revised its strategic planning framework and adopted Directions
established Development Assessment Panels to replace local
authority and Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC)
decision-making on substantial developments ;
inserted a mechanism in the Planning and Development Act 2005
to keep local planning schemes up to date with State Planning
amended section 76 of the Planning and Development Act to
clarify that the Minister is able to direct a local government to
amend its local planning scheme.
Phase Two of the planning reforms
Following a process of consultation with key stakeholders and a
public submission period, the Department released its
blueprint for phase two, which includes 14 initiatives. The
more significant reforms include:
Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS)
The MRS will be amended (in line with the Peel Region Scheme and
Greater Bunbury Region Scheme) to drop the requirement for WAPC
approval of development unless the WAPC has first declared that its
approval is required.
Concurrent amendment of region planning schemes and
local planning schemes
Legislative change will allow simultaneous amendments to both
region and local planning schemes.
Streamline structure plan
The WAPC will become the single decision-maker on structure
plans. Structure plans will still be lodged with local government
but the local government will only make a recommendation to the
WAPC. This proposal will also clarify rights of review as there
will only be one appealable structure plan decision.
Develop a track-based (risk assessment) development
Phase two reform will formalise a three-track system for all
types of planning applications. Applications will be allocated as
"exempt", "standard" or "complex" and
these allocations will determine the level of assessment
A faster planning process
According to Planning Minister John Day, these reforms (if
implemented) have the potential to considerably speed up
development approvals and streamline the planning system.
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