Local Planning Strategy 2036

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The Strategy sets a direction for how the Shire will manage land use and population change over a 15 year period.

The Strategy has been preceded by 18 months of pre-consultation with valuable contributions from community members/groups and industry included in the draft document.

Submissions on the draft Local Planning Strategy 2036 closed on 20 December 2020/ The team are now analysing the results and will post an update here soon.

Explore the strategy maps (click on the "Local Planning Strategy 2020" module) or view by townsite profile.

Send us an email – lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au or call us for more info - Matt Slocomb 97805 238 or Matt Cuthbert 97805 226




The Strategy sets a direction for how the Shire will manage land use and population change over a 15 year period.

The Strategy has been preceded by 18 months of pre-consultation with valuable contributions from community members/groups and industry included in the draft document.

Submissions on the draft Local Planning Strategy 2036 closed on 20 December 2020/ The team are now analysing the results and will post an update here soon.

Explore the strategy maps (click on the "Local Planning Strategy 2020" module) or view by townsite profile.

Send us an email – lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au or call us for more info - Matt Slocomb 97805 238 or Matt Cuthbert 97805 226




  • Scheme and Strategy edge closer to completion

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    17 Aug 2020

    On 26 August 2020, Council will consider draft Local Planning Scheme No. 2 (LPS2) for the purposes of allowing it to be advertised for public consultation (see Council report in document library). Council will also note the Local Planning Strategy which has been modified to accord with the requirements of the Western Australian Planning Commission and can now be publicly advertised.

    Subject to Council’s approval, LPS2 will be forwarded to the EPA and WAPC before it can be advertised which is likely to occur in the first 3 months of 2021. The Strategy, having already been certified by the WAPC, will be subject to a consultation process which will occur between September and November 2020.

    The completion of these documents through to draft stage represents the culmination of 2 years of work with extensive input from the local community.

  • Backyard Infill - A smart way to grow

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    28 May 2020
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    Over the last three months Shire planning staff have been conducting in depth discussions with land owners, about an exciting new model of urban development and how it might be beneficial for the development of their land.

    ‘Backyard Infill’ is about increasing the number of people that live within our existing neighbourhoods thus avoiding the need to create new ones. Its about growing without expanding.

    Dependant on receiving positive community feedback, the project will be implemented through the preparation of a new Local Planning Scheme and Strategy for the Shire.

    Check out the Urban Infill Flyers for more information.

  • State Government Certifies LPS for Advertising

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    28 May 2020
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    At its meeting of the 10th March the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) resolved to provide the Shire “certification” of the draft Local Planning Strategy allowing it to be advertised for a period of public consultation. In doing so, the WAPC required the Shire to undertake some modifications to the document. The WAPC’s decision lends significant support to the principles for managing growth and development in the Shire developed in partnership with the community.

    Shire officers will now complete the changes and commence a period of public consultation when it is safe and responsible to do so having regard to the effects of COVID-19.

    The coming consultation process will build on an extensive pre-consultation process undertaken over a period of 12 month


  • Major Step Forward for 15 Year Planning Strategy

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    19 Aug 2019
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    At the Ordinary Council meeting of 14 August, Council resolved to forward the Shire’s new draft Local Planning Strategy to the Western Australian Planning Commission for certification. Once certified the document will be subject to period of consultation.

    A Local Planning Strategy is a document which sets a vision for the size, look and feel of the Shire’s neighbourhoods, towns and natural areas over a 10 to15-year period. The strategy sets a direction for future planning to manage population growth, and establishes policy positions that flow through to day-to-day decision making.

    The draft Strategy was informed by an extensive pre-consultation process undertaken over 12 months. In making their decision to support the draft, Council thanked all of the individuals and groups who have provided input throughout the pre-consultation period and encouraged the community to continue to engage in the consultation process.

    Community members wishing to stay up to date with the process can sign up to the Shire’s project page at https://yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/lps-review.


  • Issues and Options Paper - Workshop 6 and Student Workshop Summary now Available

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    20 Dec 2018

    The issues and options paper from Workshop 6 is now available for review and public comment. The document can be accessed under the document library section of the page.

    Comments are requested prior to the 14 January 2018 via email to lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au

    The Shire also held workshops with two year 10 classes at Margaret River Senior High School in early December. The students undertook a task to help identify their values and understand how they would approach the future development of the Shire.

    The summary of the student workshops can be accessed under the document library section of the page.

  • RSVP's for Workshop 6 now open

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    22 Nov 2018
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    Please click on the RSVP tab above to register your interest in attending Workshop 6

    We have invited those people who use our Scheme and Strategy the most (other than ourselves) to present what they see could be changed as a part of the review. Glenn Ahola, Marc Halsall and Neil Tweedie will be presenting, and it is intended that the session will be more informal than our previous workshops, with opportunities provided for attendees to put forward their ideas.



  • Issues and Options Paper - Workshop 5

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    13 Nov 2018

    The issues and options paper from Workshop 5 is now available for review and public comment. The document can be accessed under the document library section of the page or by clicking on the link below.

    Comments are requested prior to the 3 December 2018 via email to lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au(External link)

    Issues and Options Paper - Workshop 5
  • RSVP's for Workshop 5 now open

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    19 Oct 2018
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    Please click on the RSVP tab above to register your interest in attending Workshop 5

    The workshop will include presentations from Barbara Maidment (Margaret River Business Centre) and Jason McFarlane (Far Lane Consulting), which will focus on ideas and options for creating a supportive planning environment for small business.


  • Issues And Options Paper - Workshop 4

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    11 Sep 2018

    The issues and options paper from Workshop 4 is now available for review and public comment. The document can be accessed under the document library section of the page or by clicking on the link below. Comments are requested prior to the 1 October 2018 via email to lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au

    Issues and Options Workshop 4
  • The Forever Project

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    04 Sep 2018
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    As a part of the Local Planning Strategy review a sundowner is to be held on Friday 7 September 2018 which is going to be hosted by Chris Ferreira with a presentation on Fire-wise Gardens. Fire has frequently been raised at our workshops as a key issue. This informal session will involve a presentation by Chris on how we can use our gardens to assist in keeping our homes safe.