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Design Advisory Committee

The Design Advisory Committee has been appointed by the Council in accordance with the requirements of Clause 40 of the City Planning Scheme No. 2, which was gazetted on 9 January 2004.

The Committee is required to provide independent technical advice and recommendations to the Council in respect to applications requesting a Plot Ratio Bonus in the Central Area and design issues on other applications referred to it for consideration.

The Committee members are: 

  • David Karotkin (Presiding Member)
  • Warren Kerr 
  • Chris Melsom 
  • Andrew Howe
  • Stuart Pullyblank
  • Rebecca Moore (State Government Architect)  
  • General Manager Planning and Economic Development 

The deputy Committee members are:

  • Peter Hobbs (Deputy for David Karotkin and Warren Kerr)
  • Ben De Marchi (Deputy for Chris Melsom and Andrew Howe)
  • Tony Blackwell (Deputy for Stuart Pullyblank)
  • Melinda Payne (Deputy for Rebecca Moore)
  • City Architect (Deputy for General Manager Planning and Economic Development) 

The term of appointment for all Committee Members ends on 16 October 2021, following the City of Perth ordinary election. 

Terms of Reference

Introduction
The Design Advisory Committee has been appointed by the Council in accordance with the requirements of clause 66A of the Supplemental Provisions to the Deemed Provisions (refer Schedule A of the City Planning Scheme No. 2), as gazetted on 24 February 2017.

The Design Advisory Committee is required to provide independent technical advice and recommendations to the Council in respect to applications requesting Bonus Plot Ratio and design issues on these and other applications referred to it for consideration.

The Committee membership will comprise:

  • two Architects (plus one Deputy) to be selected from a panel of five nominations presented by the Australian Institute of Architects;
  • two Town Planners (plus one Deputy) to be selected from a panel of four nominations from the Planning Institute of Australia;
  • one Landscape Architect (plus one Deputy) to be selected from a panel of two nominations presented by the Landscape Architects Institute of Australia;
  • State Government Architect or their nominee; and
  • The CEO’s representatives under Section 5.10(5) of the Local Government Act 1995 being the General Manager Planning and Economic Development as member and the City Architect as deputy member for the City of Perth.

50% of the members are required to attend a meeting to achieve a quorum.

With the exception of Council officers, the membership of the Committee is for a two year period and the Council reserves the right to reappoint any member nominated by the respective institutes.

The Council may terminate the appointment of any member of the Committee prior to the expiry of the term of office.

Referral of Applications

The following applications will be referred to the Committee:

  1. Applications for development which are seeking bonus plot ratio under clause 28 of City Planning Scheme No. 2.
  2. Application for major developments within the city, including Form 1 Development Assessment Panel applications.
  3. Applications for other developments where the advice of the Design Advisory Committee is considered by the Manager Development Approvals to be of assistance in the assessment of the application.
  4. Any application referred to the Committee by Council at a Council meeting.

Applications for bonus plot ratio or major developments requiring design advice will be presented to the Committee in the form of a written report from the Development Approvals Unit.

For design advice on other minor developments, a verbal presentation of the application will be made by the City’s Planning Officers at the Committee meeting.

Bonus Plot Ratio

The Committee will be guided by the Council's Bonus Plot Ratio Policy adopted pursuant to Clause 4 of the Deemed Provisions.

This Policy defines the following considerations in assessing applications for bonus plot ratio:

  • The awarding of bonus plot ratio presents an opportunity for the City to encourage development that will assist in realising specific aims and objectives for the future development of the city, having particular regard to the City of Perth Urban Design Framework.
  • Plot ratio is a measure of development intensity and is an incentive based mechanism that permits the City to award additional plot ratio, or floor area, to be developed on a site in return for the provision of identified benefits.

Bonus plot ratio will not be awarded “as of right”. Bonus plot ratio is an award that must be earned and applicants will be required to demonstrate that the proposed bonus facility, amenity or use will deliver an identifiable strategic need or benefit and that the proposed development will be of an appropriate bulk and scale and a standard of architectural and design quality appropriate within Perth as a capital city.

The policy identifies the following list of categories eligible for bonus plot ratio:

  • Public spaces.
  • Pedestrian links.
  • Conservation of heritage places.
  • Provision of specific facilities on private land.
  • Residential Use: Maximum 20% bonus.
  • Special Residential Use: Maximum 40% bonus (20% for special residential use or 40% per cent for high quality hotel use).

Where a bonus is sought for a facility or amenity falling within the Public Facilities and the Heritage categories under clause 28(2) of City Planning Scheme No. 2 and/ or a variation of plot ratio under clause 12 of the Deemed Provisions, or for a minor bonus at street level under clause 28(6) (ii) of City Planning Scheme No. 2, the Design Advisory Committee will be requested to provide advice on the extent of bonus plot ratio which is warranted. 

In the case of bonus plot ratio for a residential or special residential development the extent of bonus plot ratio will not be assessed, although for those hotel developments seeking the maximum 40% bonus plot ratio the advice of the Design Advisory Committee will be sought on whether the hotel development meets the criteria of a high-quality hotel as identified in the Bonus Plot Ratio Policy.

Reference should be made to the Bonus Plot Ratio Policy for full details of how applications for bonus plot ratio will be assessed.

Design Advisory Matters

The Committee will also consider applications put before it for advice on design elements. In making any recommendation on these applications, the Committee will have due regard to the provisions of the City Planning Scheme No. 2, the Deemed Provisions and any Planning Policy adopted under the Scheme.

Register of Decisions of the Design Advisory Committee 

In order to ensure that bonus plot ratio is awarded consistently, effectively and equitably and that design advice is similarly provided on a consistent basis, the Development Approvals Unit will establish and maintain a register recording the following information:

  • Details of the development and facility seeking bonus plot ratio.
  • Details of the development and major design issues to be addressed.
  • The Committee’s recommendation of the proposal.
  • The Council's/Local Development Assessment Panel’s decision in regard to each application.