Improvement plans and schemes

Improvement plans and schemes allow the State Government to become the planning authority for a particular area of land with the intention to advance its planning and development.

Improvement plans

Improvement plans are strategic instruments used to facilitate the development of land in areas identified by the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) as requiring special planning.  The WAPC can recommend to the Minister for Planning that an improvement plan is made “for the purpose of advancing the planning, development and use” of land.

An improvement plan that authorises the making of an improvement scheme must set out the objectives of the scheme.

Active improvement plans

Anketell Strategic Industrial Area (Regional IP4)

Improvement plan 42 has been prepared following consultation with the City of Karratha.

The improvement plan area comprises the Anketell Strategic Industrial Area, as depicted on Western Australian Planning Commission Plan Numbered 3.2621. 

Anketell Strategic Industrial Area Improvement Plan

Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area (Regional IP3)

Improvement Plan 41 has been prepared following consultation with the Shire of Ashburton.

The Improvement Plan area comprises the Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area, as depicted on Western Australian Planning Commission Plan Numbered 3.2615.

Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area Improvement Plan

Bennett Springs East

The purpose of this Improvement Plan is for advancing the planning, development and use of the land in the Bennett Springs East area.

It is hereby notified for public information that the Western Australian Planning Commission, acting pursuant to part 8 of the Planning and Development Act 2005, has certified and recommended that, for the purpose of advancing the planning, development and use of the land described below, it should be made the subject of Improvement Plan No. 55 - Bennett Springs East. 

The Improvement Plan No. 55 area comprises the land depicted on Western Australian Planning Commission plan numbered 3.2773. 

The purpose of this improvement plan is to enable a coordinated approach to planning and development at Bennett Springs East, ensure that rail infrastructure is delivered in an efficient manner and to facilitate future development of a contemporary transit oriented development in the surrounding precinct. 

The recommendation has been accepted by the Minister for Planning and the Governor. 

Improvement Plan No. - 55 Bennett Springs East is effective on and from the date of this gazettal. 

A copy of Improvement Plan No. 55 can be viewed at: 

  1. Western Australian Planning Commission, 140 William Street, Perth 
  2. City of Swan 
  3. J S Battye Library, Alexander Library building, Francis Street, Northbridge. 

Browse Liquefied Natural Gas Precinct (Regional IP1)

Improvement Plan No.37 – Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Precinct applies to land approximately 60 kilometres north of Broome, on the West Kimberley coast of Western Australia.

An Improvement Plan, which will guide and regulate the development of the Browse LNG Precinct has been finalised by the Western Australian Planning Commission and was gazetted on 29 January 2013.

What happens next?

The Improvement Plan will guide the preparation of a Draft Improvement Scheme for the Browse LNG Precinct, to provide a regulatory framework that will enable efficient approvals processes.

An improvement Scheme will identify appropriate land uses within specific areas of the Browse LNG Precinct, and surrounding buffer zones, along with the road layout and/or movement network, corridor layout and physical infrastructure (e.g. gas pipelines, drainage, water supply).

The planning requirements outlined in the scheme will be additional to environmental and heritage conditions and approvals.

When the draft Improvement Scheme has been considered and accepted by the WAPC, it will be advertised for public comment for 90 days. During this period relevant Government agencies and the Shire of Broome will also consider and advise on the Scheme.

After consultation with the Shire of Broome, public comment and advice of other agencies has been considered and incorporated, and the Scheme has been adopted – all proposals for development in the Precinct will be required to conform with the Improvement Scheme. 

Browse Liquefied Natural Gas Precinct Improvement Plan

Cockburn Coast Precinct

Improvement Plan 33

The purpose of this improvement plan is to resolve current and future land use planning conflicts.

This improvement plan incorporates the dry land area in North Coogee, to the immediate north of Port Coogee, and will allow the WAPC to initiate a district structure plan, which will guide long-term land use and infrastructure planning for the region.

Ellenbrook

Improvement plan No. 27 will act as a strategic planning and development instrument for the Ellenbrook area.

Huntingdale

Improvement Plan No. 29 will act as a strategic planning and development instrument for the Huntingdale area.

Kwinana-East Rockingham industrial area

Improvement plan No. 14 will act as a strategic planning and development instrument for the Kwinana-East Rockingham industrial area.

Kwinana East Rockingham Industrial Area Improvement Plan

Lissiman Street Precinct

The Improvement Plan No. 39 will create a mechanism for the co-ordinated regeneration of the site in accordance with existing City of Gosnells Town Planning Scheme No. 6 provisions.

