Action Plan implementation

The Action Plan outlines a series of early actions, next priorities and future actions.

Timeframe

This approach allows implementation of some changes in the short term, while also commencing work on the more substantial reform initiatives that will be delivered over the medium to long term.

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The timing and sequencing of the delivery of the 19 reform initiatives will be staged according to the priorities and capacity of government and the wider planning industry, with consideration given to the interdependency of various reform initiatives.

Reform initiative updates

Information regarding the current status of each reform initiative is available below and will be regularly updated by the Reform Delivery Team.

Last updated: 13 August 2019

Planning creates great places for people
A1 Collaborative planning delivers district-level priorities

Current activity:

The DPLH/WAPC is currently preparing an EOI process for local governments to nominate areas that may be suitable to pilot the preparation of a District Planning Strategy in partnership with the State Government.

The Reform Delivery Team is also liaising with industry bodies and local government and professional organisations to establish a number of Initiative Working Groups (IWGs). The Connected and Consolidated Growth IWG will be considering some elements of reform associated with this initiative. It is anticipated that the IWGs will be convened in September/October 2019.

A2 Urban corridors are realised with integrated planning

Current activity:

The Transport Portfolio Strategic Projects Office is leading preliminary investigations into the development of a movement and place framework for Western Australia. An interagency steering group, including representatives of the Department of Transport,  DPLH, Main Roads WA and the Public Transport Authority has been formed to guide the project.

The Reform Delivery Team is liaising with industry bodies and local government and professional organisations to establish a number of Initiative Working Groups (IWGs). The Connected and Consolidated Growth IWG will be considering some elements of reform associated with this initiative. It is anticipated that the IWGs will be convened in September/October 2019.

A3 Land use and infrastructure planning is coordinated

Current activity:

The Reform Delivery Team is liaising with industry bodies and local government and professional organisations to establish a number of Initiative Working Groups (IWGs). The Connected and Consolidated Growth IWG will be considering some elements of reform associated with this initiative. It is anticipated that the IWGs will be convened in September 2019.

Draft State Planning Policy 3.6 – Infrastructure Contributions is currently out for public consultation, with comments invited by 2 September 2019. The draft documents can be accessed, and comments submitted online.
 

A4 Good design is required and design excellence encouraged

Current activity:

Draft State Planning Policy 7.2 – Precinct Design, the draft Precinct Design Guidelines and a discussion paper regarding potential associated changes to the planning framework have been released for public consultation, with comments invited by 15 October 2019.

The draft Precinct Design documents can be accessed, and comments submitted online.

A Project Director has been appointed and work has commenced on the preparation of a State Planning Policy for medium density residential development.

More information regarding the Design WA program and projects is available.

The Round 1 legislative amendments will also include changes to the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 to provide a head of power for the establishment of design review panels by local government and for due regard to be given to design review advice. Work on these changes is underway.

Next steps:

A review and update of Liveable Neighbourhoods (draft State Planning Policy 7.1 – Neighbourhood Design) will be commencing shortly, with further consultation and engagement with stakeholders anticipated to occur towards the end of 2019 or early in 2020.

Planning is easier to understand and navigate
B1 Planning is strategically-led

Current activity:

The WAPC is undertaking a review of the state-wide strategic and policy framework to rationalise policies, address overlaps and ensure policy remains aligned with contemporary planning practice.

Of the 28 existing State Planning Policies, 10 are under active review, with a further eight at various stages of consideration and investigation. Six water-related SPPs are currently being consolidated into a single SPP.

The DPLH/WAPC is also developing options for ‘risk-based’ assessment and decision-making streams for basic amendments and limited scope reviews of State Planning Policies for trial.
 

B2 Engagement and consultation processes are consistent and effective

Current activity:

The Reform Delivery Team is liaising with industry bodies and local government and professional organisations to establish a number of Initiative Working Groups (IWGs). The Development Assessment and Consultation IWG will be considering consultation and notification requirements for development applications, including the use of onsite advertising signage for development proposals, and making recommendations to standardise these across jurisdictions. It is anticipated that the IWGs will be convened in September/October 2019.

The WAPC has initiated a pilot project to ascertain community attitudes on urban consolidation and infill development. The outcomes of this project will help inform the preparation of a community engagement toolkit.

B3 Local planning frameworks are more legible

Initiative undergoing project planning. Work towards this initiative is not scheduled to materially commence until early 2020.

B4 Online planning portal improves access to information

Initiative undergoing project planning. Work towards this initiative is not scheduled to materially commence until early 2020.
 

B5 Clear and concise guidance is readily available

Initiative undergoing project planning. Work towards this initiative is not scheduled to materially commence until early 2020.
 

