Shire Planning Services - Stay Informed

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!

  • State Government Planning Changes in response to COVID-19

    about 22 hours ago

    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.

    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

    5 days ago


    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


    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

    about 2 months ago

    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.

    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.

  • Reminder to register your short stay holiday rental with the Shire

    5 months ago

    Owners wishing to use their properties for short stay accommodation are reminded of the need to first obtain planning approval from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

    Shire chief executive officer, Stephanie Addison-Brown said the increase in community members listing their properties for short stay accommodation has been a hot topic not only locally, but across Australia and around the world.


    “Digital technology is making it much easier for people to list their properties for short-term rent, however shire approval is still needed.

    “Renting out your house, or even rooms within your house in a bed and breakfast manner needs...

    Owners wishing to use their properties for short stay accommodation are reminded of the need to first obtain planning approval from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

    Shire chief executive officer, Stephanie Addison-Brown said the increase in community members listing their properties for short stay accommodation has been a hot topic not only locally, but across Australia and around the world.


    “Digital technology is making it much easier for people to list their properties for short-term rent, however shire approval is still needed.

    “Renting out your house, or even rooms within your house in a bed and breakfast manner needs approval.

    “The shire has particular controls around this type of land use, in order to maintain the affordability and availability of housing, and to preserve amenity for our permanent residents,” she said.

    Ms Addison-Brown said approvals were typically granted for a limited period and required renewal to remain approved.

    “To help ensure the short stay rentals being advertised are authorised, the Shire periodically checks online listings against its register of approved rentals.

    “So please get in touch with our planning team if you think your approval may have expired, or if you are thinking of listing your property for short stay accommodation,” she said.

    The penalties for operating a short stay house or rooms without approval can be significant and the Shire would like to remind the community of the need to obtain prior approval.

    To obtain an approval for short stay accommodation, visit the Shire’s website https://www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/services/planning

    Alternatively contact the Shire directly for further information at spdplanning@amrshire.wa.gov.au or by calling Planning Services on 9780 5220.


  • MAJOR STEP FORWARD FOR 15 YEAR PLANNING STRATEGY

    8 months ago

    MAJOR STEP FORWARD FOR 15 YEAR PLANNING STRATEGY


    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...

    MAJOR STEP FORWARD FOR 15 YEAR PLANNING STRATEGY


    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.


  • Find out about your community with the ID Profile

    11 months ago

    Find out more about your community with ID Profile

    Do you apply for grants on behalf of a community group?

    Are you interested in demographics and economic information specifically related to our community?

    The Shire in partnership with ID Profile will soon be going live with web based detailed local area profiles, freely available to all.

    If you would like to better understand how the system could be useful to you, attend a free training session with Glenn Capuano from ID Profile.

    When - Wednesday 5th June

    Where - Margaret River Council Chambers

    Time - 11.00am -12.30pm – community...

    Find out more about your community with ID Profile

    Do you apply for grants on behalf of a community group?

    Are you interested in demographics and economic information specifically related to our community?

    The Shire in partnership with ID Profile will soon be going live with web based detailed local area profiles, freely available to all.

    If you would like to better understand how the system could be useful to you, attend a free training session with Glenn Capuano from ID Profile.

    When - Wednesday 5th June

    Where - Margaret River Council Chambers

    Time - 11.00am -12.30pm – community profile

    1.30pm - 3pm – economic profile

    If you would like to attend please RSVP to Rebecca Kevill by 31st May at spdplanning@amrshire.wa.gov.au


  • Meet the Heritage Council - 19th February 2019

    about 1 year ago




    If you are interested in finding out more about Heritage in WA, come along to a free community workshop and hear direct from the Heritage Council, the State’s primary body for heritage. Anne Arnold, Chair of the Heritage Council, will be joined by heritage architect and Heritage Council member Phil Griffiths, and representatives from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. The group will present an update on the progression of the Heritage Act 2018, identify how communities are being asked to be part of this process, and give a general update on some of the heritage highlights around the...




    If you are interested in finding out more about Heritage in WA, come along to a free community workshop and hear direct from the Heritage Council, the State’s primary body for heritage. Anne Arnold, Chair of the Heritage Council, will be joined by heritage architect and Heritage Council member Phil Griffiths, and representatives from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. The group will present an update on the progression of the Heritage Act 2018, identify how communities are being asked to be part of this process, and give a general update on some of the heritage highlights around the State in 2019.


