FAQs: Floreat Precinct Structure Plan

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Floreat Precinct Structure Plan

In response to recent community interest and to assist with the Town’s visioning engagement activities with the community, the Town has prepared responses to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Floreat Precinct Structure Plan. These FAQs may be updated as new information comes to hand.

What is a Precinct Structure Plan?

A Precinct Structure Plan is a planning document that provides a high-level framework for guiding how an area will be planned and could be developed in the future. This includes the zoning, subdivision and development, as well as design criteria for future development.

A Precinct Structure Plan is not the same as a Development Application.

Once a Precinct Structure Plan is endorsed for Floreat, development application/s would still be required for any development and works. These applications are assessed against the endorsed Precinct Structure Plan. Generally, developments of a large scale are determined by the State Government through the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) or State Development Assessment Unit (SDAU).

Precinct Structure Plans are prepared in line with the State Government’s State Planning Policy 7.2 – Precinct Design and follow a standard style and template in accordance with that policy and the new WA Planning Manual – Guidance for Structure Plans.

Although a Precinct Structure Plan may include illustrations showing buildings, these are not always based on the controls proposed by the Precinct Structure Plan and are only for context. They are not necessarily representative of the building designs that may eventuate through a Development Application.

Has a Precinct Structure Plan been lodged with the Town?

Yes, The owners of the Floreat Forum (APIL) have prepared a Precinct Structure Plan for the Floreat Activity Centre and lodged it with the Town in February 2024, however, the Precinct Structure Plan has not yet been accepted (refer to the process below) by the Town.  In March the Town advised APIL and their consultants that further information was required before the PSP could be accepted by the Town for public advertising and assessment. 

Who is preparing the Precinct Structure Plan?

The owners of the Floreat Forum (APIL) have prepared a Precinct Structure Plan for the Floreat Activity Centre and lodged it with the Town. A Precinct Structure Plan may be prepared by the local government, a landowner within the precinct or an agent on behalf of a landowner within the precinct.  The Town is also preparing its own Precinct Structure Plan for the Floreat Activity Centre.  The community feedback gathered through our visioning workshops and open session will be used by the Town to develop our own Precinct Structure Plan and when the Town assesses the APIL Precinct Structure Plan. 

Why is a Precinct Structure Plan being prepared for the Floreat Forum locality?

The State Government’s State Planning Framework (namely State Planning Policy 4.2 - Activity Centres) identifies and provides guidance on Activity Centres with different hierarchies within the Perth metropolitan area. Floreat is one of many ‘district’ level Activity Centres in the Perth metropolitan area.

The Town’s Local Planning Strategy defines the Floreat Activity Centre area. A key action of the Town’s Local Planning Strategy is for a Precinct Structure Plan to be prepared for the Floreat Activity Centre.

How will the Precinct Structure Plan impact my property?

If your property is located within the Precinct Structure Plan area, the requirements of a Precinct Structure Plan will apply to your property. As APIL’s Precinct Structure Plan has not yet been advertised or assessed, and the Town’s Precinct Structure Plan is being developed, the specific requirements proposed in a Precinct Structure Plan over the area have not been determined yet. It is difficult to say what impact a Precinct Structure Plan may have on individual properties at this point in time.

There are opportunities throughout the process of assessment of APIL’s Precinct Structure Plan and the development of the Town’s Precinct Structure Plan where you can make comments and provide feedback on the draft Precinct Structure Plan/s and the impact your property.

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Figure: Extract of Floreat Activity Centre from Town’s Local Planning Strategy
Note – previously, a precinct structure plan was referred to as an ‘activity centre plan’.
 

What is the process of a Precinct Structure Plan?

The State Government regulates the process that local governments must follow for Precinct Structure Plans. This is covered in Schedule 2 Part 4 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 and more succinctly summarised in the WA Planning Manual Guidance for Structure Plans.

In summary, the steps for a Precinct Structure Plan being lodged (i.e. a plan not prepared by the local government, such as APIL’s PSP), include:

  1. The proponent submits a Precinct Structure Plan to the local government;
  2. The local government has up to 28 days to confirm that the Precinct Structure Plan contains sufficient information and is in the required ‘manner and form’. In the event there is insufficient information, additional time may be required. Note:  The Town has advised APIL and their consultants that additional information is required for their Precinct Structure Plan.
  3. After 14 days from receipt of the additional information, if the Precinct Structure Plan’s ‘manner and form’ meets the minimum requirements, the local government must ‘accept’ the Precinct Structure Plan for lodgement and must proceed to advertise the Precinct Structure Plan to the public within 28 days of accepting the Plan.
  4. The Town must advertise a Precinct Structure Plan for a minimum 42 days.  At this point in time, community members are able to provide specific feedback on the proposed Precinct Structure Plan.
  5. Following advertising of the Precinct Structure Plan, the local government then undertakes an assessment. The assessment considers the submissions received during the advertising period and the local government Administration prepares a report to Council which includes a recommendation. Council then makes a recommendation on whether or not to support the Precinct Structure Plan and forwards this to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). The WAPC is the decision making authority for Precinct Structure Plans.
  6. The WAPC will then consider the Precinct Structure Plan for approval. The WAPC will take into consideration the local government’s report, submissions made during the advertising period, and the state and local planning framework in making its decision.

