Activity Centres for Greater Bunbury Policy
The Department of Planning, on behalf of the Western Australian Planning Commission, has released the Activity Centres for Greater Bunbury Policy.
Activity centres are community focal points within cities and towns. They are the central nodes that provide a diverse range of services, facilities and activities to enable residents, workers and visitors to participate as part of the community. Activity centres vary in size and diversity and are designed to be well-serviced.
The Activity Centres for Greater Bunbury Policy will apply to the area within the boundaries of the Greater Bunbury Region Scheme. It will specify broad planning requirements for the planning and development of new activity centres and the redevelopment and renewal of existing centres within the City of Bunbury and the Shires of Capel, Dardanup and Harvey.
Floodplain management policy
This policy outlines how flood risk needs to be considered to help decrease the impact of flooding through inappropriately located land use and development.
Priority agricultural land policy
This policy illustrates the importance of protecting agricultural land which has state or regional significance. It also plans for the protection of high quality land from permanent changes of land use.
Strategic minerals and basic raw materials policy
This policy demonstrates that proposed rezoning, subdivision or development will be in accordance with protecting mineral resources and basic raw material.
Guidelines for lifting of industrial deferment
A new zone has been introduced into the Greater Bunbury Region Scheme - Industrial Deferred. The purpose of this zone is to facilitate future industrial development in the Greater Bunbury area.
The introduction of the Industrial Deferred zone will allow for the identification of land suitable (physically and locationally) for industrial development, based on current studies or endorsed strategic documents, without the need for all the required detailed studies up front. It will provide for an interim step, allowing an amendment from Rural to Industrial Deferred to progress through the statutory process, while detailed studies are being undertaken for the sites. The GBRS scheme text has also been amended to introduce new provisions.
Guidelines for the lifting of industrial deferment have been developed. These outline the requirements that need to be fulfilled by proponents before a request for lifting of deferment will be considered by the Western Australian Planning Commission. The guidelines are similar to the Lifting or Urban Deferment guidelines.
Basic raw materials Bunbury and Busselton regions
New study considers supply and demand analysis of basic raw materials essential to the future development of the Bunbury Busselton region.
The study is a regional supply and demand analysis of the basic raw materials such as sand, gravel, hard rock and limestone required on the Bunbury- Busselton Coastal Plain to 2030. The South West is a fast-growing region, with an increasing number of people choosing to call it home each year. Currently more than 157,000 people are residents of the South West. By 2021 it is anticipated about 175,000 people will reside in the region. The topography of the region and a high ground water table means that portions of land targeted for future development will need significant fill prior to construction taking place.
The Basic Raw Materials Demand and Supply Study for the Bunbury-Busselton Region is an important tool in ensuring that the raw materials necessary for development of the region are identified and secured. It uses a new geo-science based mapping technique complied in conjunction with the Department of Mines and Petroleum to identify locations containing significant supplies of basic raw materials on the coastal plain.
Sites identified in the study do not have any priority or pre-approval for extraction and any approval for extraction will require compliance with appropriate State and Federal legislation.
The study and maps will help with the management of sites containing basic raw materials that are of regional significance and contribute to planning for the future development of the South West.