City plans & strategies


The City is committed to delivering services that are integrated and planned in a way that reflects the diverse needs of our community. Take a look at the strategies (some still in draft) for enhancing infrastructure, preparing for the ageing population, our youth, community facilities, land use, transport, the environment, rural and residential areas and much more.

Bellevue East Land Use Study

The Bellevue East Land Use Study intends to address the issues of land use incompatibilities between industrial and residential. Eight precincts were identified in the study area and the report documents strategic directions for each of these precincts. The study makes a number of short and long term recommendations to effect land use changes in order to reduce/manage land use incompatibilities. The Bellevue East Land Use Study(PDF, 17MB) was adopted at the August 14, 2013 Council meeting .

Biodiversity Strategy

The Biodiversity Strategy(PDF, 21MB)  provides a plan for the future with a number of recommendations for biodiversity and is a key document in guiding natural resource management over the next decade. The strategy will evolve over time and will be implemented over an extended time frame. The strategy also aims to integrate biodiversity conservation into the City's core business by providing a strategic, consistent and well informed framework for decision making. The strategy was formally adopted by Council on June 15, 2016.

Bullsbrook Townsite District Structure Plan

In 2014, the City endorsed the Bullsbrook Townsite Land Use Master Plan (BLUMP). Based on updated town planning regulations and subsequent modifications to the plan, the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) approved the final report as the Bullsbrook Townsite District Structure Plan (BTDSP) in 2018. The BTDSP is a strategy for the future development of Bullsbrook townsite and is intended to provide guidance and advocacy for development of the townsite to 2031 and beyond.

The BTDSP proposes a range of land uses including residential, district and neighbourhood centres, mixed use developments, commercial, industrial, public open space, community facilities, and rapid transit services. Supporting documents include the Regional Water Management Strategy(PDF, 22MB) (Appendix 1.0) and the updated Transport Impact Assessment(PDF, 3MB) (Appendix 2.0)(PDF, 3MB).

The BTDSP satisfies the targets of "Directions 2031" and goes toward meeting the City's vision to accommodate the future community in a liveable town that is sustainable, vibrant and prosperous.

Community Safety

Community Safety is rated as the highest area of importance and concern to local residents and business owners within the City of Swan.

The Community Safety Plan(PDF, 964KB) (2014-2018) has been developed following research and consultation with the many stakeholders within the City. The plan looks at the City’s role as a service provider, in partnerships and as an advocate for the community. It will also assist in planning City support for community safety related activities over the next four years.

The Community Safety Plan Annual Report(PDF, 3MB) 2014/2015 provides an overview of the key achievements related to the Community Safety Plan (2014–2018) which has been developed following research and consultation with the many stakeholders within the City. The plan looks at the City’s role as a service provider, in partnerships and as an advocate for the community.

CycleConnect Strategy

The City of Swan has developed the CycleConnect Strategy(PDF, 8MB) to guide the development of cycling routes and facilities within the City and to ensure connectivity with neighbouring local government areas.

The strategy was released for public comment during August and September 2012, and was formally adopted by Council on November 7, 2012. The strategy includes a prioritised construction schedule and this will be implemented through the City's Capital Works program. 

Ellenbrook Place Youth Plan

The development of the Ellenbrook Place Youth Plan(PDF, 7MB) is the result of research and consultation facilitated by the Ellenbrook Youth Friendly Community Project (EYFCP) 2011-2013 made possible through grant funding under the Department for Communities Youth Friendly Communities grants program.

The project focused on understanding the strengths, assets, issues and needs for young people in Ellenbrook Place with the goal to developing an inter-agency Youth Plan that builds on existing strengths and responds to the issues and gaps within Ellenbrook Place.

Hazelmere Enterprise Area Structure Plan

The Hazelmere Enterprise Area Structure Plan(PDF, 16MB) provides a structural framework to guide future planning and decision making that optimises Hazelmere in a sustainable way, so it responds to the sensitive environmental features and the surrounding residential areas.

Heritage Strategic Plan

The Heritage Strategic Plan, adopted by Council in July 2013, is an important document to guide and coordinate the City's approach to recognising, preserving and managing the cultural heritage of the district into the future. Please refer to our History & heritage pages to download the Heritage Strategic Plan and the accompanying background report.

Local Commercial and Activity Centres Strategy 2016

The Local Commercial and Activity Centre Strategy(PDF, 2MB) (LCACS) was formally adopted by Council on September 27, 2017. It provides strategic guidance for land use and development of the City’s shopping centres and commercial areas. The LCACS is supported by the Background Report(PDF, 2MB), Best Practice Review(PDF, 1MB), and Retail Needs Assessment(PDF, 5MB).

