THE State Government last week released the Green Paper into the independent review of Western Australia's planning system for public comment, which is focused on making the system more efficient, open and understandable.
Commissioned by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti and led by Evan Jones, the paper outlines the challenges for the planning system and proposes five key reform areas to help make the system more efficient, open and understandable to everyone.
The five proposed reform areas centre on a system that is strategically led, legible, transparent, efficient and delivers smart growth.
"I initiated this review into the planning system in Western Australia, as I believed there were some changes that could be made to ensure the system met the needs of our rapidly changing State," Ms Saffioti said.
"This paper acknowledges that whilst the planning system has supported the growth of the State, it has become complex and difficult to understand.
"The State needs a contemporary planning system that attracts investment in the smart growth of our towns and cities, and facilitates the delivery of projects such as METRONET, delivers housing choice and enhances our built and natural environments.
"The Government will now consider the recommendations made in the Green Paper. We want to hear your views and encourage you to provide your feedback on the ideas and proposals."
The review process to date has involved consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, and also considered the merits and challenges of planning systems in other jurisdictions.
Comment is invited on the Green Paper, with the feedback received used to inform a White Paper which will be provided to Government for consideration. Submissions close on 20 July 2018.