Local Planning Strategy 2036

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New Local Planning Strategy adopted

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Council has adopted a new local planning strategy to guide land use and population change across the region over the next 15 years.

The new strategy was adopted by Council on 12 May and is now awaiting final approval from the Western Australian Planning Commission.

Shire Manager Planning and Development Services Matt Cuthbert said development of the strategy had been guided by an extensive consultation process to ensure it was in line with community aspirations and values.

“The strategy explores a number of issues and actions that came directly from the consultation process,” he said.

“This not only helped formulate a robust strategy, but it gives the community a greater sense of ownership over planning for the region’s future.”

The strategy focuses the Shire’s attention on areas of importance, such as landscape, character and the natural environment.

These areas will be supported by refocusing planning intervention away from low-risk development and shifting it to developments that pose a real risk to community amenity, environmental conservation and landscape character.

Mr Cuthbert said a key point of difference from its 2011 precursor was that this strategy did not identify new land for development and instead focused on accommodating population change through better use of land already committed to future development.

See a full copy of the new strategy here.

Schedule of Modifications

Council Minutes 12 May 2021

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





New Local Planning Strategy adopted

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Council has adopted a new local planning strategy to guide land use and population change across the region over the next 15 years.

The new strategy was adopted by Council on 12 May and is now awaiting final approval from the Western Australian Planning Commission.

Shire Manager Planning and Development Services Matt Cuthbert said development of the strategy had been guided by an extensive consultation process to ensure it was in line with community aspirations and values.

“The strategy explores a number of issues and actions that came directly from the consultation process,” he said.

“This not only helped formulate a robust strategy, but it gives the community a greater sense of ownership over planning for the region’s future.”

The strategy focuses the Shire’s attention on areas of importance, such as landscape, character and the natural environment.

These areas will be supported by refocusing planning intervention away from low-risk development and shifting it to developments that pose a real risk to community amenity, environmental conservation and landscape character.

Mr Cuthbert said a key point of difference from its 2011 precursor was that this strategy did not identify new land for development and instead focused on accommodating population change through better use of land already committed to future development.

See a full copy of the new strategy here.

Schedule of Modifications

Council Minutes 12 May 2021

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




  • Issues and Options Paper - Workshop 3

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    The issues and options paper from Workshop 3 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 10 September 2018 via email to lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au

    Issues and Options Workshop 3
  • Issues and Options Paper - Workshop 2

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    The issues and options paper from Workshop 2 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 6 August 2018 via email to lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au.

    Issues and Options Workshop 2



  • Issues and Options Paper - Workshop 1

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    The issues and options paper from Workshop 1 has been released which is available for download under the document library section of the page or by clicking on the link below. Please feel free to provide feedback or comments on the paper prior to the 6 July 2018 via email to lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au.


    Issues and Options Paper

  • Council Decision - Local Planning Strategy/Scheme Review

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    On the 9 April, Council resolved:

    ….pursuant to Regulation 66(3) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes)

    Regulations 2015 to recommend to the Western Australian Planning Commission that:

    1. The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Local Planning Strategy should be reviewed to ensure that it addresses contemporary planning, economic, social and environmental issues as will be informed by a comprehensive consultation process; and

    2. The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Planning Scheme No.1 should be amended to accord with a revised Strategy.

    Council’s resolution together with a report evaluating the effectiveness of the existing Scheme and Strategy (which can be found here) will now be forwarded to the WAPC. It is hoped that the WAPC will approve of the Shire intended approach to the Scheme and Strategy review in the near future.


  • Local Planning Strategy and Scheme Review

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    Help maintain and enhance our natural and built environment.

    Our Local Planning Strategy sets a vision for the size, look and feel of neighbourhoods, towns and natural areas within the Shire over a 10-15 year period. Our Local Planning Scheme is the rulebook ensuring development aligns with this vision. Over the next 18 months, these important documents will be reviewed with the help of the community.

    Local Governments are required to review these planning documents periodically, to ensure they take into account contemporary planning, environmental, economic and social issues.

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