A number of different ODPs had been prepared for the West Canning Vale area over the years. Council originally considered an ODP in August 2002 and 8 July 2003. The main challenges of previous ODPs have related to planning for the environmental assets of the area. The previous ODP was not supported by the Environmental Protection Authority and the Western Australian Planning Commission

Council at its meeting of 10 August 2004 considered the current draft ODP for the West Canning Vale area as being satisfactory for the purposes of advertising.

The proposed ODP was advertised for 28 days and notification letters, including relevant information were sent to all landowners, neighbouring residents and relevant government agencies.

During the advertising period a landowner information evening was held, which was attended by 19 people including landowners and Councillors. City staff and planning consultants, Roberts Day, were available to take questions.