An inaugural Local Planning Strategy and accompanying new Local Planning Scheme is expected to open Bunbury to more diverse development and drive growth over the next 20 years once adopted following its public consultation period.
Key elements of the draft Local Planning Scheme No. 8 (LPS8), which has been formulated by the City over a period of several years, include greater opportunities for living and working within walking distance and expanding the city centre to engage with its ‘three waters’ of the Indian Ocean, Leschenault Inlet and Koombana Bay.
Under the new Scheme, the development potential of Bunbury’s city centre will be unlocked by the ability to double the available floor space for commercial and high density residential development throughout the new ‘Regional Centre Zone’. More mixed use, such as commercial space on a lower floor with residential above, is also being promoted through two new mixed use zones.
There is also a range of new land uses designed to encourage innovative development based on sound planning and urban design principles.
The Local Planning Strategy will also be an important tool that will guide the implementation of the new Scheme and the city’s development over the next 20 years. Other key elements of the Scheme include:
- A new ‘Light Industry Zone’ that promotes cleaner, high-tech industrial parks;
- A new ‘Mixed Use - Tourism Zone’ that encourages both tourism and lifestyle opportunities for mixed use development along Ocean Drive and other key sites;
- A more sustainable future through the introduction of conservation initiatives such as a new Conservation Reserve and the Bushland Areas Special Control Area, which promotes the achievement of biodiversity targets in the city; and
- New land use zones that set out robust architecture to deal more effectively with the challenges of emerging economic activities while better addressing land use conflict.
The draft Strategy and Scheme were advertised for public comment from Wednesday, 14 September to Friday, 16 December 2016.
All submissions have now been reviewed and a number of modifications are recommended to the draft Strategy and Scheme documents to address issues raised in submissions. Any proposed modifications are outlined in the Schedule of Submissions and Schedule of Modifications.
The documents are included in a Council agenda item report entitled ‘Adoption of Draft City of Bunbury Local Planning Strategy and Draft City of Bunbury Local Planning Scheme No. 8’, which will be considered by Council in the round of meetings held on 26 April 2017 and 2 May 2017.