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Have your say on proposed development applications

The following information is provided to assist you with making a submission regarding a proposed development application which is being advertised for comment.

Why does the City advertise proposed developments?

Affected parties are given the opportunity to provide comment on proposed developments when the City is required to exercise discretion in accordance with the City of Nedlands Town Planning Scheme No. 2 (TPS 2), related local planning/council policies and/or the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes).

Affected parties comprise neighbour(s) directly affected by the variation proposed (in the opinion of the City).

The City will have regard to the submission when making its decision in accordance with Schedule 2 Part 9 Clause 67 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.

Development applications that are compliant with TPS 2, related local planning/council policies and deemed-to-comply provisions of the R-Codes are determined by the City without advertising for comment.

Where can details regarding the proposed development be viewed?

Plans and other relevant information is available for public viewing during the advertising period only: 

a) On the development application section on the City’s website.

b) At the City’s Administration Offices, 71 Stirling Highway, Nedlands (cnr Smyth Road), between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

You may also contact the assessing planning officer if you have any questions on 9273 3500.

What should I include in my submission?

There is no set format for submissions. It may be an email or hand-written and can include attachments or photos.

Your submission should clearly state the reasons why you object to, or support, the development proposal. It should relate directly to the variation(s) proposed.

The City asks that you provide your name, postal address, property address and (if possible) your email address in the submission. 

Anonymous submissions will not be accepted by the City. Nor will the City reproduce any comments it considers offensive or defamatory. 

Your submission should be received by the City before the deadline given.

Will my details and comments be kept confidential?

A summary of the submitter’s comments may be made available to the applicant and owner of the development application. 

The submitter’s name and/or contact details will not to be made available to the applicant or the owner of the development application, other affected parties, the media and/or the general public.

If the application needs to be determined by Council, the submitter’s details will be included in the Councillors’ copies of the agenda on a confidential basis.

Would the City consider a petition regarding the proposed development?

The City will consider petitions that are received. However, petitions are required to be addressed to the CEO, indicate a lead petitioner and outline the names and property addresses of those signing the petition, as well as whether they are for or against the proposed development.

Only the lead petitioner will be advised of the outcome of the application. 

Will the proposed development be determined at a Council meeting?

If the proposed development needs to be determined at a Council meeting, you will be formally notified about the date, time and location of the meeting if you made a submission. You will also be informed about Council’s decision.

Can a submitter appeal the decision?

In Western Australia, third parties (such as neighbours affected by a proposed development) do not have the right to lodge an appeal with the State Administrative Tribunal.


Open for public comment: Draft Local Planning Policy – Exempt Development

In accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 Schedule 2, Part 2, Clause 4, the City of Nedlands is advertising draft Local Planning Policy – Exempt Development for public comment.

The policy specifies what forms, and under what circumstances, development will be exempt from requiring development approval. The intent of the policy is to reduce instances where the City receives a development application for structures that have no detrimental impact on the amenity of the locality.

The policy is available to view at the City of Nedlands administration building, both City libraries and online. Closing date for submissions is 2 February 2019.


Local Planning Policy – Reduction of Front Setbacks

In accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 Schedule 2, Part 2, Clause 5 (2), the City of Nedlands has amended Local Planning Policy – Reduction of Front Setbacks.

The policy establishes the circumstances when Council may exercise its discretion under Clause 5.3.3 of Town Planning Scheme No. 2 to reduce front setbacks.

The policy is in effect and available as part of the City’s Local Planning Policies located online. Copies can also be viewed at the City’s Administration Building located at 71 Stirling Highway, Nedlands.