Local Planning Strategy (draft)

The draft Local Planning Strategy was presented to Council in February 2013 and forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission seeking support to advertise for public comment. The strategy provides guidance for future development of the City, and provides the basis for review of the Local Planning Scheme No.17(PDF, 2MB). The strategy focuses on ten themes including:

  • Natural resource management and environmental protection;
  • Population and housing;
  • Economy and employment;
  • Activity centres;
  • Tourism;
  • Open space and community facilities;
  • Rural land uses;
  • Urban design and heritage;
  • Transport, traffic and access; and
  • Infrastructure services 

Local Rural Planning Strategy

The Local Rural Planning Strategy(PDF, 14MB) (LRPS), adopted by Council on October 19, 2016 provides strategic guidance for land use and development in the City’s rural areas, and establishes the basis for review of the City’s Local Planning Scheme. The LRPS sets out the vision, aims, strategies and actions associated with issues relating to agricultural and natural resources, infrastructure, rural settlement, biodiversity and preservation of the rural and natural environment.

The LRPS essentially represents a consolidated version of the current rural strategies applicable within the City: the Bullsbrook Townsite and Rural Strategy; Gidgegannup Rural Strategy; and the Swan Hills Rural Strategy, and has regard to recent changes to the State planning framework, namely the WAPC’s State Planning Policy 2.5 ‘Land Use Planning in Rural Areas (2012)’ and the Rural Planning Guidelines.

The LRPS will be used by the City to guide the consideration of rezoning proposals, structure plans, and subdivision referrals to the WAPC as well as development applications. It may also assist in the preparation of other planning instruments such as local planning policy. In addition to the land use planning implications, the LRPS guides the City’s organisational strategic planning, business planning, and economic and tourism development activities in rural areas in addition to partnerships with State and Federal governments and the development sector.

Midland Activity Centre Master Plan

Midland is the Strategic Metropolitan Centre in Perth's north east sub-region and its CBD area is undergoing significant revitalisation and change. In 2007, an Enquiry by Design was jointly undertaken by the City of Swan and the Midland Redevelopment Authority (now the Metropolitan Development Authority). In consultation with the community and relevant government agencies, a strong vision (below) for Midland's revitalisation along with key outcomes required to realise the vision were achieved.

"Midland has the opportunity and the ability to become a thriving city in its own right, serving Perth's eastern region, Perth Hills, the Avon Arc and beyond. Midland can deliver an attractive, affordable, productive and sustainable city living environment beside the rivers in the eastern corridor."

Complementing this vision are the State government's policy objectives established by Directions 2031 and Beyond and State Planning Policy 4.2 Activity Centres for Perth and Peel. In particular, strategic metropolitan centres are required to provide an enhanced level of employment activity, along with intensified residential densities, thereby supporting public transport investment, improving access to jobs and services, and allowing for intensified activity within the centres.

The preparation of the Midland Activity Centre Master Plan(PDF, 98MB) is aimed at achieving these objectives, and establishes a planning framework for implementation of the recommendations. The draft Master Plan was advertised for public comment during April and May, 2013 and adopted by Council on December 18, 2013.

Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan

The Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan(PDF, 18MB) (MACSP) was approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission on January 30, 2018. It provides for the long term growth and development of Midland, addressing key activity centre considerations.

The MACSP provides the strategic basis to decision making, guiding the types of land uses and the overall development that is intended within the Midland activity centre. It details land use and infrastructure requirements as well as environmental assets, residential density and plot ratios, built form, and movement arrangements for all modes of transport and pedestrian accessibility.

The MACSP guides the planning and development of Midland activity centre by providing the broad planning requirements to justify the preparation of Scheme amendments and local planning policy.

Midland Access and Parking Strategy

The Midland Access and Parking Strategy(PDF, 592KB) seeks to balance parking and other access modes in Midland. The strategy suggests ways that Midland remains a vibrant business and service centre with a gradual evolution toward public transport usage and complementary increases in parking capacity. The document was advertised for public comment during July 2012 and was adopted in March 2013.

Strategy for the Ageing Population

The Strategy for the Ageing Population(PDF, 10MB) (SAP) provides a strategic response to engage in opportunities and overcome challenges associated with an ageing population. The City of Swan recognises that being proactive in understanding and addressing these changes is in the interests of all City residents, as well as the sustainability of the City as a whole. Complimentary to the full SAP document is an informative brochure(PDF, 1MB) that provides a summary of the approach, objectives and desired outcomes of the strategy.

The SAP is the strategic planning document that guides the City as it plans for any changes to service and infrastructure delivery in association with its changing demographic structure. It will also form the basis of policy formulation and amendments to the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 17.

