Local Planning Framework

The information below provides guidance and assistance to applicants on the adopted position of the Council on various planning matters. 

Local planning strategy

Pilbara's Port City Growth Plan (2012)

The Town's current local planning strategy, Pilbara's Port City Growth Plan provides a high-level strategic blueprint to facilitate the growth of Port Hedland. It was prepared during the height of the resources sector construction boom and driven by the need to modernise and transform Pilbara towns to support long term economic activity in the region, improve the quality of life for existing residents and to attract and retain new residents.

It builds on many of the aspirational themes of previous Port Hedland plans which have sought to guide the future structure and form of growth. It incorporates all land within the municipality of Port Hedland, with a primary focus on the settlement areas of South Hedland and Port Hedland.

Draft Local Planning Strategy (June 2020)

In an acknowledgement that much of the population and economic growth aspirations listed in the Pilbara's Port City Growth Plan may no longer be appropriate,  Town staff and consultants element have prepared a draft Local Planning Strategy which seeks to:

  • establish a vision for the future of the district;
  • provide direction for growth and development within the Town over the next 15 years;
  • establish strategies and actions in response to identified opportunities and constraints;
  • provide a rationale for land release to support sustainable urban growth; and
  • identify the need for further studies and investigations to respond to issues within the district.

The Town has recently commenced public advertising of the draft Local Planning Strategy. Further information can be found here.

Local planning scheme

Local Planning Scheme No. 5

The Town's current Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) provides zoning information, the categories and use/s of land within each zone and development requirements specific to the municipality of the Town of Port Hedland. Local Planning Scheme No. 5 and associated scheme amendments will assist you in determining planning requirements such as the what can be developed on a particular parcel of land, the car parking requirements, advertising of your proposal and the timeframe for processing an application for planning approval.

Draft Local Planning Scheme No.7

LPS5 was gazetted on 31 August 2001 and is substantially overdue for review. The Scheme Review process has culminated in Town staff and consultants element preparing draft Local Planning Scheme No. 7 (LPS7).  LPS7 will replace the Town’s existing LPS5 as the principal statutory planning tool for controlling land use and development in the Town. LPS7 has been prepared in the context of the Regulations (Model provisions) and provides a statutory response to the relevant strategy and actions in the draft Strategy. LPS7 includes the following key changes to LPS5:

  • New model provision reservations, zones and land uses as established by the Regulations.
  • Removal of the portion of the West End of Port Hedland from the draft LPS7 boundaries, as this area is subject to the separate West End Improvement Scheme No. 1.
  • Rezoning the old part of Wedgefield from ‘General Industry’ to ‘Light Industry’ to resolve historical land use conflict with established caretaker’s dwellings and access constraints.
  • Zoning and reserving Yandeyarra in the south of the district for the first time.
  • Including a new Special Control Area over parts of the townsite of Port Hedland prone to storm surge and coastal erosion hazards to provide land use and development controls.
  • Including a new Special Control Area to protect public drinking water source areas.
  • Include a new Special Use zone for the Port Hedland International Airport.
  • Include new provisions relating to specific structure plan areas.

The  Town has recently commenced public advertising of the draft Local Planning Scheme No. 7. Further information can be found here.

Position Statements, local planning policies & guidelines

Position Statements, Local Planning Policies & Design Guidelines

Position Statements provide the Town's policy position on various planning matters. They set the policy parameters and a broader framework for the development of local planning policies.

Local Planning Policies are policies developed by the Town and identify additional requirements and guidance to those provisions specified in the Scheme. These policies should be considered in conjunction with the rest of the Town's Local Planning Framework prior to the submission of a planning proposal.

Design Guidelines aim to create a built environment that reflects the distinctive characteristics of a local area, that enhances streetscapes and neighbourhoods and that contributes to the development of vibrant and livable communities.

structure plans & local development plans

Structure Plans

Structure Plans provide a framework for the coordinated provision and arrangement of future land use, subdivision and development including the provision of transport networks; public open space; utility and service networks; urban water management; development standards; and community infrastructure and other investment and staging programs.

Local Development Plans 

Local development plans are planning tools used to coordinate and assist in achieving better built form outcomes by linking lot design to future development. Local development plans address the differences in urban settings such as streetscape, garage location, solar orientation, landscape, building height and topography.

residential design codes

Residential Design Codes

The purpose of the R-Codes is to provide a comprehensive basis for the control, through local government, of residential development throughout Western Australia. While the document should be read in its entirety, specific common site requirements such as boundary setbacks, minimum site area per dwelling and building heights are listed in the tables at the end of the R-Codes document.

other planning strategies

Heavy Vehicle Access Strategy Port Hedland (2020)

This study aims to provide an overview of the existing heavy vehicle network and guidance on possible network improvements.

Heavy Vehicle Access Strategy Port Hedland (2020) 

Appendix 1Appendix 2Appendix 3Appendix 4Appendix 5

CHRMAP (2019)

The Port Hedland CHRMAP report was developed in accordance with State Government’s State Coastal Planning Policy No. 2.6 following extensive community consultation and adopted by Council on 30 April 2019. 

The assessment identifies and considers coastal hazards and risks for the Port Hedland Townsite and recommends adaptation pathways with actions to assist in adapting to immediate coastal inundation and erosion risks, as well as undertaking appropriate planning to address increasing risk over time.

Further information on the project can be found below:

Coastal Vulnerability Study (2011)

Coastal Hazard Risk Management adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)

POS Strategy (2019)

The Town of Port Hedland is fortunate to have a variety of open space and reserve areas that play a vital role in making this area a great place to work and play. That’s why development and protection of our parks and reserves, and improvements to the quality of them is important. 

The Public Open Space Strategy assesses existing Public Open Space in Port and South Hedland against framework standards to determine where opportunities for improvements lie in the future.  

Public Open Space Strategy (2019)

Heritage Inventory (2017)

The heritage of Port Hedland is rich in history, stories, people and places. The Town's Heritage Inventory (2017) is used for the assessment of development proposals affecting heritage places.

Heritage Inventory (2017)

South Hedland Flood Study (2010)

The South Hedland Flood Study examines opportunities and constraints in regards to the drainage network in South Hedland and proposes a 5 year plan for upgrades and maintenance of drainage infrastructure.

South Hedland Flood Study (2010)