Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale welcomes new Local Planning Scheme

Published on Monday, 2 October 2023 at 9:47:15 AM

Image: Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale President Cr Michelle Rich and Director Development Services Andrew Trosic celebrate the gazettal of Local Planning Scheme No.3.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale will be guided into the future by one of the most modern and contemporary planning frameworks in Western Australia following gazettal of the new Local Planning Scheme No.3 on Friday, 22 September 2023.

Replacing the almost 35-year-old Town Planning Scheme No.2, the new scheme will guide the Shire’s future development and ensure Serpentine Jarrahdale is equipped to facilitate the rapid levels of growth expected in the coming years.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said gazettal of the scheme was a significant step forward in the Shire’s ongoing commitment to responsible urban development.

“Local planning schemes serve as vital tools for managing and improving land use within our jurisdiction,” Cr Rich said.

“This new scheme positions us favourably ahead of what looms as a major period of growth for SJ with State initiatives such as the Tonkin Highway Extension and Byford Rail Extension coming soon.

“This transition is the beginning of a new era in Serpentine Jarrahdale’s development and land use regulation.”

Gazettal of the Local Planning Scheme No.3 marks the conclusion of a journey spanning more than seven years for the Shire.

The process included comprehensive community consultation and discussions with landowners, state agencies and developers, with the resulting scheme now aligning with the latest State planning reforms and policies.

“The previous Town Planning Scheme No. 2, which has been in place since 1989, has required over 200 amendments over the years, highlighting the need for a more comprehensive and up-to-date planning framework,” Cr Rich said.

“The new scheme will not only streamline land use rights and provisions but also enable better management and administration of these rights.”

The new scheme aligns with the Shire’s Draft Council Plan 2023-2033, which envisions “a well-planned Shire that supports out community to flourish through sustainable growth, partnerships and leadership”.

It will also support the implementation of the Shire’s latest Council strategies, including the Local Planning Strategy, Byford District Structure Plan, and Development Contribution Plans, all recently approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).

Click here to view Local Planning Scheme No.3

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