We Highly Reg-ommend You Be Aware of the Changes
The new Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 slipped silently into our planning life last month, but it is crucial that you be aware of the changes. Use caution when reading a local planning scheme as every WA local planning scheme has been amended. Use caution when studying structure plans as they no longer hold statutory effect. And don't become complacent - the newly introduced Regulations may change sooner than you think with the impending inclusion of the new Bushfire Regulations.
Of importance is the introduction of 'Deemed Provisions'. These automatically form part of all local planning schemes in WA and are a significant reform. As we see it, the Deemed Provisions will act to provide consistency between different local authorities, which is always welcomed. However, local authorities may embellish them with 'Supplementary Provisions' relevant to their local context. The Deemed Provisions primarily relate to:
The new Regulations also set out standard procedures for making and amending local planning schemes.
These procedures seek to streamline local scheme amendments by adopting a 'track-based' approach, with different timeframes allocated for basic, standard and complex amendments.
For more information, access the FAQs here. And if you would like to discuss how the new Regulations might affect your planning proposal, feel free to get in contact with Alison Healey, Senior Planner.
Alison Healey | Senior Planner
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