Local Planning Strategy and Local Planning Scheme Review 

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held 18 December 2019, Council resolved to approve the "Report of Review" with regards to whether, in the opinion of the Shire, the Local Planning Strategy (the Strategy) and Local Planning Scheme (the Scheme) required review. 

A full copy of the Council report and relevant resolution is available here.

In October 2020, the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) considered and delivered a report from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) regarding the status of the Strategy and Scheme, taking into consideration Council’s recommended Report of Review.

The WAPC determined that a review of the Strategy and the preparation of a new Scheme was required.

The report of the WAPC is confidential, however the final determination can be viewed here.


How will the Bunbury-Geographe Sub-Regional Strategy impact this process?

In November 2020, the draft Bunbury-Geographe Sub-Regional Strategy (BGSRS) was released by the DPLH for public consultation. The BGSRS will set broad, high level objectives for the Bunbury-Geographe region and may shape the review of the Strategy.

It will be important to consider the objectives of the BGSRS for the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup and how this may impact the area.

A copy of the Draft BGSRS can be viewed here.  

Public consultation for the Draft BGSRS ends 12 February 2021.


What does this mean?

 In order to comply with the WAPC’s determination, Council and the relevant Shire Officers are required to:

  1. Review the Local Planning Strategy and prepare an amendment as required;  AND
  2. Prepare a new Local Planning Scheme.

It is also important that the Shire review the Draft BGSRS, specifically the implications for the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup, and prepare a submission for DPLH consideration.


What is the timeframe for the review of the Local Planning Strategy and Local Planning Scheme?

Subject to Council’s future decision on budgeting, resourcing and project prioritisation, it is anticipated that the review of the Strategy and Scheme will commence mid to end of 2021. 

An overview of the initial project timeframe can be viewed here.