Planning Bulletin 104 - Improvement schemes and plans

As part of the Government’s commitment to streamlining and improving the planning approvals process in Western Australia, the WA Parliament passed the Approvals and Related Reforms (No. 4) (Planning) Act 2010 (2010 Amendment Act) in August 2010.

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The 2010 Amendment Act contains a number of amendments to the Planning and Development Act 2005 (PD Act), which are designed to improve the planning system.

One key reform is the expansion of the power under section 119 of the PD Act to create an improvement plan over land that is subject to a region planning scheme. When the amendments in the 2010 Amendment Act come into effect, the WAPC will have the power to make an improvement plan anywhere in the State. Amendments to the preparation process for improvement plans have been made to improve transparency in the exercise of this power. As such, the WAPC is required to consult with local governments before an improvement plan is made. In addition, the Minister is required to lay a copy of the improvement plan before each House of Parliament following gazettal.

The other key reform in the 2010 Amendment Act is the introduction of a new power, allowing the WAPC to create improvement schemes to give effect to the development control powers of an improvement plan. These new types of schemes will be created by the WAPC as if they are local planning schemes, and will be subject to the same consultation and advertising requirements as local planning schemes are currently subject to. They will override local and region planning schemes over the subject land for the duration of the improvement scheme.

Page last reviewed 3 January 2019
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