Western Australia

WA Government seeks public comment on draft rural planning policies

PLANNING Minister John Day has released for comment two revised draft State rural planning polices, saying they will better manage land uses and provide guidance for rural settlement.

The revised policies are:

  • State Planning Policy 2.5 - agricultural and rural land-use planning; and
  • Development Control Policy 3.4 - Subdivision of rural land currently guide planning decision-making on rural land.

Mr Day said the revised policies sought to address challenges and opportunities for rural land in Western Australia.

"With State growth and urban expansion, rural areas are under increasing pressure to provide lifestyle lots, land for growing fruit and vegetables, and to accommodate new industries such as tree farming," he said.

Changes proposed in the policies include:

  • A new name to encompass all types of primary production;
  • Greater guidance on establishing rural lifestyle precincts;
  • More stringent requirements for water supplies in the context of WA's drying climate;
  • Revised definitions;
  • Highlighting the role rural land plays in the State's economy;
  • Highlighting incentives for subdivision of rural land, including the introduction of an incentive for carbon sequestration in low rainfall areas; and
  • Inclusion of a policy position for tree farming.

Submissions about the draft rural policies close on May 27, 2011. An online survey can be completed in place of a formal submission. More information is available from <http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/ruralpolicies>.

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