In summary, the steps for the Town’s Precinct Structure Plan being prepared, include:

  1. Procurement for consultancy services to prepare the Town’s Precinct Structure Plan.
  2. Development of the Precinct Structure Plan and the several supporting technical studies required for a Precinct Structure Plan. The development phase includes liaising and seeking input from relevant stakeholders.
  3. Council support to advertise the draft Precinct Structure Plan for public comment.
  4. The Town review submissions and prepare a report to the WAPC for recommendation to approve the Precinct Structure Plan.
  5. The WAPC review the Town’s submitted Precinct Structure Plan and consider whether to modify (which may require re-advertising), approve or refuse the Precinct Structure Plan.   
What is the Town’s role?

In the case of APIL’s Precinct Structure Plan, the Town's role is to assess the Precinct Structure Plan in accordance with the provisions of State Planning Policy 7.2 – Precinct Design. A large part of the Town’s role is also consulting with key stakeholders and our community (which is one of the purposes of our visioning workshops and open session). The Town's Administration will then provide a report to Council, which then makes a recommendation to the WAPC (who is the final determining authority).

The advertising of APIL’s Precinct Structure Plan does not indicate any formal support of the proposed Precinct Structure Plan by the Town or the WAPC.

In the case of the Town’s Precinct Structure Plan, the Town is to develop and progress the Precinct Structure Plan in line with the process detailed above.

How many more dwellings are expected in the area?

The Town’s Local Planning Strategy estimates the Floreat Activity Centre should cater for 900 to 1250 new dwellings to meet the density targets set by the State Government and provide for 11,000m2 of employment floorspace.

What if I am concerned about change in the Floreat area?

The Town is holding community engagement sessions in February and March 2024 to provide an opportunity for the community to voice their views and aspirations for the Floreat Activity Centre. The outcomes of this engagement will help inform the Town’s Administration and Council on the community’s views when responding to APIL’s Precinct Structure Plan and in the development of the Town’s own Precinct Structure Plan for the area.

A Precinct Structure Plan is only required for the Activity Centre area (inclusive of the Frame) defined in the Town’s Local Planning Strategy. There will be an opportunity for the community to provide comments on APIL’s draft Precinct Structure Plan during the public advertising period, which is yet to be determined. The Town strongly encourages the community to raise any comments and concerns in a submission when APIL’s Precinct Structure Plan is advertised.

Once developed and supported by the Council for advertising, the Town’s draft Precinct Structure Plan will also be advertised for public comment and the community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the Town’s draft plan.   

How long will the Precinct Structure Plan take to prepare?

The process of a Precinct Structure Plan from lodgement with the local government to final approval by the WAPC varies greatly, however it is expected to be at least a 9 month process.  The process for the Town to develop their own Precinct Structure Plan and provide it to the WAPC for approval also varies greatly, but is expected to be at least 12 to 18 months. 

Who will make the final decision?

The final decision for the Floreat Precinct Structure Plan will be made by the WAPC. In relation to APIL’s Precinct Structure Plan, the Town, via a Council resolution, can only provide a recommendation to the WAPC for final approval.  The WAPC will make the final decision in relation to the Town’s own Precinct Structure Plan once we provide it to them for final approval. 

How can I be involved?

The Town is engaging with the community with the visioning workshops and open session in February and March 2024. The workshops and open session are independent of the consultation requirements that will be undertaken for APIL’s Floreat Precinct Structure Plan once it has been accepted for public advertising.   The feedback gathered in the workshops and open session will be used by the Town in our assessment and recommendation of APIL’s Precinct Structure Plan and in the development of the Town’s own Precinct Structure Plan.

You can get involved in the process for both APIL and the Town’s Floreat Precinct Structure Plans through:

  • Participating in the open session: Attend the open information session on 21 March to provide input and feedback.
  • Staying Informed: Follow updates on the Town’s website and register for CommunityConsultation email alerts.
  • Direct Communication: Send personal feedback or inquiries to mail@cambridge.wa.gov.au or phone (08) 9347 6000.
  • Public Advertising: Engage with formal public advertising of the draft Precinct Structure Plan and make a submission.