New Local Planning Strategy and Scheme open for public comment

The City of Greater Geraldton has announced the release of the new Local Planning Strategy and Scheme.

City CEO Ken Diehm said the new Scheme and Strategy is one of the most significant planning exercises undertaken since the formation of the City of Greater Geraldton.

“One of the main functions of Town Planning is to ensure that development and land use proposals are appropriate for the area and maintain and improve our quality of life,” Mr Diehm explained.

“Currently the City operates under four local planning schemes, the town planning schemes of Geraldton, Greenough, Mullewa and part of Cape Burney.

“This process has seen these existing schemes comprehensively reviewed, updated and consolidated into a single new Scheme.”

The Local Planning Strategy guides long-term land use planning and provides the rationale for land use and development control.  It has directly responded to the outcomes of the 2029 and Beyond Designing our City Forum that was held in 2011.

Mr Diehm said the Local Planning Scheme adopted a planning approach in line with the City’s vision of a creative city region with the capacity to sustain a prosperous, diverse and sustainable community population of 80,000-100,000.

The draft Strategy and Scheme is now available for public comment and the documents can be downloaded from the City’s website.  Hard copies of documents are available for public inspection at the: 

  • City’s Administration Centre, 63 Cathedral Avenue, Geraldton
  • Geraldton Regional Library, 37 Marine Terrace, Geraldton
  • City’s Mullewa Office, cnr Thomas and Padbury Streets, Mullewa

The City’s town planning officers are able to provide general information and advice however, anyone wanting to discuss a particular property or matter can contact the City on (08) 9956 6900 or alternatively email to arrange an appointment.

Submissions should be made in writing and lodged with the City on or before May 4 2015.