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Character Areas and Heritage Areas - Draft Amended Local Planning Policy

The City is currently reviewing its Character Areas and Heritage Areas policy in order to provide a more efficient, fair process for establishing an area of ‘Character’. In addition to the changes to the policy, five new streets within West Perth have been recommended as Character Areas. These include:

  • Strathcona Street – between Newcastle Street and Carr Street
  • Florence Street – between Carr Street and Vincent Street
  • Hammond Street – between Florence Street and Charles Street
  • Ivy Street; and
  • Prospect Place – The Northern side of the street

What is a Character Area?

A Character Area is a collection of houses (street or suburb) that has aesthetic value to the community. It may also contain buildings that have designs that reflect the City’s development over time. The Character Area process is community guided and encourages us to think about what parts of the area are great. If successfully nominated and endorsed by the community, a Character Area will have an assessed level of character (Character Area Guideline) which will apply to that area for development that faces the street.

What does this mean for landowners within Character Area?

A Character Area is not a heritage area and will still allow options to develop your land.

Character Area designation and the associated guidelines are designed to complement the existing development requirements when you look to build on your land. They provide specific guidance on key elements that are valued by the community, and that the community would like to see supported. These elements can include encouraging low style fencing at the front of dwellings and/or car parking areas at the rear of dwellings.

As part of the Character Area process, some changes to development requirements are proposed. These are done to enhance desirable character elements within your street and are considered and determined in consultation with the community as part of the consultation process.

Should no changes be requested by the community as part of this consultation process, the draft guidelines will be recommended to be adopted by council at a later date.

Share your thoughts

We are keen to hear what our community thinks about the Draft Amended Policy.

To share your thoughts, fill out our quick online survey below. Alternatively, you can send your feedback to us directly at mail@vincent.wa.gov.au

The City will be holding a Community Forum on 22 September 2021 at Royal Park Hall (5.30pm to 6.30pm) with the nominated Character Areas to discuss the proposed guidelines and policy changes.


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For more information, contact Cameron Hartley on 9273 6000 or mail@vincent.wa.gov.au



Character Areas and Heritage Areas - Draft Amended Local Planning Policy

The City is currently reviewing its Character Areas and Heritage Areas policy in order to provide a more efficient, fair process for establishing an area of ‘Character’. In addition to the changes to the policy, five new streets within West Perth have been recommended as Character Areas. These include:

  • Strathcona Street – between Newcastle Street and Carr Street
  • Florence Street – between Carr Street and Vincent Street
  • Hammond Street – between Florence Street and Charles Street
  • Ivy Street; and
  • Prospect Place – The Northern side of the street

What is a Character Area?

A Character Area is a collection of houses (street or suburb) that has aesthetic value to the community. It may also contain buildings that have designs that reflect the City’s development over time. The Character Area process is community guided and encourages us to think about what parts of the area are great. If successfully nominated and endorsed by the community, a Character Area will have an assessed level of character (Character Area Guideline) which will apply to that area for development that faces the street.

What does this mean for landowners within Character Area?

A Character Area is not a heritage area and will still allow options to develop your land.

Character Area designation and the associated guidelines are designed to complement the existing development requirements when you look to build on your land. They provide specific guidance on key elements that are valued by the community, and that the community would like to see supported. These elements can include encouraging low style fencing at the front of dwellings and/or car parking areas at the rear of dwellings.

As part of the Character Area process, some changes to development requirements are proposed. These are done to enhance desirable character elements within your street and are considered and determined in consultation with the community as part of the consultation process.

Should no changes be requested by the community as part of this consultation process, the draft guidelines will be recommended to be adopted by council at a later date.

Share your thoughts

We are keen to hear what our community thinks about the Draft Amended Policy.

To share your thoughts, fill out our quick online survey below. Alternatively, you can send your feedback to us directly at mail@vincent.wa.gov.au

The City will be holding a Community Forum on 22 September 2021 at Royal Park Hall (5.30pm to 6.30pm) with the nominated Character Areas to discuss the proposed guidelines and policy changes.


Feedback has now closed.

For more information, contact Cameron Hartley on 9273 6000 or mail@vincent.wa.gov.au



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