Local Planning Strategy

Aerial of historic Rockingham

Rockingham: Our City, Our Future

Help shape our City

We are preparing a Local Planning Strategy (LPS) to guide the growth and development of our City for the next 20 years and beyond, as well as protecting what the community values most about Rockingham and surrounds.

The LPS will build on community and the Council's shared vision of Rockingham becoming one of the safest, most liveable and sustainable cities in the nation.  It will also provide a "blue print" for the City's new Town Planning Scheme.

We completed a Community Engagement Programme (CEP) to inform the preparation of the LPS.  This project was promoted under the tagline 'Rockingham: Our City, Our Future' and invited everyone who lives, works or plays in Rockingham to have a say on shaping the City's future.

The CEP consisted of four ward-based community workshops, a youth engagement workshop, an information stall in the Rockingham Community Fair, online surveys, social media and public displays, and was well received by the residents and ratepayers.  The community's response was overwhelming and they have provided the City with ideas, suggestions and issues to questions under the themes 'where we live', 'where we work', 'where we shop', 'where we play', 'our environment', 'getting around', and 'our vision'.

In April 2013 we adopted the 'Community Engagement Programme Outcomes Report'.  This report outlines the process involved in the community engagement program and documents the outcomes and findings generated from the actions and engagement initiatives.

The Community Engagement Programme Outcomes Report is available below.

Next steps...

The Local Planning Strategy (LPS) will be a three-to-four-year project and will be supported by a series of individual planning studies dealing with: 

  • housing and settlement 
  • biodiversity and conservation 
  • land use and transport 
  • education, employment and tourism

The studies will be released for community comment at each stage of the LPS development.  The individual planning studies will include an assessment of relevant land use planning issues and opportunities and also consideration of existing State, regional and the City's schemes, strategies, policies, plans and assessments.

At the end of the process, the LPS will be presented to the Council for adoption and then forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) for approval.

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