PLANNING ADVICE & DESIGN Review

Planning Advice

The City can provide planning advice through the general enquiries process, by providing written planning advice or through a pre-lodgment meeting. 

General Planning Enquiries

An Urban Planner is available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) from 8:30am till 5:00pm to assist customers with general planning enquiries.

The Urban Planners can assist with general enquiries such as:

  • Land zoning;
  • Development application lodgement and process;
  • Statutory timeframes;
  • Community consultation requirements; and
  • General advice on local planning policy requirements.

The City will endeavour to provide you with as much information as possible however please be advised the Urban Planners cannot confirm if a departure to the statutory planning framework and/or a development application would be supported in the absence of a formal development application. This is because the City is required to review the proposal holistically and consider all elements of the proposed development.

The Urban Planner is available at the Main Administration Building, via Phone or email.

Address: 244 Vincent Street (corner of Loftus Street), Leederville, Western Australia, 6007

Phone: 08 9273 6000

Email: mail@vincent.wa.gov.au 

Written Planning Advice

The City can provide formal advice in writing in relation to a number of planning matters.

While the City will endeavour to provide you with as much information as possible and provide some direction as to whether a proposal could be improved, or areas to be considered, the City cannot:

  • Confirm whether or not a departure would or would not be supported in the absence of a formal development application;
  • Confirm whether a proposal would or would not be supported in the absence of a formal development application;
  • Undertake a full assessment of a proposal in the absence of a formal development application.

RELEVANT FORMS

Application for Written Planning Advice

Pre-Lodgement Meeting

The City of Vincent invites pre-lodgment meetings for all application types however please be mindful, general enquiries should be dealt with through the general enquiries process detailed above.

Depending on the application type, a pre-lodgement meeting can be held with an Urban Planner, Senior Urban Planner or Coordinator Planning Services. The purpose of pre-lodgement meetings are for the City’s officers to review the proposal, provide general advice, identify areas of improvement and to discuss the development application process. Pre-lodgement meetings will not confirm whether or not the City will support the proposal. 

To request a pre-lodgement meeting, please email mail@vincent.wa.gov.au requesting a meeting and including a copy of plans and a brief description of your proposal. 

Design Review Panel

The City encourages proponents to seek the advice of the Design Review Panel prior to formal lodgement of an application.

Design review should begin well before a development application is submitted. It is strongly recommended the initial design review occurs as early in the design process as possible (i.e. during the concept design stage) to ensure the proponent can apply the advice offered at a stage where the design is flexible enough to incorporate change without impacting on time and cost constraints.

What is the purpose of the Design Review Panel?

The City’s Design Review Panel was formed to provide independent expert advice to the City’s Council, Administration and applicants on the design and site planning of specified development proposals.

The Panel facilitates an improvement in urban design and the quality of the built environment within the City of Vincent through the provision of information, expert advice and recommendations.

What type of applications will be referred to the Design Review Panel?

Development Applications are to be referred to the Panel for their consideration and comment in accordance with the below terms of reference. 

DESIGN REVIEW PANEL - TERMS OF REFERENCE.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Proposals that are considered, significant because of their size or uses they support;
  • Proposals that are considered, significant because of their site;
  • Proposals that are considered, significant because of their community impact;
  • Proposals which would benefit from the design review process; and
  • Any scheme amendment, structure plan, policy, precinct plan, local development plan or design guideline which would benefit from Design Review by the Panel.

If you are unsure if your proposal should be reviewed by the City's Design Review Panel, please email a copy of the development plans to mail@vincent.wa.gov.au

When should I refer my application to the Design Review Panel?

Design review should begin well before a development application is submitted.

To get the most out of the design review panel, it is recommended proposals are referred to the design review panel as early in the design process as possible (i.e. during concept stage). The design is generally flexible at this stage and can incorporate change without impacting on time and cost constraints.

Proposals that are referred to the Panel after formal lodgement of the application may experience delays in the development application process due to requiring consideration of ‘good design’ at a later stage. The Panel may suggestion changes to the proposal which require substantial changes thereby delaying the process.

What information do I need to submit?

The following information should be provided as part of the submissions:

  • Completed DRP application form
  • Applicable fee refer to Fees and Charges
  • Electronic version of the Concept Plan / Development Plans;
  • Artists impression and coloured elevations;
  • Context / Streetscape Analysis which considers the site location and character and considers the desired future character of the area; and
  • Response to comments made by the Design Review Panel (if the proposal was considered at a previous meeting).

All information is to be emailed to mail@vincent.wa.gov.au

When do I need to submit my information for design review?

Prior to submitting the above mentioned information, please contact the City via phone (9273 6000) or email mail@vincent.wa.gov.au to schedule the proposal into the next available meeting.

The required information is to be submitted two (2) weeks prior to the meeting to allow suitable time for the City’s Officers to undertake an assessment, a report to be created and the information to be distributed to the Panel members prior to the meeting.

DESIGN REVIEW PANEL MEETING SCHEDULE 2020

Do I need to pay a fee?

The fee for proposal to be reviewed by the Design Review Panel prior to formal lodgement of the application is $705.00.

The fee allows for the proposal to be reviewed by the panel at a maximum of two meetings.

Should I be present at the Design Review Panel meeting?

It is strongly recommended that applicants prepare a PowerPoint presentation for the City’s Officer and Panel members.

The presentation is recommended to make specific reference to the ten (10) Design Principles of ‘good design’. The design principles are:

  1. Context
  2. Scale
  3. Built Form
  4. Density
  5. Sustainability
  6. Landscape
  7. Amenity
  8. Safety and Security
  9. Social Dimensions and housing Affordability
  10. Aesthetics

The presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes. Where a proposal has previously been considered by the Design Review Panel, the presentation should also specify how the previous comments have been addressed.

Applicants guide to presenting at the Design Review Panel

Will I receive a copy of the minutes from the meeting?

A copy of the minutes from the meeting will be provided to the applicant within two (2) weeks of the meeting date. The minutes will be captured against the applicable Design Principles and an overall rating against a traffic light system will be provided to measure the acceptability of the development.