Covering approximately one fifth of the Perth metropolitan area, the City of Swan is home to 12 local areas of culturally rich and diverse communities, living in a variety of situations including high density activity centres, the hills and rural lifestyle settings.
Local area planning involves community members working together with the City, to identify specific issues affecting their community, to produce a plan that prioritises the specific needs of their local area and supports its unique character.
Local Area Plans (LAPs) provide the opportunity to recognise the character and needs of our diverse communities. LAPs identify the key priorities of each local area through community consultation. They allow the City to recognise issues affecting the local area and to consolidate current or planned strategies and actions to address these.
LAPs are integrated with the City's Strategic Community Plan so they can inform corporate business planning for the delivery of services to the community. LAPs are therefore important documents so we can plan infrastructure, services and manage change at a local level.
The twelve local areas that are addressed in LAPs are Altone, Ballajura, Bullsbrook, Ellenbrook, Gidgegannup, Guildford/Hazelmere, Malaga, Midland, Swan Valley, Swan View, Upper Swan and the Urban Growth Corridor. The Swan Valley LAP will be developed after the Swan Valley Planning Scheme is gazetted. The City will not undertake a LAP in Gnangara unless development occurs in the area.