• WA Government launch new planning reform action plan


    REIWA commends the McGowan Government on its decision to release a 19-point plan to simplify and improve Western Australia’s planning system, which will not only support vibrant communities but also encourage new businesses.

    In addition, the new action plan will provide greater consistencies across local governments and stakeholders, aid the delivery of vital developments such as METROHUBS and will create new jobs which will boost the economy.

    The biggest change will be introducing a new simplified online system which modernises and streamlines the planning process. This ensures that information is readily available for everyone, whilst removing the overly complex red tape.

    The 19 initiatives outlined in the action plan includes community-driven proposals, such as:

    • Slashing the number of land zones from over 1000 to less than 300.
    • Development assessment processes are streamlined and outcomes focussed.
    • Abolishing the need for small businesses to apply for change of use in town centres and main streets.
    • Targeted reduction in approval timeframes for low risk planning proposals.
    • State wide consistent community consultation processes for development proposals.
    • Changes to Development Assessment Panels to boost consistency and transparency.

    Next steps requires the WA Government to consult with relevant stakeholders to shape the detail of some of the initiatives.

    REIWA will be making a submission to the WA Government. If you would like to provide feedback, please email REIWA Advocacy and Policy Manager Sadie Davidson at [email protected].

    For more information about REIWA's advocacy efforts, visit our advocacy page. 



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