What is a Local Planning Strategy?

A Local Planning Strategy sets a vision for the size, look and feel of neighbourhoods, towns and natural areas in the Shire over a 10-15 year period. The strategy sets directions to plan for and manage population growth, and policy positions are established that flow through to day-to-day decision making. A Local Planning Strategy is required by the State Government to reflect regional and state planning policy. 

What is a Local Planning Scheme?

The Scheme is the rulebook that ensures that development aligns with the vision articulated by the Local Planning Strategy. The Scheme establishes various zones throughout the Shire, determines what uses can occur in these zones and the development standards that apply. 

Why does the Local Planning Strategy/Scheme need to be reviewed?

Local Governments are required to review Local Planning Schemes periodically (generally every 5 years). The Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations, which came into effect in 2015 require that the Shire must commence a review of LPS1 which was gazetted in 2010 in 2018.

It is commonplace (and good practice) to review the Local Planning Strategy in tandem with the Scheme to ensure it takes into account contemporary planning, economic, social and environmental issues. 

How can I get involved?

Attend a workshop

Workshops will provide an opportunity to explore with Shire Councillors and the community the major issues affecting the sustainable development of the Shire. Come along and listen to a presentation by individuals with in depth knowledge of some of the most topical issues facing our community. Ask a question, provide your suggestions or just keep informed.

Talk to Us

Shire staff and Councillors want to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Send us an email, write to us, make an appointment and come in for a chat. Our contact details can be found at the bottom right hand corner of the page.

Suggest some Options (or comment on ours!)

Options and Issues papers will be prepared as an outcome from each workshop, detailing planning issues and responses as suggested by you, planning staff and Shire Councillors. These will be released for further consideration by the broader community, so if you can’t make it to a workshop – this is an ideal way to have your say. 

Who has the final say?

Once a draft strategy has been finalised it will be presented to the Western Australian Planning Commission for final approval. You can find out more about the WAPC here: https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/About-the-WAPC.aspx. Amendments to LPS require consideration by the WAPC and final approval by the Minister for Planning.