1.1 Subdivision of land - general principles 1.2 Development control - general principles
This policy sets out the general principles, which will be used by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) in determining applications for the subdivision of land.
It indicates the WAPC’s basic requirements for the creation of new lots as well as the procedures it will follow in processing subdivision applications.
1.3 Strata titles
This policy deals with the planning considerations and general principles used by the WAPC in its determination of applications for approval to commence development on land the subject of the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS), Peel Region Scheme (PRS) and Greater Bunbury Region Scheme (GBRS). The context for this policy is provided by Statement of Planning Policy No.1 State Planning Framework and the State Planning Policy.
The policy states in plain terms the development requirements in respect of land the subject of the relevant region schemes as well as the procedures that are followed for submitting an application for approval to commence development for determination by the WAPC.
1.5 Bicycle planning
This policy deals with those classes of strata title proposals which require the approval of the WAPC and sets out the criteria to be used in the determination of applications for that approval.
It does not apply to all strata title proposals, many of which are now exempt from the need for the WAPC's approval.
On 9 June 2009, the WAPC delegated to local government built strata titles applications submitted under section 25 of the Strata Titles Act 1985. Further details can be found within planning bulletin 52/2009.
1.6 Planning to support transit use and development
This policy describes the planning considerations which should be taken into account in order to improve the safety and convenience of cycling.
The objectives of this policy to:
- make cycling safer and more convenient through the provision of end-of-trip facilities and by the provision of better cycle route networks
- ensure that the needs of cyclists are recognised and provided for by planning and road construction authorities
- encourage more work, school and shopping trips to be made by bicycle through the provision of more (and better) cycling facilities
- increase the general awareness of the benefits of cycling
- ensure adequate consideration is given to the provision of cycling facilities in planning studies and in the implementation of statutory planning controls.
1.7 General road planning
This policy seeks to maximise the benefits to the community of an effective and well used public transit system by promoting planning and development outcomes that will support and sustain public transport use.
This policy applies to all areas of the state, within transit precincts as defined under the policy, and is intended to inform government agencies, local government, landowners and prospective developers of the policy approach which will be applied by the WAPC.
The department is committed to encouraging the use of transit oriented development principles to link land use and public transport across Perth.
1.8 Canal estates and artificial waterway developments
This policy brings together in one document all those policies of the WAPC which are not included in the residential road planning policy and apply generally to the planning of all roads.
Consistent with the approach taken in the residential road planning policy, this policy also refers to the functional road classification system established in functional road classification for planning.
1.9 Amendment to region schemes
This policy facilitates long term sustainability of canal estates and artificial waterways in Western Australia.
It explains the approval process and provides guidance for design, water quality management, implementation and ongoing long term management and maintenance.
The roles and responsibilities of related state government agencies and local government are explained in the policy.
Specific enquiry for technical details should be clarified with the particular agency and/or local government listed in Appendix 3.
1.10 Freeway services centres, roadhouses incl signage
The Planning and Development Act 2005 (PD Act) provides two procedures by which region schemes may be amended (part 4). The first follows the procedures observed when preparing a scheme itself, involving among other things, approval by the Governor and tabling in both Houses of Parliament where motions to disallow the amendment may be passed (section 35). This is referred to as a 'substantial' or 'major' amendment.
The second procedure involves matters which in the opinion of the WAPC do not involve a substantial alteration to the scheme and are referred to as 'non-substantial' or 'minor' amendments (section 57). The terms 'major' and 'minor' will be used in this policy for convenience.
The policy outlines the location and design measures related to the establishment of freeway service centres and roadhouses throughout the State.
It addresses the visual impacts of signage and provides details of acceptable facilities and services.
The policy reflects the wider freeway network and the changing road user environment, including greater general and freight traffic, and proposed changes to the Main Roads Act 1930.
This policy replaces Development Control Policy 1.10: Location and Design of Freeway Service Centres (2001).