Swan Valley Action Plan

Implementation of the Swan Valley Action Plan is protecting and enhancing the unique character of this Perth metropolitan region.

Latest activity 

The Swan Valley Planning Act 2020 will replace the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995. The Act received Royal Assent and Part 1 took effect on 9 December 2020. The remainder of the Act will become operational shortly. Enabling regulations are being prepared. 

The Minister for Planning released the draft Swan Valley Planning Scheme for public comment. Submissions closed on 28 May 2021. The Minister is considering all submissions to finalise the planning scheme. 

The Minister for Planning has invited expressions of interest for suitable members to nominate for appointment to the Swan Valley Statutory Planning Committee and Swan Valley Strategic Leadership Group.

 

Background

In 2017, the Minister for Planning appointed the late Hon John Kobelke JP to undertake an independent review of the Swan Valley. The review centred on identifying the best measures to ensure the region’s prosperity into the future as a rural, agricultural and tourism region servicing locals and visitors alike.

Mr Kobelke undertook extensive consultation with the Swan Valley community, the City of Swan, Swan Valley Planning Committee, landowners, residents, businesses and representative groups.

The Swan Valley Planning Review was released for public feedback and guided the development of the Swan Valley Action Plan. More than 700 people were consulted during the development of the Action Plan, which was released in October 2019.

 

Action Plan: What are we doing?

The Swan Valley Action Plan seeks to ensure the region remains an attractive and thriving destination that balances viticulture/agriculture, lifestyle and tourism opportunities that are sympathetic to the rural setting. Key actions currently being advanced include:

  • Development and implementation of new legislation
  • Creation of a new Swan Valley Planning Scheme 
  • Establishing the new Swan Valley Statutory Planning Committee
  • Establishing the new Swan Valley Strategic Leadership Group.

Next steps

  • The remainder of the Swan Valley Planning Act 2020 will be proclaimed and become operational shortly.
  • Regulations to support the Swan Valley Planning Act 2020 are progressing.
  • The Minister for Planning will consider all submissions for the final Swan Valley Planning Scheme. 
  • The Minister for Planning will appoint members for the Swan Valley Statutory Planning Committee and the Swan Valley Strategic Leadership Group.
  • The Department will continue to work with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to create a new Swan Valley groundwater sub-area boundary as part of the draft Gnangara groundwater allocation plan.

Please email any enquiries to swanvalley@dplh.wa.gov.auSwan Valley Planning Act 2020

Additional information

Page last reviewed 25 June 2021
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