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WA Government releases updated State Planning Framework Policy for public comment

WEST Australian Planning Minister Donna Faragher last week released for public comment the updated State Planning Framework Policy, which aims to guide integrated decision-making across all levels of planning.

Speaking at an Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) event, the Minister said State Planning Policy 1 - State Planning Framework (SPP1) provides the context for decision-making on land use and development in Western Australia.

Perth skyline
Above: Perth skyline / by Karl Dinnington.

"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," Ms 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 State 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.

Ms Faragher said a planning policy review program was under way 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.

Earlier this month, the State Government launched the Design WA initiative, which Ms Faragher described as 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.

More information is available from the Department of Planning website at <http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/stateplanningframework>. The public consultation period ends on 24 December 2016.

Photo: Perth skyline / Karl Dinnington / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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