Taking action on planning reform
Image courtesy of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
In response to the 2018 Planning Reform Green Paper, the State Government has released the Action Plan for Planning Reform ‘Better planning, better places’ to simplify and improve Western Australia’s planning system.
Responding to community and industry concerns about better consistency, accountability, and reducing overly complex red tape, the Action Plan looks to address three key objectives to ensure planning:
- creates great places for people
- is easier to understand and navigate
- systems are consistent and efficient.
“This is part of a range of recent efforts to create a planning framework that fosters vibrancy, business opportunity and street activation – rather than discouraging it,” Parliamentary Secretary John Carey said.
“It’s about creating a planning system that takes the community with it through the process, says ‘yes’ to good ideas and responds to varying community needs.”
The Action Plan aligns with efforts to ensure liveable environments, well-connected communities and more housing choice through transformational projects such as METRONET.
Next steps will involve considerable stakeholder involvement to shape the detail for some of the reform initiatives.
“This Action Plan is about the State Government setting the agenda. That means working with local governments and other stakeholders towards better consistency, less red tape and more transparency,” Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said.
For more information view the Action Plan on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.
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