The Freo Alternative (Local Planning Scheme Amendment No. 63)

Adopted by City of Fremantle Council

On 28 March 2018 the City of Fremantle Council gave its final approval to the ‘Freo Alternative - Big Thinking about Small Housing’, formally known as Local Planning Scheme Amendment No. 63. The proposed changes to the City's planning scheme aim to stimulate development of a wider choice of housing in Fremantle’s suburban areas while still maintaining what people value about their neighbourhoods. The map below provides an overview of the areas proposed to be included as part of this scheme amendment, these are subject to review by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).


The proposed changes have been sent to the WAPC for final assessment and a determination by the Minister for Planning. A decision from the Minister is still pending at this time, however this page will be updated as further information becomes available.

If approved by the WA State Government, the Freo Alternative will represent a fresh approach to infill housing in suburban areas. It will provide an alternative option to landowners, without impacting or changing the current zoning or residential density. This means that current development opportunities would still apply to landowners even if the Freo Alternative is gazetted. The Freo Alternative will be an alternative for landowners to consider when developing their land.

The Freo Alternative provisions would apply in specific sections of White Gum Valley, Samson, Hilton, O'Connor, Beaconsfield and Fremantle. In general, the provisions include:

  • Only applies to lots larger than 600 square metres.
  • New dwelling/s to have a maximum floor area of 120 square metres.
  • Maximum of three dwellings on lots of 750 square metres or less.
  • Minimum of 30 square metres of outdoor living area per dwelling.
  • Developments to have higher than standard energy efficiency ratings, and include solar panels, rainwater tanks, grey water systems or meet best practice accessibility standards.
  • 70 per cent of the entire development site to be open space, with some variation allowed to 60 per cent open space.
  • At least one large tree to be retained or planted.
  • A maximum of one parking bay per dwelling.
  • Developments to be referred to the City’s Design Advisory Committee to consider design quality.


For more information see the Document library for:

  • Final approval Council Minutes - 28 March 2018
  • Community engagement report 'What everyone said'
  • Summary Booklet

Adopted by City of Fremantle Council

On 28 March 2018 the City of Fremantle Council gave its final approval to the ‘Freo Alternative - Big Thinking about Small Housing’, formally known as Local Planning Scheme Amendment No. 63. The proposed changes to the City's planning scheme aim to stimulate development of a wider choice of housing in Fremantle’s suburban areas while still maintaining what people value about their neighbourhoods. The map below provides an overview of the areas proposed to be included as part of this scheme amendment, these are subject to review by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).


The proposed changes have been sent to the WAPC for final assessment and a determination by the Minister for Planning. A decision from the Minister is still pending at this time, however this page will be updated as further information becomes available.

If approved by the WA State Government, the Freo Alternative will represent a fresh approach to infill housing in suburban areas. It will provide an alternative option to landowners, without impacting or changing the current zoning or residential density. This means that current development opportunities would still apply to landowners even if the Freo Alternative is gazetted. The Freo Alternative will be an alternative for landowners to consider when developing their land.

The Freo Alternative provisions would apply in specific sections of White Gum Valley, Samson, Hilton, O'Connor, Beaconsfield and Fremantle. In general, the provisions include:

  • Only applies to lots larger than 600 square metres.
  • New dwelling/s to have a maximum floor area of 120 square metres.
  • Maximum of three dwellings on lots of 750 square metres or less.
  • Minimum of 30 square metres of outdoor living area per dwelling.
  • Developments to have higher than standard energy efficiency ratings, and include solar panels, rainwater tanks, grey water systems or meet best practice accessibility standards.
  • 70 per cent of the entire development site to be open space, with some variation allowed to 60 per cent open space.
  • At least one large tree to be retained or planted.
  • A maximum of one parking bay per dwelling.
  • Developments to be referred to the City’s Design Advisory Committee to consider design quality.


For more information see the Document library for:

  • Final approval Council Minutes - 28 March 2018
  • Community engagement report 'What everyone said'
  • Summary Booklet