Property owners, developers and anyone with an interest in future development in the City of Gosnells can have their say on the City’s new draft Local Planning Scheme 24 (LPS 24) and Local Planning Strategy.

People have until Tuesday 26 May to lodge a submission regarding the two significant planning documents.

LPS 24 will control the way land is used and developed in the City, while the Strategy sets out the objectives for LPS 24.

The City is hosting two community information sessions to provide details of the potential impacts of these documents.

The first information session, at the Civic Centre in Gosnells on Thursday 26 March, will provide general information about the Strategy and LPS 24. The second session, at Mills Park in Beckenham on Thursday 2 April, will specifically address proposed changes relating to Rural zones focused on the suburbs of Martin and Orange Grove. 

Mayor David Goode said reviews of the Local Planning Strategy and Scheme had prompted a number of important amendments to account for our changing environment and the way we live and do business. 

“The new LPS 24 will guide the way land is used and developed in the future and allows a coordinated approach to that development,” he said.

“The new Strategy provides a vision to meet the future needs of the community and supports LPS 24.

“Community input will help us ensure LPS 24 and the Strategy are effective and enable the City to manage future land use, as well as environmental, lifestyle and economic factors.

“I urge landowners and other interested community members to come along to an information session. Anyone with concerns or queries can also talk to a City Councillor or contact City planning staff.”

Key changes of LPS 24 include:

  • An increase in the minimum residential density code from R17.5 to R20 in many residential areas across the City. This means that people with lots over 900m2 can apply to the Western Australian Planning Commission to subdivide the property into two lots.
  • Increases in the residential density around activity centres and train stations. The aim is to increase housing options, improve affordability and encourage the use of public transport by reducing car dependency and providing jobs closer to home.
  • New development requirements relating to split residential densities and minimum densities. This will ensure that land near railway stations and activity centres is not under-developed with low density housing.
  • New minimum lot sizes and land use control in quarry buffer areas. A minimum lot size of 1ha will apply to most land in the foothills area zoned Rural or Rural Residential. A special control area, with a 1km buffer, has been established around the quarries in Orange Grove and Martin. Another important change is that Places of Public Worship will no longer be permitted in the Rural Residential zone, to preserve the amenity and lifestyle of the foothills area. However, Places of Public Worship are permitted in all other areas within the City, other than Industrial zoned land.
  • New terminology as established by the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015. These Regulations establish terminology to be included in the Scheme. For example, General Industry will be known as Industry and Special Rural will become Rural Residential.

A drop-in Community Information Session will be held on Thursday 26 March, from 11am – 7pm, at the City of Gosnells Civic Centre Function Room, 2120 Albany Highway, Gosnells, where community members can speak with City Planning Officers about how LPS 24 and the Local Planning Strategy may impact their property or other areas of interest.

Another Community Information Session will be held on Thursday 2 April, from 6pm – 7pm, at Mills Park Centre, Brixton Street, Beckenham, to outline the specific changes relating to Rural land, predominantly located in Martin and Orange Grove.

For more information about LPS 24, the Local Planning Strategy and how to lodge a submission, please visit the City’s website, email, visit the City’s Civic Centre at 2120 Albany Highway, Gosnells, or phone 9397 3000.


Event details – Community Information Session 1 (Drop-in)

Date:               Thursday 26 March               

Time:               11am – 7pm (drop-in anytime)                      

Location:         Civic Centre Function Room, 2120 Albany Highway, Gosnells       

Event details – Community Information Session 2 (Rural and Rural Residential presentation)

Date:               Thursday 2 April

Time:               6pm – 7pm

Location:         Mills Park Centre, Brixton Street, Beckenham