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The Local Planning Strategy draws on the Strategic Community Plan for the City of Melville: People, Places, Participation 2016 - 2026 and The City of Melville Corporate Business Plan 2016-2020 to provide a broad direction for the future growth and development of the City for the next 10 to 15 years.
To do this, the Local Planning Strategy considers all relevant Regional and State planning documents, such as the Western Australian Planning Commission's Directions 2031 and Beyond, and the current urban character of the City of Melville and its people.
The Strategy makes broad projections on:
- how and where future residents may live in response to changing metropolitan circumstances
- considers the state of our environment
- State Government direction and major planning activities in the region that may impact (positively or negatively) on the liveability of the City
- future prosperity of the municipality
The Local Planning Strategy aims to provide a vision to assist strategic decision making and a set of principles by which co-ordinated, sustainable development will be implemented over time. It is not a fixed blue-print but a framework for strategic planning which assists in creating the community we want to live in.
While the Local Planning Strategy sets the broad strategic planning direction for the City, the Local Planning Scheme is the operational tool that establishes specific controls for land use and development in the City of Melville.
Local Planning Scheme No. 6 is the primary document of the City's local planning framework. It contains information about land use zones and development application processes.
It sets and defines zones, acceptable land uses within each zone of the City and establishes development standards for new and re-developed sites.
The Local Planning Scheme details procedures and processes to be followed in order to complete, lodge and consider an application for development consent, establishes rights of appeal, development advertising processes etc. The Local Planning Scheme must align with provisions in planning law (Planning and Development Act 2005) and comply with the State Government Model Scheme Text guideline.
A Local Planning Scheme has a life of between five to 10 years, and must be reviewed each five years by law.
Specific aims of Local Planning Scheme No.6 include:
- Development and population - planning for future demographics
- Environment and heritage preservation
- Provide open sapce and recreation opportunities
- Support economic growth
- Provide safe, social, adequate services for the community
- Enhance transport and infrastructure