Sustainable Environment Strategy

The Sustainable Environment Strategy(PDF, 4MB) details the environmental pressures that drive the need for environmental improvement in the City of Swan. Focusing on seven key areas (biodiversity retention, water quality, water efficiency, carbon reduction, adaptation for the future, waste minimisation, and corporate capacity) the document details the strategies, policy positions and actions that the City of Swan will undertake to pursue environmental improvement across the City in coming years. The document was advertised for public comment during December 2011 and was formally adopted by Council on March 21, 2012.

Tourism Development Strategy

On July 1, 2015 the City of Swan endorsed a five year Tourism Development Strategy 2015 - 2020(PDF, 2MB) which sets the strategic direction and positioning for the City and its industry partners to contribute to Tourism Western Australia’s 2020 targets.

The strategy recommends a 1% shift in the City of Swan’s share of target markets in the Perth region in order to meet 2020 targets of attracting an additional 120,000 visitors generating 262,000 visitor nights and $132.4 million in visitor expenditure.

The strategy identifies five catalyst projects and a program of actions across key service areas and the City’s diverse places. The plan was developed in consultation with key Western Australian tourism stakeholder organisations and the local tourism industry. 

The Tourism Development Strategy Addendum November 2016(PDF, 1MB) provides a summary of the key achievements to date and priority strategies identified for implementation 2016/17.

Transport Strategy

The City has developed an integrated transport strategy(PDF, 5MB) which investigates issues in regard to road networks, freight, cycling and pedestrian, public transport, parking and private transport use within the City of Swan over a timeframe to 2031. The strategy includes recommendations to address identified issues and deficiencies through means of management or capital works. The strategy document was adopted by Council on September 10, 2014.

Urban Housing Strategy (UHS)

Please refer to the UHS webpage where all documents (including locality maps) are available for viewing or download.

Water Efficiency Action Plan

Sustainable water management has become accepted as core business for all local governments and is expected by the community. The City of Swan's Water Efficiency Action Plan(PDF, 1011KB)  represents our commitment to improving water management in both the corporate (City operations) and community (residential, commercial and industrial) sectors. It also supports the City in maintaining its status as a Waterwise Council.

The Water Efficiency Action Plan contains goals for water management, and actions to enable the City to achieve these goals. The actions will be implemented by various City departments, creating a comprehensive and effective approach to reducing water consumption and protecting water quality in the City of Swan. The Water Efficiency Action Plan was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on October 19, 2016.

Youth Strategy

The City’s Youth Strategy(PDF, 867KB) was adopted by Council on March 14, 2018. The strategy aims to guide future planning for the provision of fundamental services and infrastructure. It also highlights matters requiring a direct approach, facilitation and advocacy by the City to foster positive youth development and build the capacity of young people to actively engage in, contribute to, and influence the decision making process within the community over the next twenty years. The strategy may be read in conjunction with the Preliminary Findings Report(PDF, 13MB) (November 2016). Complimentary to the full Youth Strategy, our informative flyer(PDF, 953KB) provides a summary of the approach, objectives and desired outcomes of the strategy.

The City has developed the strategy in partnership with young people, key agencies and service providers. The strategy identifies key issues and values to facilitate and support the development of a young person. The strategy has also been built upon emerging trends and best practices in community youth development to increase resilience, develop protective factors and engage young people with adults in the community to foster positive community development.

The Youth Strategy provides the City and its communities with an exciting vision for supporting its young population now and into the future.

Guildford Access and Parking Strategy

The Guildford Access and Parking Strategy(PDF, 3MB) provides guidance for the development and use of parking in the future and responds to currently perceived parking issues. Development of the strategy was undertaken with consideration of Guildford’s heritage and feedback from extensive community engagement. The recommendations contained in the Strategy are focused on safety, parking management, cash-in-lieu, alternative modes of transport particularly cycling and walking and compliance.

The strategy was endorsed by Council September 7, 2016.

At that meeting, Council resolved:

(3)   The City recognises that the Guildford Access and Parking Strategy car parking survey was conducted over two days in March 2016 via desktop survey and the number of bays is disputed by Guildford residents.

Only an actual physical street by street survey in Guildford will provide an accurate car bay number and this will be undertaken during the implementation of the strategy.

Since GAPS was endorsed, the City has conducted another bay count through application of Australian Standards and Liveable Neighbourhoods principles. It found that the original desktop estimate overstated the available bay count. Based on the updated bay count, the maximum utilisation of the bays in Guildford is on average 45% which remains below the Austroads optimum of 50 - 85%. The City's implementation approach will therefore remain unchanged and continue to focus on improved parking management to allow optimum usage of the existing parking bays in Guildford.

The City is currently preparing a precinct parking plan, and further utilisation surveys will be undertaken after its implementation.

Malaga Parking Strategy

The Malaga Parking Strategy(PDF, 923KB) aims to balance the requirement for provision of suitably located and shared verge parking, to support business viability, with appropriate development and use of parking according to planning policy requirements.