Local Development Plans, please contact our Planning Team on (08) 9841 9333 or via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Structure Plans are designed to guide the future subdivision and zoning of residential suburbs, industrial areas and 'Special Residential', 'Rural Residential' and 'Conservation' zoned lifestyle areas.
A Structure Plan provides a basis for zoning (including residential density) and subdivision of land. A structure plan may be prepared where:
- An area is identified in a Local Planning Scheme as being suitable for urban development (through the 'Future Urban' zone);
- An area is identified in a Local Planning Scheme as requiring a Structure Plan prior to subdivision or development of the land;
- It is a requirement of a State Planning Policy; or
- It is required by the Western Australian Planning Commission for orderly and proper planning purposes.
Structure Plans are not intended to determine built form. However, the local government and the Western Australian Planning Commission do need to consider whether the proposed lots are capable of being developed for their intended use, in accordance with the Local Planning Scheme and the Residential Design Codes. If guidelines on built form are required for specific sites within the Structure Plan area, Local Planning policies or Local Development Plans are to be prepared.
- Council Policy: Planning: Structure Plan for McKail Structure Plan (Boundary St, Le Grande Ave, Flemington St) (391KB)Extract from Local Planning Scheme No. 1 Policy Manual. Development and Subdivision Development and Subdivision to be in accordance with the approved structure plan (No 14145-05F)
- Council Policy: Planning: Little Grove Structure Plan (350KB)This document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Adopted OCM 26/08/2014. Objective: The objectives of the plan have arisen from the opportunities and constraints analysis found within the Little Grove Structure Plan.
- Council Policy: Planning: South Lockyer Structure Plan (225KB)Extract from Local Planning Scheme No. 1 Policy Manual. Adopted OCM 26/08/2014. Objective: The objectives of the SLSP area have arisen from the opportunities and constraints analysis found within the South Lockyer Structure Plan.
- Council Policy: Planning: Big Grove Outline Development Plan (1MB)Extract from Local Planning Scheme No. 1 Policy Manual. Adotped OCM 26/08/2014. The Big Grove Outline Development Plan comprises over 28 lots, and has been identified for Future Urban development in the Albany Local Planning Strategy (ALPS).
Activity Centre Plans are designed to guide the future subdivision, zoning and development of activity centres. An activity centre is a community focal point that may include commercial and retail development, higher density housing, entertainment uses, civic buildings and/or higher education institutions.
An Activity Centre Plan guides the types of land uses and the overall development (including the built form) that is intended to occur within the activity centre. It can also detail land use and infrastructure requirements, environmental assets, residential amenity, infrastructure and access arrangements.
Local Development Plans set out specific and detailed guidance for the future development of certain sites, including the site requirements and development standards that will apply. A Local Development Plan may also exempt certain types of development from requiring development approval from the local government, where the criteria set out in the plan can be met.
A Local Development Plan is typically put in place due to the special characteristics of a site and will often guide the overall development (including the built form) that is intended to occur on the site. It can also detail environmental assets, residential amenity, infrastructure and access arrangements.
- Council Policy: Planning: Detailed Area Plans (1MB)This document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objective: To ensure that development on small, rear loaded or unusual lot configurations are designed in a manner that creates a high level of amenity and passive surveillance.
City of Albany's vision for the Albany Waterfront is to actively link the CBD to Princess Royal Harbour by providing a people-focused development with a strong sense of vibrancy and excitement, and with a unique combination of entertainment, accommodation and mixed-use buildings facing a wide waterside promenade overlooking an active public marina. Further information can be viewed on the Landcorp website.
- Albany Waterfront Planing Framework Report (7MB)The Structure Plan Report was prepared for the Albany Waterfront and is intended to guide development in the Albany Foreshore Development Zone, based on the Concept Plan accepted by the City in June 2005. The Concept Plan outlines the broad layout of the foreshore. The Structure Plan provides more specific details and a framework for the proposed pattern of land use and development. The Precinct Plan identifies five precincts within the Albany Waterfront area and outlines a vision, objectives and detailed planning and design guidelines for each. The Precinct Plan represents a logical extension of the endorsed Concept Plan and Structure Plan and takes into account the comments received during community consultation. Council is to have regard for the Precinct Plan when assessing applications, and in doing so, it will guide Council's decision making for development applications and infrastructure provision within the area.