Planning systems are consistent and efficient
C1 Local planning schemes are more consistent

Current activity:

The Round 1 legislative amendments include some changes to Schedule 1 – Model provisions for local planning schemes of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 to amend some of the existing land use definitions and model zones and introduce new definitions and zones. Work on these changes is underway.

This initiative is also undergoing project planning. Work towards this initiative is not scheduled to materially commence until early 2020.
 

C2(i) Approvals are quicker and easier for small business in commercial and mixed-use centres

The Reform Delivery Team will commence discussions in mid-August 2019 with inner-city local governments to identify opportunities for further work and trial.

C2(ii) Car parking requirements in commercial and mixed-use centres are consistent

The Reform Delivery Team will commence discussions in mid-August 2019 with inner-city local governments to identify opportunities for further work and trial.
 

C3 Pre-lodgement advice facilitates better outcomes

Current activity:

The Department is preparing new procedures for trial by planning officers and teams in providing more consistent approaches to pre-lodgement advice to proponents, local government and users of the planning system.

The Reform Delivery Team is liaising with industry bodies, the local government sector and professional organisations to establish a number of Initiative Working Groups (IWGs) to commence discussion on implementation of several reform initiatives. The Development Assessment and Consultation IWG will be considering elements of reform associated with this initiative. It is anticipated that the IWGs will be first convened in September/October 2019.

C4 Targeted reduction in timeframes for lower risk proposals

Current activity:

The DPLH is identifying opportunities to trial and formalise streamlined processing of minor amendments to structure plans and activity centre plans (soon to become precinct plans under draft SPP 7.2). 

The DPLH/WAPC is also developing options for ‘risk-based’ assessment and decision-making streams for basic amendments and limited scope reviews of State Planning Policies for trial (initiative B1).

The Round 1 legislative amendments also include some changes to the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 to address some of the existing issues associated with the basic/standard/complex streams for local planning scheme amendments. Work on these changes is underway.

Initiative undergoing project planning. Work towards this initiative is not scheduled to materially commence until early 2020.

C5 Referral processes are well defined and coordinated

Current activity: 

The Round 1 legislative amendments include some changes to the Planning and Development Act 2005 which provide for certain planning scheme amendments to be exempt from referral to the EPA. Work on these changes is underway.

Initiative undergoing project planning. Work towards this initiative is not scheduled to materially commence until early 2020.
 

C6 Structure and precinct planning tools are fit-for-purpose 

Current activity:

Draft State Planning Policy 7.2 – Precinct Design, the draft Precinct Design Guidelines and a discussion paper regarding potential associated changes to the planning framework have been released for public consultation, with comments invited by 15 October 2019

The discussion paper considers the place of the draft Precinct Design suite in the planning system and presents a number of options regarding the potential changes required to support the effective implementation of the new policy framework.

The draft Precinct Design documents can be accessed, and comments submitted online.

Some changes to the procedures associated with the processing of structure plans will be amended as part of the Round 1 legislative amendments. Work on these changes is underway.

C7 Development assessment processes are streamlined and outcomes-focussed

Current activity:

The Reform Delivery Team is liaising with industry bodies, the local government sector and professional organisations to establish a number of Initiative Working Groups (IWGs) to commence discussion on implementation of several reform initiatives. The Development Assessment and Consultation IWG will be considering elements of reform associated with this initiative (and initiative B2). It is anticipated that the IWGs will be first convened in September/October 2019.
 

C8 DAP processes are more consistent and transparent 

Current activity:

The Department is reviewing DAP procedures and practice notes to provide clear arrangements for deferring matters, managing additional information presented at meetings and exercising flexibility in meeting procedures where appropriate. Consideration is also being given to materials required to improve the statement of reasons for decisions provided by DAPs.

Project planning has also commenced on the more substantial structural changes to the DAPs, which involve legislative amendments.
 

C9 The WAPC is more efficient and strategically-focussed  

Current activity:

The Department and WAPC are preparing a trial agenda coversheet for confidential region and local planning schemes and amendment agenda items which will provide the key matters under consideration.

New arrangements are also being prepared to ensure proponents and key stakeholders are notified in advance of the details of the WAPC or SPC meeting at which the matters of interest to them will be considered.
 

C10 Planning activity data drive system improvements

Current activity:

The Reform Delivery Team is liaising with industry bodies, the local government sector and professional organisations to establish a number of Initiative Working Groups (IWGs) to commence discussion on implementation of several reform initiatives. The Planning Activity Data IWG will be considering elements of reform associated with this initiative. It is anticipated that the IWGs will be first convened in September/October 2019.

Page last reviewed 13 August 2019
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