WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day announced on Friday that new draft guidelines to address structure planning of land use and urban development issues are open for public comment.
The draft guidelines aim to standardise terminology and hierarchy of structure plans and provide assistance and guidance on the format and content of structure plans.
Mr Day said the new guidelines would ensure a consistent approach to structure planning for residential, commercial and recreational land uses across the state.
The Minister said the government, development industry and planning profession have recognised inconsistencies within the existing use and implementation of structure plans.
"These new guidelines will enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the planning system to the benefit of both the community and industry.
"The guidelines will establish consistency in the format and content of structure plans and provide more clarity and consistency on statutory and non-statutory elements of structure plans," Mr Day said.
According to the WA Planning Commission, the draft guidelines will:
- Ensure information provided within structure plans is appropriate to the scale and level of the plan;
- Provide clarity as to the type of information generally not included in structure plans;
- Establish consistency in the format and content of structure plans for the State;
- Provide clarity and consistency on statutory and non-statutory elements of structure plans;
- Provide clear guidance to applicants, local government and the WAPC on the preparation of structure plans; and
- Assist decision-making authorities in assessing whether a structure plan has provided the required information.
"Applicants, local government and the Western Australian Planning Commission will be provided with better guidance on the preparation of structure plans and assistance will be given to decision-making authorities in assessing whether a structure plan has provided the required information," Mr Day said.
The draft structure plan preparation guidelines are available from the Western Australian Planning Commission website at <http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/> or directly from this link (PDF: 1.29MB). The draft document is open for public comment until Friday November 18.