    Following the presentation, the group will invite discussion on some of the matters raised and answer any of your heritage-related questions.

    The presentation will be held at the Margaret River Council Chambers commencing 2.30 until 4.00pm on the 19th February 2019.

    Places are limited, so please RSVP by 15 February at - info@stateheritage.wa.gov.au (Attention Brooke Hongell)


  • LPS / Local Planning Strategy Review Workshops - Call for Presenters

    over 1 year ago

    As many of you would know, the Shire has over the past 6 months, been conducting workshops as a means of ‘pre-consultation’ leading into the review of the LPS and Local Planning Strategy. The workshops have focussed on a range of subjects likely to be pivotal in influencing changes to the documents.

    For the final workshop, we want to invite those of you who frequently use the documents to give a short presentation on improvements that you believe need to be made based on your experience in using them over a long period.

    So, if you’re an architect, designer, town...

    As many of you would know, the Shire has over the past 6 months, been conducting workshops as a means of ‘pre-consultation’ leading into the review of the LPS and Local Planning Strategy. The workshops have focussed on a range of subjects likely to be pivotal in influencing changes to the documents.

    For the final workshop, we want to invite those of you who frequently use the documents to give a short presentation on improvements that you believe need to be made based on your experience in using them over a long period.

    So, if you’re an architect, designer, town planner, developer or anyone who has detailed working knowledge of LPS1 and/or the Local Planning Strategy and would be prepared to publicly share your suggestions, we want to hear from you.

    Please contact us to register your interest at lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au

    It is anticipated that the workshop would be held on the last week of November.

    If the idea of public speaking doesn’t sound like your idea of fun (we hear you) come along and listen!

    Details of the event will be posted here soon.



  • The Forever Project - Series of Workshops hosted by Chris Ferreira

    over 1 year ago

    The Forever Project
    Empowering communities towards a sustainable future

    Join us for a series of workshops hosted by gardening and sustainability expert Chris Ferreira




    Fire-wise Gardens Sundowner
    Friday 7 September, 4pm - 5pm
    Margaret River Council Chambers


    Waste-wise Food Theatre
    Saturday 8 September, 8:30am - 9:30am or 11am - 12pm
    Farmers Markets, Margaret River Education Campus


    Sustainable Homes
    Saturday 8 September, 9:45am - 10:45am
    Margaret River Organic Gardens


    All events are free to attend.

    The Forever Project
    Empowering communities towards a sustainable future

    Join us for a series of workshops hosted by gardening and sustainability expert Chris Ferreira




    Fire-wise Gardens Sundowner
    Friday 7 September, 4pm - 5pm
    Margaret River Council Chambers


    Waste-wise Food Theatre
    Saturday 8 September, 8:30am - 9:30am or 11am - 12pm
    Farmers Markets, Margaret River Education Campus


    Sustainable Homes
    Saturday 8 September, 9:45am - 10:45am
    Margaret River Organic Gardens


    All events are free to attend.

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  • Workshop 4 of the Local Planning Scheme & Strategy Review : The Towns and Villages of the Future

    over 1 year ago

    Workshop 4 - The Towns & Villages of the Future

    Join us for the fourth in a series of interactive workshops as a part of the Local Scheme and Strategy Review, covering the topics of demographic change, the size and structure of urban areas and local character.




    Council Chambers, Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River

    Monday 27 August

    4pm - 6:30pm

    All welcome, refreshments provided

    The workshop will include presentations from Shelley Cullen (Author of Margaret River Style) and Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie (University of Western Australia) followed by an informal discussion amongst guest speakers, community and...

    Workshop 4 - The Towns & Villages of the Future

    Join us for the fourth in a series of interactive workshops as a part of the Local Scheme and Strategy Review, covering the topics of demographic change, the size and structure of urban areas and local character.




    Council Chambers, Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River

    Monday 27 August

    4pm - 6:30pm

    All welcome, refreshments provided

    The workshop will include presentations from Shelley Cullen (Author of Margaret River Style) and Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie (University of Western Australia) followed by an informal discussion amongst guest speakers, community and Shire Councillors.

    RSVP via email to lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au or at https://yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/lps-review


    Stay tuned for more information on future workshop dates or sign up to yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au for all the details.


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