- Overarching provisions for sustainable use and development of land
- Ensures integrated decision-making across all levels of planning
Planning Minister Donna Faragher today released Western Australia's updated State Planning Framework policy for public comment.
Speaking at a UDIA Hot Topics breakfast, the Minister said State Planning Policy 1 - State Planning Framework (SPP1), set the context for decision-making on land use and development in Western Australia.
"Our planning and development system is complex and we have accrued a large number of policies, strategies and guidelines over many years. SPP1 brings these together within a central State planning framework," Mrs Faragher said.
"It provides a comprehensive list of all WA Planning Commission policies and outlines how they relate to each other to guide integrated decision-making across all levels of planning."
The revised draft SPP1 reflects the Liberal National Government's commitment to the regions with an updated section on regional development, and includes a new section on governance which emphasises planning decisions should apply policy consistently and be made in a timely manner.
"It also identifies the importance of providing appropriate opportunities for public participation in decision-making processes," the Minister said.
The updated SPP1 also introduces position statements to clarify the status of WAPC policy previously contained in Planning Bulletins.
Mrs Faragher said a planning policy review program was underway to ensure all WA Planning Commission policies were regularly updated and provided a world's best practice regulatory framework for land use planning and development.
"The Design WA initiative launched last week is the most significant revamp to State Planning Policy in many years. The new draft State Planning Policy 7 will eventually provide a consolidated and contemporary suite of policies for the Design of the Built Environment covering neighbourhoods, precincts, houses and apartments," she said.
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