Structure Plans & Local Development Plans

Development and subdivision of land in the City of Albany may be subject to controls defined in Structure Plans, Activity Centre Plans or Local Development Plans.

Structure Plans, Activity Centre Plans and Local Development Plans are typically proposed by the owner of land and lodged with the City. The City is then responsible for advertising the proposal and assessing it, taking into account any submissions received during the advertising process. In the case of Structure Plans and Activity Centre Plans, Council then makes a recommendation to the Western Australian Planning Commission on whether or not the plan should be approved. The Western Australian Planning Commission makes the final determination on the plan. Council is responsible for making the final determination on whether or not a Local Development Plan should be approved.

Please note that due to recent regulatory changes, any adopted 'Outline Development Plans', 'Subdivision Guide Plans', or 'Development Guide Plans' are now referred to as Structure Plans. Similarly, plans that were formerly referred to as 'Detailed Area Plans' are now referred to as Local Development Plans.

Should you have any queries or require further information in relation to Structure Plans, Activity Centre Plans or Local Development Plans, please contact our Planning Team on (08) 9841 9333 or via e-mail on planning@albany.wa.gov.au.

For more detail see The Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015  - Refer to Schedule 2

Structure Plans

Structure Plans guide the subdivision and zoning of land zoned Residential, Industry, Special Residential, Rural Residential and Conservation.

A Structure Plan provides a basis for zoning (including residential density) and subdivision of land. A structure plan may be prepared where:

  • An area is identified in a Local Planning Scheme as being suitable for urban development (through the 'Future Urban' zone);
  • An area is identified in a Local Planning Scheme as requiring a Structure Plan prior to subdivision or development of the land;
  • It is a requirement of a State Planning Policy; or
  • It is required by the Western Australian Planning Commission for orderly and proper planning purposes.

Structure Plans are not intended to determine built form. However, the local government and the Western Australian Planning Commission do need to consider whether the proposed lots are capable of being developed for their intended use, in accordance with the Local Planning Scheme and the Residential Design Codes. If guidelines on built form are required for specific sites within the Structure Plan area, Local Planning policies or Local Development Plans are to be prepared.

The following plans apply:

Modified Local Structure Plan Lots 1, 2 and 3 South Coast Highway McKail

East Gledhow Outline Development Plan Southern Catchment

Planning: Structure Plan for McKail Structure Plan (Boundary St, Le Grande Ave, Flemington St) Policy

Planning: Little Grove Structure Plan Policy

Planning: South Lockyer Structure Plan Policy

Planning Report - Kalgan Rural Village Structure Plan (completed and endorsed)

Planning: Kalgan Rural Village Structure Plan Policy (Extract)

Planning: Catalina - Outline Development Plan Policy

Planning: Brooks Garden - Outline Development Plan Policy

Planning: Interim Outline Development Plan - Bayonet Head Policy

Planning: Big Grove Outline Development Plan Policy

Planning: Outline Development Plan - Silver Street, Costigan Street, Le Grande Avenue and Junction Street, McKail

Planning: Outline Development Plan - Morgan Place Policy

Planning: North McKail Structure Plan Policy

Planning: Pendeen Industrial Area Structure Plan Policy

Planning: Yakamia/Lange Structure Plan 2015 Policy

Yakamia Lange Structure Plan (2015) - Appendix 3 Road Contribution

Activity Centre Plans

Activity Centre Plans are designed to guide the future subdivision, zoning and development of activity centres. An activity centre is a community focal point that may include commercial and retail development, higher density housing, entertainment uses, civic buildings and/or higher education institutions.

An Activity Centre Plan guides the types of land uses and the overall development (including the built form) that is intended to occur within the activity centre. It can also detail land use and infrastructure requirements, environmental assets, residential amenity, infrastructure and access arrangements.

Local Development Plans

Local Development Plans set out specific and detailed guidance for the future development of certain sites, including the site requirements and development standards that will apply. A Local Development Plan may also exempt certain types of development from requiring development approval from the local government, where the criteria set out in the plan can be met.

A Local Development Plan is typically put in place due to the special characteristics of a site and will often guide the overall development (including the built form) that is intended to occur on the site. It can also detail environmental assets, residential amenity, infrastructure and access arrangements.

Planning: Detailed Area Plans Policy

Local Development Plan 1 - Lots 1 & 2 Frenchman Bay Road

Planning: Local Development Plan, 35 Catalina Road, Lot 1005 Lange Policy

Planning: Local Development Plan No. 3 Lots 204-206 Celestial Pde and Lots 207-209 Pegasus Blvd, McKail Policy

Local Development Plan 6 Lots 213, 214 & 215 Spencer Street, Albany

Local Development Plan 7 - Lot 104 Rocky Crossing Road, Willyung

Albany Waterfront

The City of Albany's vision for the Albany Waterfront is to actively link the CBD to Princess Royal Harbour by providing a people-focused development with a strong sense of vibrancy and excitement, and with a unique combination of entertainment, accommodation and mixed-use buildings facing a wide waterside promenade overlooking an active public marina.

Further information can be viewed on the Landcorp website.

Albany Waterfront Planning Framework Report

Middleton Beach Design Guidelines

The City of Albany adopted the Middleton Beach Design Guidelines Policy on 23 October 2018.

The Design Guidelines have been prepared to guide development and built form within the Middleton Beach Activity Centre Precinct.

Middleton Beach Design Guidelines Policy