Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands

    Road and rail noise focus of revised planning policy

    13/09/2017 1:30 PM
    • ​State Planning Policy 5.4: Road and Rail Noise has been reviewed
    • Proposed changes to better protect transport corridors and nearby development
    • Compatible urban design close to transport corridors such as METRONET a key aim
    • Public comment open until Friday December 15 

    Better land use and development outcomes around transport corridors such as METRONET are the aim of a revised State policy covering road and rail noise. 


    Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti today released the revised State Planning Policy 5.4: Road and Rail Noise (SPP5.4) and associated guidelines for public comment.


    The revised policy, originally gazetted in 2009, seeks to provide clearer guidance to minimise unreasonable levels of transport noise while protecting the State's major transport corridors.


    It also puts a greater focus on road and rail noise earlier in the planning process.


    The proposed changes seek to:

    •  Simplify the noise criteria and assessment process;
    • Provide new noise exposure categories that correspond with quiet house design requirements such as building orientation, window glazing and insulation; and
    • Provide standardised templates for noise management plans, local planning scheme provisions and notifications on titles.

    SPP5.4 broadly applies to new residential developments that are proposed within a range of 60 to 300 metres from a specified transport corridor. 


    Submissions close at 5pm on Friday December 15, 2017.  For more information, visit http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/SPP5.4


    Comments attributed to Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "The objective of this policy is to strike the right balance between protecting transport corridors and urban development.


    "Careful planning by local governments and the development industry will help ensure both objectives are met. It will also support the delivery of major government infrastructure projects, such as METRONET."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500