Review of Residential Character Study Area and Local Planning Policy 25 ‘Streetscape’

The Town is considering changes to its planning framework as it relates to development within the Residential Character Study Area (RCSA), a section of the Town located between Berwick Street and the railway line. A study commissioned by the Town in 2003 identified that the original dwellings located within the RCSA contribute to a unique, identifiable streetscape character that should be protected and maintained.

In 2017, the Town sought public comments in relation to Town Planning Scheme Amendment 73. Amendment 73 was proposed as a result of changes to State Planning legislation in 2015 which were considered to have the potential to erode the character of the streetscapes within the RCSA. It sought to introduce planning controls to retain the character of the RCSA. Significant community consultation was undertaken, with strong opinions being expressed both objecting to and supporting the amendment. Amendment 73 was ultimately refused by the Minister for Planning.

In 2018, the Town undertook further community engagement to understand the wishes of the community regarding residential character, and the retention of original dwellings and the design and appearance of development in the RCSA. Public submissions received in response to the consultation has been reviewed and summarised into the document called 'Consultation Summary Report'. in the document library.

What is happening now?

Element WA have prepared a draft RCSA Recommendation Report and snapshot, which has been uploaded in the document library. We are now seeking your feedback on these recommendations. Feedback received will be reviewed by Element and a final recommendation report will be presented to the Town.

How can I be involved or find out more information?

  • Review the draft Recommendation Report and snapshot document in the document library
  • Share your thoughts by completing the online comment form
  • Ask a question and we will respond
  • Contact the project team on 08 9311 8111
  • Read the information in the document library and FAQs

The Town is considering changes to its planning framework as it relates to development within the Residential Character Study Area (RCSA), a section of the Town located between Berwick Street and the railway line. A study commissioned by the Town in 2003 identified that the original dwellings located within the RCSA contribute to a unique, identifiable streetscape character that should be protected and maintained.

In 2017, the Town sought public comments in relation to Town Planning Scheme Amendment 73. Amendment 73 was proposed as a result of changes to State Planning legislation in 2015 which were considered to have the potential to erode the character of the streetscapes within the RCSA. It sought to introduce planning controls to retain the character of the RCSA. Significant community consultation was undertaken, with strong opinions being expressed both objecting to and supporting the amendment. Amendment 73 was ultimately refused by the Minister for Planning.

In 2018, the Town undertook further community engagement to understand the wishes of the community regarding residential character, and the retention of original dwellings and the design and appearance of development in the RCSA. Public submissions received in response to the consultation has been reviewed and summarised into the document called 'Consultation Summary Report'. in the document library.

What is happening now?

Element WA have prepared a draft RCSA Recommendation Report and snapshot, which has been uploaded in the document library. We are now seeking your feedback on these recommendations. Feedback received will be reviewed by Element and a final recommendation report will be presented to the Town.

How can I be involved or find out more information?

  • Review the draft Recommendation Report and snapshot document in the document library
  • Share your thoughts by completing the online comment form
  • Ask a question and we will respond
  • Contact the project team on 08 9311 8111
  • Read the information in the document library and FAQs

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  • Why do you not already have a Heritage list in place? I was informed of this by Minister Saffioti when I petitioned her for help to save the house on 932-934 Albany Hwy, see letter below. JffiL Minister for Transport; Planning Our Ref: 72-19871 Ms Marie Granaghan ballvweston@optusnet.com.au Dear Ms Granaghan COMMUNITY CONSULTATION FOR PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AT LOTS 551- 552 (NO. 932-934) ALBANY HIGHWAY, EAST VICTORIA PARK Thank you for your email of 12 June 2019 to the Hon Ben Wyatt MLA, Treasurer and Minister for Finance; Aboriginal Affairs; Lands regarding the above matter, which has been referred to the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, Minister for Planning for response with respect to the Planning portfolio. The Minister has asked that I respond on her behalf. I understand that the Town of Victoria Park (the Town) consulted the community on the proposed demolition of a 'Lodging House' and the construction of a mixed use development at the above address. However, the development application was later withdrawn by the applicant after the building was identified as a 'Single House' rather than a Lodging House. A demolition permit has now been issued by the Town. I am advised that the demolition of a Single House is exempt from development approval unless it is included on a heritage list that has been prepared in accordance with the Town of Victoria Park Local Planning Scheme No. 1 (LPS No. 1). The building is listed on the Town's Municipal Heritage Inventory (MHI) which encourages the building to be retained and conserved, however the Town has not prepared a heritage list. While I appreciate your concerns, the Minister for Planning is unable to intervene in this process. Accordingly, you may wish to encourage the Town to prepare a heritage list in accordance with LPS No. 1. I trust the above information is of assistance. Yours sincerely David McFerran Principal Policy Adviser 03 JUL 2019 Level 9, Dumas House, 2 Havelock Street, West Perth, Western Australia, 6005 Telephone: +61 8 6552 5500 Facsimile: +61 8 6552 5501 Email: minister.saffioti@dpc.wa.gov.au

    Marie asked 10 months ago

    The Town has had a Municipal Heritage Inventory (MHI) in place since 1998.  In lieu of then preparing a heritage list the Town elected to prepare the Residential Character Study (2003).  At this time, the Town was satisfied that this approach and the associated planning framework would provide adequate protection for those properties identified on the MHI.  This situation was altered with the State Government introducing the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 in October 2015, which removed the need for development approval for the demolition of single dwellings, unless on a heritage list, which as a result removed the level of protection that previously existed.


  • The Residential Character Study Map references an original dwelling as those built prior to 1960 however the FAQs state it those generally constructed pre-1945 and being the first dwelling constructed. Is the deciding factor whether it is orginal or whether it is considered to make a positive contribution to the streetscape due to its architectural form and character (meaning something that is not original but subsequently constructed pre-1960 is captured). Can you please clarify?

    SBA asked over 1 year ago

    The Map incorrectly references pre-1960, when it should in fact be pre-1945 as per the other consultation material.  It is understood that the mapping of ‘original dwellings’ involved both an assessment of the age of the dwelling and whether it was ‘original’ as well as whether the dwelling was still sufficiently intact to reflect the traditional character of the area.


  • What specific process did the Town undertake to determine which properties accommodated "original dwellings"?

    Oliver asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. 

    A physical survey was undertaken for the study area between September and December 2002.  Carried out on foot, the survey checked each street and property to ascertain whether the building or buildings appeared to be original and sufficiently intact to be capable of conveying the traditional character of the particular area.

    A further street by street survey was also undertaken in October and November 2008.

    The current plan indicating the location of the original dwellings in the Character Study Area was updated in 2010. As part of the work currently being undertaken, this map is being updated to reflect those original dwellings that have been demolished since 2010.

  • Does the area include Miller Street, Victoria Park

    Tracy asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Tracy. Yes, part of Miller Street is included in the study area. Please have a look at the Character Study map for the exact location.