A number of redevelopment areas in the City are under the planning control of Development WA, which is the State Government’s central development agency. DevelopmentWA has commenced the process of ‘normalising’ some of those areas to return them to the City’s planning control, and information about those precincts and normalisation process is provided below.
Any applications for development in these precincts which are lodged with DevelopmentWA prior to normalisation will continue to be assessed and determined by DevelopmentWA, if they have not been determined prior to normalisation, and in accordance with DevelopmentWA requirements. Development applications lodged with the City after normalisation will be assessed and determined by the City, in accordance with its standards.
For more information about normalisation, or if you have any questions about the precincts highlighted in the map below, please contact the City’s Planning Services Department.
The Champion Drive Precinct contains roughly 53 hectares of land bound by Champion Drive, Gillam Drive, Blaxland Elbow, Kalanchoe Approach, Verdant Crescent, Milagro Fairway and Lake Road. The entire northern portion of the precinct has been subdivided, while the area south of Westfield Road is mostly vacant and requires a new structure plan.
The City has prepared for normalisation of this Precinct by initiating Amendment No. 105 to its Town Planning Scheme No.4 (TPS No.4), which was gazetted on 28 July 2020. Amendment No.105 includes the Champion Drive Precinct within the TPS No.4 boundary and inserts:
- Appropriate zones, R-Codings and reserves over the area generally consistent with existing development, to the north of Westfield Road.
- Provide a framework/requirements for the preparation of a new Structure Plan over the mostly undeveloped area to the south of Westfield Road.
- Measures to protect vegetation.
Amendment No. 105 will not take effect until the precinct is normalised by DevelopmentWA. Until normalisation, planning applications will continue to be assessed by DevelopmentWA under the Armadale Redevelopment Scheme 2. Further details about Amendment No. 105 and information about the DevelopmentWA proposal to rescind its Developer Contribution Plan (DCP) for Champion Drive are downloadable below.
The Local Development Plans (LDPs) which guide development on many of the lots north of Westfield Road will be transferred to the City at normalisation and will then be available on the City’s website. The City may make some administrative amendments to those LDPs in order to make them compliant with State Government requirements and consistent with the City’s planning framework.
DevelopmentWA will be normalising this Precinct on 24 December 2020, and after that date enquiries about development should be forwarded to the City.
Forrestdale Business Park East (FBPE) is approximately 188 hectares of land bound by Tonkin Highway, Ranford Road and Armadale Road. It is approximately 75% subdivided into industrial lots, many of which have been built on and occupied, and also contains a Conservation Category Wetland (CCW) in the south-west corner.
The City has initiated Amendment No. 107 to TPS No.4 which was gazetted on 28 July 2020 and proposed to:
- Include the precinct into the TPS No.4 boundary; and
- Zone the majority of FBPE consistent with a concurrent Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) Amendment, existing development and generally consistent with the now expired FBPE Structure Plan.
Amendment No. 107 will not take effect until the precinct is normalised by DevelopmentWA. Until normalisation, planning applications will continue to be assessed by DevelopmentWA under the Armadale Redevelopment Scheme 2. Further details about Amendment No. 107 are downloadable below. Enquiries about the existing DCP for Forrestdale Business Park East should be referred to DevelopmentWA.
Under the DevelopmentWA planning framework, the Forrestdale Business Park East Design Guidelines are in use. After assessment of the provisions in that document, it was determined that rather than carrying across the Design Guidelines at Normalisation, a better planning outcome would be to carry across the provisions that best facilitate optimum planning outcomes for both FBPE and the wider industrial areas within the City. That is being achieved through amendments to the City’s Local Planning Policy PLN 4.1 - The Design of Industrial Sites and Estates, a draft of which can be downloaded below.
The City has also initiated Amendment No. 114 to TPS No.4 on 24 August 2020. The Amendment relates to three lots in the south west of the FBPE precinct and when finalised is proposed to:
- Include these sites into the TPS No.4 boundary;
- Apply zones and reserves to the lots consistent with the now expired FBPE Structure Plan and the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) Amendment; and
- Provide a framework/requirements for the preparation of a new Structure Plan over Lot 9500 Armadale Road.
DevelopmentWA’s target date for normalisation of this Precinct is currently being revised and is likely to be sometime early in 2021, with a confirmed date will be published when available.
The West of Rail and Railway Station Precincts are located immediately west of the Armadale Strategic Metropolitan Centre. The West of Rail Precinct is a triangular area of roughly 10.84 hectares bound by the Armadale Train Line to the east, Forrest Road and Fifth Road. The Railway Station Precinct is a rectangular area of approximately 9.4 hectares that is bound by Commerce Avenue to the east and Green Avenue to the west. It runs from approximately Forrest Road to the north and Coombe Avenue to the south and incorporates the Armadale Train Station.
Amendment No.108 proposes to reintroduce the West of Rail and Railway Station Precincts into TPS No.4 re-establishing TPS No. 4 zonings for the normalised area, which are consistent with both the MRA’s planning framework and a concurrent MRS amendment. The TPS No. 4 text is also amended, to reference an amended version of the DevelopmentWA’s Structure Plan and to provide for an Additional Use protecting the use rights on one specific property. Amendment No. 108 was gazetted on 28 July 2020.
At its meeting of 23 September 2019 Council provided in-principle support for normalisation of the Developer Contribution Plan which DevelopmentWA is operating in this precinct, subject to certain requirements. It will be necessary to review the existing DevelopmentWA DCP, and details about that review will be posted when they become available.
Amendment No. 108 will not take effect until the precinct is normalised by DevelopmentWA. Until normalisation, planning applications will continue to be assessed by DevelopmentWA under the Armadale Redevelopment Scheme 2. Further details about Amendment No. 108 are downloadable below. DevelopmentWA’s target date for normalisation of this Precinct is currently being revised and is likely to be sometime early in 2021, with a confirmed date will be published when available.
DevelopmentWA has indicated its intention to normalise Wungong Urban Water, which is a large Redevelopment area comprising the suburbs of Hilbert, Haynes and the portion of Wungong west of the railway line.
Normalisation of the DevelopmentWA’s Wungong area is currently programmed for March 2021. Current normalisation activities include the preparation of an amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme and a review of the Developer Contribution Plan.
At its meeting of 25 May 2020 Council adopted an amendment to Local Planning Policy PLN 3.10 - Residential Design Codes Variation which provides for use of the R-MD Codes in Wungong post-normalisation, in order to maintain the status quo and eliminate the administrative burden of assessing/administering individual LDPs. More information can be downloaded below.
The remaining DevelopmentWA Redevelopment Precincts are Kelmscott, Champion Lakes and Forrestdale Business Park West. These Precincts are likely to be normalised in future years and future information will be provided at the time.