Local Planning Framework Review

In order to comply with the directive of the Western Australian Planning Commission, the Shire has commenced a review of the Local Planning framework including;

The purpose of reviewing and preparing new documentation is to create a contemporary Local Planning framework that accurately reflects the objectives of the Shire and community in relation to land use and development within the district. 

The review must be undertaken in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.

To view information regarding the current status of the project, click here

 

Project Plan and Timeframe

In November 2021, Shire Officers prepared a Project Plan that broadly outlines the process including relevant State, Regional and Local context that will shape the documentation.

To view the complete Project Plan, click here. 

The timeframes provided are indicative only as there are a number of variables and challenges that will influence the overall project timeframe which may result in an increase or decrease to the overall duration of the project. Shire Officers will review the timeframe and update it as the project progresses.

To view the indicative project timeframe and each of the stages of the review as extracted from the Project Plan, click here.

 Indicative Timeframe

 

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Current Stage of the Project

The project has been broken into 8 broad stages:

  1. Preliminary Review and Project Plan Preparations
  2. Public Engagement and Research
  3. Draft Document Preparation
  4. Public Consultation and Advertising
  5. Consideration of Submissions
  6. Final Document Review
  7. Endorsement
  8. Final Publication

To view the indicative project timeframe and each of the stages of the review as extracted from the Project Plan, click here. 

Stage 1 has been completed.  

Public consultation regarding this Project is expected to commence mid-2022 (Stage 4). In preparation for this future consultation, a preliminary engagement survey has been prepared for community participation.

The key purpose of the engagement survey is; 
  • to translate broad themes from the Strategic Community Plan into actionable objectives within the context of the Planning framework;
  • to find out how the community would like to be engaged with during the consultation stage of the project; and
  • to establish a mailing list of all community members that are directly interested in the review project.

The survey should take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

To take the preliminary engagement survey, please click here.

Survey participation, preliminary comments and/or suggestions are to be completed by 7 February 2022. 

 

    

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Relevant Documentation 

Local planning is bound by State regulations which stipulate how the documentation is to be prepared. The local planning framework is specific to each Local Government however is largely shaped by the overarching State and Regional Planning framework. In addition, there are a number of Local documents that need to be considered when reviewing the planning framework. 

Relevant documents that will shape the review of the Shire's Local Planning framework include but are not limited to:

Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015

State Planning Strategy 2050

Draft Bunbury-Geographe Sub-regional Strategy

State Planning Policies

WAPC Development Control and Operational Policies

Shire of Donnybrook Balingup Strategic Community Plan 2032

Growing Donnybrook Balingup Growth Plan

Municipal Heritage Inventory - Part 1

Municipal Heritage Inventory - Part 2 

Local Laws

 

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Further Information

To find out further information about the review, you may review the Project Plan here.

There are also number of frequently asked questions below that may be of assistance.

If you would like to make any comments, have any questions or would like to join the mailing list for the project and be kept updated, you can email planning@donnybrook.wa.gov.au. 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 
Why is the Shire intending to review the Local Planning Strategy and Local Planning Scheme?

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.

 
What does this mean?

In order to comply with the WAPC’s determination made in October 2020 (described above), 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.

 

Is the Shire intending to review Local Planning Policies as well?

Yes. The preparation of a new Local Planning Scheme will form part of the Shire’s overall upcoming Strategic Planning review which will include:

  • Review and amendment of the current Local Planning Strategy;
  • Review of Local Planning Scheme No. 7 and preparation of a new Local Planning Scheme; and
  • Review and consolidation of all Local Planning Policies.

 

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 is 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.  

Council at their Ordinary Meeting held 24 February 2021 endorsed a schedule of comments for submission to the DPLH representing the formal views of the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup. A full copy of this report can be viewed here.

 

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

In November 2021, Shire Officers prepared a Project Plan that broadly outlines the process of the review and indicative timeframe to complete the project.

To view the complete Project Plan, click here. 

The timeframes provided are indicative only as there are a number of variables and challenges that will influence the overall project timeframe which may result in an increase or decrease to the overall duration of the project. Shire Officers will review the timeframe and update it as the project progresses.

 

What is the process to prepare a new Local Planning Scheme?

The process to review, amend and/or prepare a Local Planning Strategy, Local Planning Scheme and Local Planning Policy are set by the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.

A full copy of the Regulations can be viewed here.

The DPLH have also prepared a flowchart on the specific process to adopt a new Local Planning Scheme which can be viewed here.

 

Will the community have an opportunity to contribute to this process?

Yes. Under the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, once the relevant documents are prepared, they are required to be advertised to the general public.

Public consultation regarding this Project is expected to commence mid-2022. In preparation for this consultation, a preliminary engagement survey has been prepared for community participation. To find out more about the survey click here.

The community are welcome to make a submission on the documents during this advertising period. All submissions will be reviewed and considered by the Shire.

In the meantime, if you would like to make any comments or have any questions you can direct them to planning@donnybrook.wa.gov.au. 

  

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