26 January 2023
Council resolved at its 12 December 2022 Ordinary Council Meeting to advertise the proposed Local Planning Policies that relate to outbuildings and other non-habitable outbuildings. These policies do not introduce greater restrictions, just more clarity and provisions around those wanting a to develop a larger shed.
Three new Local Planning Policies have been prepared.
The Policy objectives are:
•To establish maximum floor areas, heights and other specific provisions relating to outbuildings.
•To ensure the location, design, appearance, bulk and scale of outbuildings (and attached buildings) do not have an adverse amenity impact on adjoining properties or the area when viewed from public roads.
•To provide further guidance and consistency on the assessment of development applications for outbuildings.
•To facilitate the effective and timely processing of outbuilding applications where in accordance with this policy.
A Local Planning Policy is prepared to provide further guidance on a particular development matter and is given “due regard” by the local government with the assessment and decision making of development proposals. A Local Planning Policy is only applicable to the development application (planning) stage and does not apply to building permit applications.
Over time it was realised that there was a lack of planning guidance and suitable provisions regarding development proposals for outbuildings. The Shire’s Local Planning Scheme, which is the local legislative planning framework relied on for controlling development and land use, is not reflective or adequate for the specific development controls of outbuildings. Secondly the Residential Design Codes, which is a State Planning Policy that guides and controls residential development in residential areas over the State, is more tailored to urban areas and its outbuilding provisions are not reflective of the local characteristics of the Shire.
In response, three Local Planning Policies have been developed to better detail and deal with outbuildings and related buildings in the different zones across the Shire.
It is important to note that these policies do not introduce further restrictions than what is currently permitted, they do however, provide for some greater relaxation to requirements of height or floor area, subject to meeting provisions introduced in the draft policies.
Local Planning Policy (referred to as LPP02) deals with outbuildings and related buildings in zones that are subject to the Residential Design Codes, being the Residential and Town Centre zones.
Click here to view LPP02
Local Planning Policy (referred to as LPP03) deals with outbuildings and related buildings in zones that are subject to the Local Planning Scheme where they are specifically listed in Clause 5.18, being the Special Residential, Rural Residential, Rural Smallholdings and General Farming zones.
Click here to view LPP03
Local Planning Policy (referred to as LPP04) deals with outbuildings and related buildings in industrial and commercial zones that are subject to the Local Planning Scheme where they are not specifically listed in Clause 5.18, being the Town Centre (commercial development), Service Commercial, Neighbourhood Commercial, Marine-Based Industry, Light Industry, Heavy Industry and other zones (or reserves).
Click here to view LPPO4
The Shire welcomes public feedback on the draft Local Planning Policies.
For more detailed information on each Policy please click on the above links, or alternatively you can view the documents at the Shire’s reception, 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara.
If you wish to comment on the proposed Local Planning Policies, please make a written submission on or before Wednesday 15 February 2023. Submissions can be posted to Development Services, Shire of Irwin, PMB 21, Dongara WA 6525 or be emailed directly to the email address below.
Should you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Shire on 9927 0000 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To view the public notice click here