The Improvement Plan relates to a part of the Gosnells Town Centre known as the Lissiman Street Precinct (the Precinct), which is bound by Lissiman Street to the west, Albany Highway to the east, Fremantle Road to the north and Dorothy Street to the south and situated adjacent to the Gosnells Railway Station.

Maitland Strategic Industrial Area

Improvement plan 44 has been prepared following consultation with the City of Karratha.

The improvement plan area comprises the Maitland Strategic Industrial Area, as shown on Western Australian Planning Commission Plan Numbered 3.2679.

Maitland Strategic Industrial Area Improvement Plan

Mandogalup

The purpose of Improvement Plan 47 is to advance the planning, development and use of the land as depicted on Western Australian Planning Commission Plan Numbered 3.2715.

Establishing an improvement plan for the subject area is an important step forward for providing a strategic and statutory land use planning framework that will enable the Western Australian Planning Commission to assess future land use proposals. Stakeholder engagement with landowners, local government, industry and peak bodies will be a crucial part of delivering the framework.

Middleton Beach Activity Centre (Regional IP2)

Improvement Plan No. 40 will act as a strategic planning and development instrument for the redevelopment of the Middleton Beach Activity Centre precinct.

Improvement Plan No. 40 is enacted to advance planning and development of land within the Middleton Activity Centre precinct, including the former Esplanade Hotel site, conferring on the Commission the authority to undertake the necessary tasks to plan for and progress redevelopment of the area on behalf of the Western Australian State Government.

Improvement Plan No. 40 applies to the area depicted on the above document as bound by Adelaide Crescent, Marine Terrace, Barnett Street, Flinders Parade and Marine Drive at Middleton Beach, Albany.

Northbridge urban renewal strategy

Improvement plan No. 28 will act as a strategic planning and development instrument for the Northbridge area.

Northbridge Urban Renewal Strategy Area Improvement Plan

Ocean Reef Marina

The purpose of this improvement plan is to guide development in the area to give effect to the strategic planning objectives for the Ocean Reef Marina area.

It is hereby notified for public information that the Western Australian Planning Commission, acting pursuant to part 8 of the Planning and Development Act 2005, has certified and recommended that, for the purpose of advancing the planning, development and use of the land described below, it should be made the subject of Improvement Plan No. 51: Ocean Reef Marina.

The Improvement Plan is located within the City of Joondalup and is approximately 24 km northwest of the Perth CBD. The land is located on the coastal foreshore and approximately 6 km west of the Joondalup city centre, 9 km north of Hillary’s Boat Harbour and 12 km south of Mindarie Marina. The project area includes the existing Ocean Reef Boat Harbour, as depicted on Western Australian Planning Commission plan numbered 3.2738.

The purpose of this improvement plan is to provide a statutory land use planning framework to guide development in the area to give effect to the strategic planning objectives for the Ocean Reef Marina.

The recommendation has been accepted by the Minister for Planning and the Governor.

Improvement Plan No. 51: Ocean Reef Marina is effective on and from the date of this gazettal being 31 December 2019.

A copy of Improvement Plan 51 can be viewed online above or at:

  1. Western Australian Planning Commission, 140 William Street, Perth
  2. City of Joondalup
  3. J S Battye Library

Perth Waterfront

Improvement Plan No. 35 will act as a strategic planning and development instrument for the Perth Waterfront area.

Port Coogee

Improvement plan No. 26 will act as a strategic planning and development instrument for the Port Coogee area.

Port Hedland West End Improvement Scheme no.1

The key objective of the Improvement Scheme is to implement the State Government’s response to the Port Hedland Dust Management Taskforce Report to Government (2016).

The Port Hedland West End Improvement Scheme No. 1 applies to land west of Taplin Street in Port Hedland, as depicted on Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) plan numbered 3.2753. 

Improvement Scheme Documents

Port Hedland West End Improvement Scheme No. 1 Text
Port Hedland West End Improvement Scheme No. 1 Improvement Scheme Policy No. 1 - West End Precincts

Land use framework

The Port Hedland West End Improvement Scheme No. 1 (the Scheme) provides land use and development controls over the scheme area, including powers for the WAPC to determine development applications, prepare policies, structure plans, and local development plans. 

The land use planning framework for the Scheme is provided by: 

Scheme Report - Port Hedland West End Improvement Scheme No. 1
Appendix 1 - Port Hedland Air Quality Health Risk Assessment for Particulate Matter
Appendix 2 Port Hedland Dust Management Taskforce Report to Government

Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital

The Improvement Plan will act as the strategic planning and development instrument for delivery of the subsequent Improvement Scheme for the SPRH site.

