Local Planning Scheme No. 17 (LPS17)
What is a Local Planning Scheme?
A Local Planning Scheme is a formal document that sets out how land in a particular local government area can be used and developed. It contains information about long term planning and strategies, plus how infrastructure and development will occur in that area.
Why do we have a Local Planning Scheme?
The City of Swan is responsible for planning its local communities, by ensuring appropriate planning controls exist for land use and development. We do this by preparing and administering a Local Planning Scheme and strategy. All local governments are required to prepare a Local Planning Scheme, in accordance with the Planning & Development Act 2005 and the relevant regional planning scheme.
Can I view the City of Swan’s Local Planning Scheme No. 17?
Absolutely. It’s available for viewing online at City of Swan Local Planning Scheme No. 17 or at one of our six Libraries.
If you’d rather take a copy home, you can purchase one from our Administration Office on Morrison Road. Just give us a call first on 9267 9267, so we can have it ready for you.
Local Planning Scheme No.17 Zoning Maps
What’s a zone?
A zone is the classification of land in a Local Planning Scheme, which guides the use and development of the land, excluding land in reserves. Each zone comprises a set of objectives which are considered by a planning officer during the assessment of a planning application.
For easy identification, each zone is shaded different colours in the LPS 17 Zoning Maps document. For example, the General Industrial Zone is coloured purple.
If you turn to the Zoning Table page of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 17, you’ll find the zones listed across the top row and an indication of the permissibility level for each land use under each zone (ie through the use of symbols X, P, D and A). A range of use classes is detailed in the first left hand column. By cross-referencing this column with the zones, you can see where each use class is permissible under Local Planning Scheme No. 17.
What information do the LPS17 Zoning Maps provide?
As you’d expect, the Maps give you great visual detail. However, they also provide a lot more information.
If you select “Town Planning Scheme” in the top left hand corner, you can view the LPS17 Zoning. Within this module you can do property searches by using the “Address Search” or “Lot Search” in the bottom left corner.
You can also view aerial images of an area or property by changing the layers on the left hand side of the page. Simply untick the “TPS17 Zoning” layer and tick the “2010 Aerial” layer.
If you’d like to view the Zoning Maps, click on the link below.
Local Planning Scheme No.17 Zoning Maps
Does the Midland Redevelopment Authority affect City of Swan town planning?
The Midland Redevelopment Authority (MRA) was established under the Midland Redevelopment Act 1999 and commenced operations on 1 January 2000.
In terms of area, the MRA is responsible for the land surrounding the Midland Railway Workshops and an extended area of Woodbridge and Viveash. However, this area is not affected by the City of Swan's Local Planning Scheme No. 17.
There are occasions when the City and MRA liaise on any interface/boundary issues or long term planning matters. This is because the MRA will eventually dissolve and the area will fall back under the City’s Local Planning Scheme.
To check whether a property falls within the MRA area, you can either go to the City of Swan's Local Planning Scheme No. 17 Zoning Maps or visit the MRA’s website at www.mra.wa.gov.au
Swan Valley Planning Act 1995
What is the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995?
The area known as the Swan Valley is an international tourist attraction and home to some of our oldest wineries. So it’s important we maintain this beautiful region for everyone to enjoy. This is why the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995 was created. The Act enforced the establishment of a committee to advise on land use and development in the area, as well as setting out planning and development objectives.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Act, you can view it online at Swan Valley Planning Act 1995.
Residential Design Codes of Western Australia
What are the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes)?
The Residential Design Codes are commonly called the "R-Codes" and apply to residential areas throughout Western Australia.
As a legislative document, they provide a comprehensive basis for local governments to control residential development. In this capacity, the R-Codes cover all requirements for development control and minimise the need for separate planning policies for residential development.
It’s important to note that the R-Codes don’t address the physical construction requirements or internal arrangements of buildings. These are dealt with by the Building Codes of Australia.
Where can I view the R-Codes?
You can view the R-Codes online at Residential Design Codes of Western Australia. As this document is on the website of the Department of Planning, you’ll need to contact them direct if you’d like a hard copy.
Need help with planning issues?
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