Local Planning Scheme and Policies
The City of Kwinana is covered by two Local Planning Schemes, the main one being Local Planning Scheme No. 2. This applies to the majority of the land within the Local Authority area. Local Planning Scheme No. 3 also applies to the Kwinana City Centre area only. Some land within Hope Valley is not covered by either Local Planning Scheme. Please see Hope Valley Wattleup Redevelopment Area section below.
Both Local Planning Schemes consist of a written document (the Scheme Text), maps (the Scheme Map) and supporting information.
The WA Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) were gazetted in August and took effect from 19 October 2015. The Regulations include Deemed Provisions which automatically become part of every local planning scheme. Until an integration amendment has been completed, the City of Kwinana’s Schemes must be read in conjunction with the Deemed Provisions.
In addition to the Local Planning Schemes, there are various other State and Local Planning Policies which affect the use and development of land. For example, in constructing your home you are affected by the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia, which controls how development of residential land may occur. The City of Kwinana also has its own Local Planning Policies related to development and land use which can be found below.
How does the Town Planning Scheme affect you?
You need to lodge an application for planning approval prior to undertaking development or use of land within the City, unless the type of development or use is exempt from requiring planning approval.
Hope Valley Wattleup Redevelopment Area (Latitude 32)
Latitude 32 is one of Australia’s largest industrial redevelopment projects, in the Hope Valley-Wattleup area. It is managed by WA State Land Developer, LandCorp.
All development within this area, requires Planning Approval under the Hope Valley Wattleup Redevelopment Project Master Plan (Master Plan).
More information on the Master Plan and relevant documents can be found on the Latitude 32 section of the Development WA website.
The City of Kwinana Acknowledges that the sites listed in the City’s heritage documents detailed in this section sit on the lands of the Nyoongar People. We recognise the Nyoongar people as the true custodians of these lands and pay our respects to Elders past and present.
The City of Kwinana has a unique place in the history of Western Australia as the site of some of the earliest land grants in the Swan River Colony, as well as being the largest purpose-built and planned town to serve industry in Western Australia. The European historical narrative of Kwinana is captured through its Local Heritage Survey and Heritage List.
The Local Heritage Survey provides direction to the City on the importance of places listed in the survey and makes recommendations for the level of care that should be taken of each place by assigning management categories. Entry of a place into the Local Heritage Survey is recognition of its importance to the community only, it does not have any statutory weight and does not invoke any further controls on the place than would ordinarily apply under the existing planning framework. In order to have statutory protection, in accordance with the Planning & Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, heritage places must be included on a Heritage List established under the Local Planning Scheme. Places identified within management categories A, B and C (i.e. those in need of the most protection) have been placed on the City’s Heritage List.
Links to both documents can be found below:
The Local Heritage Survey, in accordance with the Heritage Act 2018 and the Guidelines for Local Heritage Surveys (DPLH; 2019), focuses on events and developments in Kwinana’s history since the arrival of European settlers. It does not attempt to record the legacy of Aboriginal occupation prior to the European settlement however it does note the overlap between European settlers and Aboriginal people in the district, where that information is available. The Local Heritage Survey does not include Aboriginal heritage places as these are administered under separate legislation and require both specialist archaeological and anthropological skills and cultural sensitivity which may preclude the disclosure of information to the public.
Significant Aboriginal heritage is recorded and preserved through the provisions of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 administered by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. The City recognises the importance of Aboriginal heritage to the social, environmental and economic prosperity of the City and that the Local Heritage Survey, as a standalone document, does not provide a holistic picture of Kwinana’s cultural heritage.
Local Planning Policies