The Department of Planning is progressing the State
Government's reform program for the planning system in Western
Australia with the release of the following three documents for
Planning Reform Phase Two Discussion Paper
Review of the Planning and Development Act 2005 (PDAct)
Review of the Development Assessment Panels
Submissions for the three Planning Reform documents close on
Friday 13 December 2013. Corrs Chambers Westgarth's Perth
office can assist clients interested in making a submission on any
of these documents.
PLANNING REFORM PHASE TWO DISCUSSION PAPER
Discussion Paper has put forward a number of possible reform
initiatives to streamline approvals processes and for improvements
to the planning system. Some of the initiatives proposed are:
Introducing sub-regional structure plans to amend region
Concurrent rezonings for both region planning schemes and local
planning schemes for all types of rezoning amendments
Exempting scheme amendments that have no environmental concerns
from referral to the EPA
Streamlining the amendment process for region planning
Introducing a track-based (risk assessment) development
assessment model where the assessment process is linked to the
level of complexity, scale and likely impact
Introduction of a private certification system comparable to
the private accredited certification system for building
REVIEW OF THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACT 2005
The objectives of
this review is to consider the operation and effectiveness of
the PDAct and also to open a dialogue with stakeholders on broader
reform as part of the Governments reform program. The Report sets
out issues and proposals for reform for discussion, but also
invites other suggestions for measures to help clarifying ,
streamlining and improving the planning system.
Among the issues and proposed reforms are the following:
Providing a more formal resolution process for clearing
subdivision conditions in particular where another authority is to
Increasing penalties for non-compliance with PDAct
Allowing the WAPC some flexibility to deal with an original
plan received after the expiration of the prescribed time
Various provisions to amend and clarify provisions in the PDAct
concerning compensation for injurious affection.
REVIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT PANELS
Assessment Panel (DAP) system was introduced in 2011 to provide
a new framework for planning decision making for planning
applications for approval of major development. This review
analyses statistical data on the operation of the DAP system and
outcomes of forums and surveys as to the effectiveness of the DAP
system. The Review concludes that the DAP system is meeting the
objectives of providing a greater measure of transparency,
consistency and reliability in decision- making.
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