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Local Planning Strategy

Local Planning Strategy

The City of Kwinana has prepared a draft Local Planning Strategy (LPS) to guide the growth and development of the City over the next 10 - 15 years. During this period there will be high growth in Kwinana’s residential population and considerable change and expansion to Kwinana’s industrial areas.

The City is currently inviting the community to have its say on the draft Local Planning Strategy, which will help to shape the City’s land use vision for the Future. 

Have your say

The purpose of the Local Planning Strategy is to:

  • identify land use planning issues and opportunities;
  • outline the strategic land use development directions and actions within Kwinana until 2036, having regard to the City’s Strategic Community Plan (2021-2031;
  • link strategic planning in Kwinana with State and regional planning, including current strategies, structure plans and strategic development initiatives;
  • coordinate the existing plans and strategies adopted and developed by the City;
  • set a strategic framework for the establishment of a new local planning scheme along with rationale for the zoning and reservation of land and for the provisions of the scheme relating to development and development control;
  • provide a strategic framework for assessment and decision-making in relation to proposed scheme amendments, subdivision and development;
  • identify the need for further studies or investigation to address longer-term strategic planning and development issues within Kwinana; and
  • outline how the Strategy will be implemented including reference to the development of any local planning mechanisms, including policies and guidelines which may be required.

The draft LPS was prepared by the City based on the following technical studies concerned with social, environmental and economic issues:

  • housing diversity and choice;
  • community infrastructure and facilities;
  • economic growth and employment;
  • distribution of retail, commercial and industrial land;
  • environmental protection;
  • protecting rural character; and
  • heritage matters

In developing the draft LPS, the City also engaged the community to establish their views on the future growth and development of Kwinana.

The Local Planning Strategy will be continuously improved to align future land use planning and development with the community’s aspirations and long term vision as set out in Strategic Community Plans. The themes used in the Local Planning Strategy align with the objectives set out in the City's current Strategic Community Plan. 

View the Draft Local Planning Strategy map 

Discussion Papers


Informing Documents


Frequently Asked Questions 

What is a Local Planning Strategy?

The Local Planning Strategy sets out the long term planning direction for the City over the next 10 years and beyond. The Strategy sets out a vision for the future and covers key issues such as housing, economy and environment.

The draft Local Planning Strategy also forms the basis for the preparation of a new Local Planning Scheme for the City.

The purpose of the Local Planning Strategy is to:

  • identify land use planning issues and opportunities;
  • outline the strategic land use development directions and actions within Kwinana until 2036, having regard to the City’s Strategic Community Plan (2021-2031;
  • link strategic planning in Kwinana with State and regional planning, including current strategies, structure plans and strategic development initiatives;
  • coordinate the existing plans and strategies adopted and developed by the City;
  • set a strategic framework for the establishment of a new local planning scheme along with rationale for the zoning and reservation of land and for the provisions of the scheme relating to development and development control;
  • provide a strategic framework for assessment and decision-making in relation to proposed scheme amendments, subdivision and development;
  • identify the need for further studies or investigation to address longer-term strategic planning and development issues within Kwinana; and
  • outline how the Strategy will be implemented including reference to the development of any local planning mechanisms, including policies and guidelines which may be required.

Council adopted the draft Local Planning Strategy on the 24 March 2021 and then referred it to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) for consent to advertise. The Western Australian Planning Commission (Statutory Planning Committee) endorsed the  draft Local Planning Strategy for advertising (subject to modifications) on 6 December 2022.

What does a Local Planning Strategy do?

The strategy sets out the framework for planning and development at a local scale over the next 10 to 15 years.  It does this by looking at 4 key topic areas being:

  • Community
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Infrastructure

The draft Strategy identifies future planning implications for the City for each of the topic areas above. It then outlines strategies and actions to address these future planning implications and provides an expected timeframe for when each action should be completed.

Why do we need a Local Planning Strategy?

A Local Planning Strategy is a high-level, long-term land use plan to guide the growth and change of the City for the next 10-15 years.

 All local governments in Western Australia are required to prepare a local planning strategy under State legislation. 


The draft Strategy provides high level strategic solutions to matters such as population growth and housing needs, strengthening the local economy and improving the connections and spaces where our community live, work and visit. 

The draft Strategy will inform the City’s new Local Planning Scheme and will guide the development of local planning policies, precinct structure plans, standard structure plans and other planning tools  that will shape planning decisions and implement the City’s vision for land use planning in Kwinana.

How can I comment on the draft Local Planning Strategy?

Prior to preparing the draft Local Planning Strategy, the City undertook a series of technical planning studies and also sought the community’s feedback on current needs and future direction of planning development in the City. The draft Local Planning Strategy reflects the community’s feedback and technical planning studies and is aimed at guiding our community, economy and environment towards a sustainable future.

The City is now seeking feedback on whether the draft Local Planning Strategy reflects the community's vision and will meet future needs. 

There are a number of ways to make a submission/comment on the draft Local Planning Strategy.

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