The subject site is located within the suburb of Shenton Park. The site is approximately 16 hectares in size and is bounded by Selby Street to the east and Lemnos Street to the south, as depicted on Western Australian Planning Commission plan numbered 3.2622.

The purpose of this improvement plan is to develop the Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital (SPRH) site into the Shenton Park Urban Village in a co-ordinated manner recognising its significant landholding that requires careful planning, design, consolidated, re-subdivided, cleared, developed, reconstructed, or rehabilitated land. 

Improvement Plan No. 43 - Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital
Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital Improvement Plan Map

Stirling City Centre

The amended improvement plan comprises the land formerly contained in Improvement Plan 36 known as Stirling City Centre.

The text of the Improvement Plan is expanded to include provisions for the making of an Improvement Scheme over the land depicted on Western Australian Planning Commission plan numbered 1.7155.

The recommendation has been accepted by the Minister for Planning and His Excellency the Governor.  The amended Improvement Plan 36 is effective on and from 27 August 2013.

Wattleup and Hope Valley townsites

Improvement Plan No. 31 will act as a strategic planning and development instrument for the Wattleup and Hope Valley townsites.

Wattleup and Hope Valley Townsites Improvement Plan

West Ellenbrook

The purpose of this improvement plan is to guide development in the area to give effect to the strategic planning objectives for the West Ellenbrook area.

It is hereby notified for public information that the Western Australian Planning Commission, acting pursuant to part 8 of the Planning and Development Act 2005, has certified and recommended that, for the purpose of advancing the planning, development and use of the land described below, it should be made the subject of Improvement Plan No. 52: West Ellenbrook.

The Improvement Plan 52 site adjoins the western extent of Ellenbrook and includes Drumpellier Drive. The northern and western boundary of the site is the Northlink road reserve. The southern boundary of the site includes Gnangara Road, as depicted on Western Australian Planning Commission plan numbered 3.2739.

The purpose of this improvement plan is to provide a statutory land use planning framework to guide development in the area to give effect to the strategic planning objectives for the West Ellenbrook area.

The recommendation has been accepted by the Minister for Planning and the deputy of the Governor as per signed Exco minute.

Improvement Plan 52: West Ellenbrook is effective on and from the date of gazettal being 11 October 2019.

A copy of Improvement Plan 52 can be viewed at:

  1. Western Australian Planning Commission, 140 William Street, Perth
  2. City of Swan
  3. J S Battye Library

Improvement Scheme aims 

The Port Hedland West Improvement Scheme was gazetted 18 September 2020 and is now the operative planning scheme for the West End of Port Hedland. The Town of Port Hedland’s local planning scheme now ceases to apply to land within the improvement Scheme area. 

The aims of the Scheme are to: 

  • provide a statutory planning instrument through which to implement the strategic planning framework and effectively guide the preparation of statutory plans, statutory referral documentation and policy (as may be required) to facilitate orderly and proper planning of the Scheme area 
  • implement the State Government response to the Port Hedland Dust Management Taskforce Report to Government (2016) to prohibit sensitive land uses and restrict population growth in the West End of Port Hedland, by prohibiting: 
    • new residential development 
    • development intended for use either exclusively or primarily by sensitive groups, including aged care, child care, and medical facilities
  • facilitate opportunities for investment and development of quality built form and public place design across the Scheme area and public foreshore reserve interfaces that recognise the iconic location and heritage significance of Port Hedland’s West End. 
  • provide a strategic planning framework to determine future land uses, considering all land use options, that takes into consideration physical, economic, social, and environment factors. 

Implementation 

The finalisation of the Scheme means that the WAPC is now the responsible authority for the assessment of development applications. 

The Scheme Text sets out: 

  • the planning framework for Port Hedland’s West End 
  • zones and use of land 
  • general development requirements 
  • requirement for development approval 
  • applications for development approval 
  • procedure for dealing with applications for development approval 
  • bushfire risk management 
  • enforcement and administration. 

Lodging an application for development approval 

The Lodging an application for development approval page contains the application form, information and tools required to guide you through making an application online. 

Improvement schemes

Improvement schemes are similar instruments to local planning schemes (LPS). They contain development control provisions regarding the scheme area and are prepared in the same manner as an LPS but do not need to comply with the MST.

The Minister considers an improvement scheme and can either approve or refuse a proposal, or direct the WAPC to make modifications before resubmitting a scheme for approval.

An improvement scheme comes into effect when it is published in the Gazette. An improvement scheme overrides the local planning scheme in the subject area.

These planning instruments are explained under Part 8 of the Planning and Development Act 2005.

Page reviewed 11 October 2021