Fresh approach to school planning open for community feedback
Tuesday 18 August 2020
Developers and local governments will have greater clarity around planning requirements for new schools across Western Australia following release of a revised planning policy.
Developers and local governments will have greater clarity around planning requirements for new schools across Western Australia following today's release of a revised planning policy.
The State Government is seeking public feedback after reviewing a 1998 planning policy to reflect current planning practice and improve strategic planning for the development of future primary and secondary schools.
The review and updating of this policy was a commitment taken by the McGowan Government to the 2017 election.
Today's policy release also features Educare, a key McGowan Government election commitment to provide a site for a childcare centre in the planning for new public primary schools.
The draft policy sets new requirements for identifying land of a suitable size, location and condition to meet current and future educational and community needs.
It also outlines a clear, more equitable formula for development contributions - either in the form of land or funding - for the provision of public primary schools where new residential developments are proposed.
The policy outlines a contemporary approach to future planning for government and private schools, and provides advice for other tertiary and education facilities.
Public comments on the draft Operational Policy 2.4 Planning for School Sites can be provided at https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au until 5pm on October 19, 2020.
Read the full media statement: Fresh approach to school planning open for community feedback