What is a local planning Scheme Amendment?
A local planning Scheme Amendment is a change to the zoning and/or permissibility of uses within the City's Local Planning Scheme No. 17 (LPS 17)(PDF, 3MB).
When a change is made to the Scheme it’s known as a Scheme Amendment. A Scheme Amendment can be proposed by landowners, the City of Swan or the Western Australian State Government.
When is a Scheme Amendment required?
Scheme Amendments occur for different reasons, such as:
- a change in zoning to accommodate development
- a change in the R-Codes to increase residential density
- a change in the Scheme’s wording
- to correct any inconsistency or error.
Are Scheme Amendments advertised?
Under Part 5 the Planning & Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, an amendment to the Scheme is classified as either a basic, standard or complex amendment. Depending on its classification advertising may be required. A basic amendment does not require advertising, but standard and complex amendments do.
View the WA Planning Commission's Scheme Amendment flowcharts for more information on how they are processed.
Where can I view advertised amendment applications?
Visit the City's currently advertised Scheme Amendment applications.
What information do I need to include in my Scheme Amendment application?
Applicants are required to clearly outline the amendment proposed and the reason for the amendment, through the preparation of a scheme amendment report.
The report should identify the following:
- The current scheme provisions and the proposed change to the scheme provisions
- A suitable justification for the scheme amendment proposal
- Sufficient detail of the proposed development or change in land use, if applicable.
Should I meet with the City planners prior to lodging a Scheme Amendment report?
It is strongly recommended that you consult with the City prior to drafting a scheme amendment proposal, this will ensure that you clearly understand the extent of information that you are required to provide.