The Swan Valley has considerable historical and cultural value as a viticultural, agricultural and tourism region.
Investment over several decades has seen it emerge as a region of state significance that attracts more than 600,000 visitors a year and contributes over $200 million annually to the Western Australian economy.
The State Government recognises the unique attributes of the Swan Valley, and is committed to ensuring the area is protected from competing and incompatible land uses.
To achieve this, Government intends to strengthen the current legislative and governance framework for the Valley, and develop a set of planning instruments that will enable informed and consistent decisions to be made regarding future land use and development.
Swan Valley Planning Act 1995
The purpose of the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995 (SVP Act) is to:
- Establish a committee to advise on land use planning in the Swan Valley
- prescribe planning and development objectives for the Valley.
View the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995
Swan Valley Interim Planning Policy
In July 2014 the Swan Valley Planning Committee endorsed the Swan Valley Interim Planning Policy. The Policy was prepared to assist decision making authorities to provide consistent advice on land use and planning matters within the SVP Act area. The Policy will remain in place until the new governance and regulatory framework (currently being prepared by the Department) is finalised and endorsed by Government.
Planning bulletin 80 - Swan Valley Planning Legislation Amendment Act 2006
Planning Bulletin 80 provides details on the review and amendment of the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995 that was undertaken in 2006.