Leeuwin-Naturaliste sub-regional planning strategy

The Leeuwin-Naturaliste sub-region is well known locally and internationally for its unique lifestyle, landscape values, environmental assets and overall amenity.

The Leeuwin-Naturaliste sub-regional strategy is the overarching planning document that guides the future of planning and development of land within the local government areas of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and the City of Busselton.

The strategy seeks to ensure that growth and development is well planned, reflects the current government positions, state planning policies and best planning practices with regard to the environment, landscape, settlement patterns and diverse economic opportunities of the area.

Planning Investigation Areas 

The Strategy designates five areas of land that require further investigation as part of the strategic reconsideration of land use in the sub-region  for a possible change of use.

These investigations will determine whether it is possible and/or appropriate to rezone the land. These investigations are required to be undertaken prior to any related local planning scheme amendment processes. The designation of a Planning Investigation Area should not be construed as Western Australian Planning Commission support for a change from the existing zoning, as this will depend on the outcome of further investigations.  

Universal key considerations for all investigation area sites include: 

  • biodiversity value protection 
  • bushfire 
  • drainage 
  • landscape value protection 
  • protection of significant environmental values 
  • utility service capacity 
  • water source impact (groundwater and surface water).

Please refer to the following list of Planning Investigation Areas (PIA) for more details: 

Dunsborough Planning Investigation Area  

Margaret River Planning Investigation Area 

Vasse South Planning Investigation Area 

Vasse North Planning Investigation Area 

Abbey Planning Investigation Area 

Page last reviewed 7 October 2020
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