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Western Australia's Planning Reform

Western Australia's Planning Reform

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Western Australia’s planning system is set for a once-in-a-lifetime reform. This initiative to boost the State’s economy, creates desirable business conditions for clients with projects deemed “significant”.

Under the reforms to the Planning and Development Act 2005 and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015, the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) will for the short-term be the decision maker for all development proposals of State significance. This includes:

  • proposals with an estimated cost of $30 million or more
  • residential dwelling proposals with 100 or more dwellings
  • commercial developments with a minimum of 20,000sqm commercial floor space

Regional or tourism projects that may not meet the above criteria but are considered important to our economic recovery will also be included.

A major element to the reforms includes the streamlining of the environmental assessment process. For town planning schemes and amendments, the WAPC will engage the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

Of significance to our clients is the EPA and Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage determining which planning proposals require environmental assessment. Currently more than 90% of schemes and amendments referred to the EPA do not require assessment and opportunities exist to streamline the referral and project consideration process.

We welcome these planning and environmental process reforms designed to improve effectiveness and minimise delays.

Our WA based team of fast cable experts are extremely well positioned to assist clients with the preparation and facilitation of approvals or engagement with planning and environmental agencies during this time. We have strong networks into Government agencies in all States and have a comprehensive team of approvals and technical experts to support our clients throughout a project’s life cycle.

Unrivalled in the provision of end-to-end project direction and strategic approvals advice, we work with clients to select appropriate routes or sites, manage potential risks and secure approvals with appropriate conditions that meet community expectations.

Now is a unique time to consider bringing projects forward to take advantage of this opportunity.

For further information or to discuss your environmental approval, planning or management needs please contact us.