Local Planning Framework

Local Planning Strategy 

The Town of Port Hedland Local Planning Strategy (Strategy) was endorsed by the Western Australian Planning Commission on 13 May 2021. The Strategy replaces the Pilbara's Port City Growth Plan as the Town's principal strategic planning document. The Strategy 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.

Other Planning Strategies

The Town of Port Hedland's Strategic Planning Documents outline the objectives, approaches, and steps aimed at directing land utilization and development. 

Local Planning Scheme No.7

The Town of Port Hedland Local Planning Scheme No. 7 (LPS7) was gazetted on 20 January 2021. LPS7 replaces the Town of Port Hedland Local Planning Scheme No. 5 as the Town's principal statutory planning document. It sets out the way land is to be used and developed, classify areas for land use and include provisions to coordinate infrastructure and development within the local government area.  Whilst all care has been taken to accurately portray the current LPS7 provisions, no responsibility shall be taken for any omissions or errors. Please advise the Town of any omissions or errors in its representation of LPS7.

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 contributes to the development of vibrant and livable communities.

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

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, accessible here.