Shire Planning Services - Stay Informed

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This page has been created to assist the Shire in communicating specifically with planning, building, design and development professionals. We intend to update the page on a regular basis to keep you informed of matters which we feel may be of importance or interest to you and your work.

If you wish to receive regular updates, then please register under 'Stay Informed' (right hand side of the page).

We look forward to keeping in touch and working with you this year to achieve great development outcomes!

This page has been created to assist the Shire in communicating specifically with planning, building, design and development professionals. We intend to update the page on a regular basis to keep you informed of matters which we feel may be of importance or interest to you and your work.

If you wish to receive regular updates, then please register under 'Stay Informed' (right hand side of the page).

We look forward to keeping in touch and working with you this year to achieve great development outcomes!

  • The Shire's Local Planning Strategy is now available for public comment

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    22 September, 2020
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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.

    Have your say on the draft Document.

    Explore the strategy map (click on Local Planning Strategy 2020 module).

    The closing date for submissions is the 27 November 2020.

    There are numerous ways for you to help the Shire shape the final Strategy:



    • Take the Survey below
    • Come to a workshop (dates to be announced)
    • Send us an email – lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au
    • Contact us - Matt Slocomb 97805 238 or Matt Cuthbert 97805 226
  • Scheme and Strategy edges closer to completion

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    17 August, 2020
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    On 16 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.

  • FAQ on Westin Margaret River Resort & Spa Development (Lot 783) and additional Gnarabup development (Lots 501-504).

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    12 June, 2020
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    We’ve put a FAQ document together for the Westin Margaret River Resort & Spa Development (Lot 783) and additional Gnarabup development (Lots 501-504).

    The FAQ can be viewed here

  • Heritage Inventory Review

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    05 June, 2020
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    Update on the progress for the Local Heritage Survey

    The Shire has received multiple nominations from the community for new Heritage Places during the consultation period. Following investigations by a Heritage Consultant the Shire is happy to present nine (9) new place records to be added to the revamped ‘Local Heritage Survey (LHS)’ formerly known as the Municipal Heritage Inventory.

    The new places have been allocated a ’Level of Significance’ and the place records provide detail about their cultural heritage significance.

    The LHS itself has no direct statutory role in respect to Development and Building processes but serve however to inform the Local Heritage List.

    The following sites have been nominated to be included on the Local Heritage Survey and Heritage List:

    1. Rosa Glen School site, House, Tree and Pioneers’ Memorial (Currently CWA Rosa Glen)
    2. Margaret River Organic Community Garden
    3. Caves Road
    4. Wadandi Track Bridge (AKA Bridge over Rails to Trails)
    5. Olive Hill Farm

    The following sites have been nominated to be included on the Local Heritage Survey only:

    1. Flinders Bay Jetty
    2. Issacs’ Fence
    3. Oak Tree on Memorial Park
    4. Le Souef Boatshed

    The draft record place forms can be viewed on the Shire Website by clicking here.

    The Shire are currently liaising with the relevant landowners, following which a report will be presented to Council for final adoption.

  • Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2020 (Bill No. 192)

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    02 June, 2020
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    On the 28th May 2020, the Planning and Amendment Bill was read for the third time in the lower house of the WA Parliament.

    The purpose of this bill is to amend the Planning and Development Act 2005, and to make related amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and the Community Titles Act 2018.

    You can follow the progress of the Bill and find supporting explanatory material here.

  • Backyard Infill - Margaret River

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    28 May, 2020
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    Backyard Infill: A smarter way to grow

    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.

    Dependent 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 for more information view here.

  • Ministers Exemptions

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    20 April, 2020
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    On the 11th April 2020, Minister Saffioti, released a range of exemptions to local planning requirements under new State of Emergency powers.

    A Notice of Exemption has been issued providing a blanket two-year extension to be granted for all current development approvals to assist job-creating projects during the recovery stage. The Notice of Exemption also identifies other matters which no longer require planning approval across a number of essential local community services, including:

    • medical or health-related facilities required in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
    • truck and logistic companies needing to deliver goods but currently with restricted loading and unloading times;
    • businesses seeking to adapt by changing their current approved use;
    • restaurants and cafes required to sell takeaway in contravention of current planning conditions;
    • people operating their businesses from residential zones;
    • the parking of commercial vehicles on residential properties;
    • businesses needing to change signage; and
    • provision of temporary workers' accommodation.

    You can find the Notice of Exemption on the Shire’s website here.




  • State Government Planning Changes in response to COVID-19

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    07 April, 2020
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    By gazettal on 3 April 2020, the Minister for Planning published an amendment to the LPS Regulations which came into effect on 4 April 2020.

    The effect of the amendment was to add to Schedule 2 of the LPS Regulations a new Part 10B containing deemed clauses 78H, 78I and 78J which, as deemed provisions, take effect in every LPS in the State.

    The Amendments provide the Minister for Planning with authority to temporarily override requirements and conditions set out in a local planning scheme, and existing conditions in planning approvals.

    This could include exemptions relating to noise or amenity restrictions that guide supermarket deliveries, waste and recycling services and construction activities, and take-away and retail delivery services among other locally driven compliance requirements.

    Under the amendments, the Minister for Planning can issue a notice to suppress local scheme provisions for a single council, across a specific region or across the State.

    The Shire have incorporated the changes within its Local Planning Scheme (No. 1) available on the website here.

  • State Government Certifies LPS for Advertising

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    03 April, 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

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  • Shire of Augusta Margaret River now live on Facebook

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    11 February, 2020
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    You can find the latest news and information on Shire services on our Facebook Page here. We encourage discussion, feedback, questions and an exchange of ideas.