Since publication of the Western Australian Planning Commission’s (WAPC) State Planning Policy 6.1 Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge in 1998, the sub-region has experienced substantial growth that has led to the emergence of new challenges. Current planning issues include managing urban growth and tourism, responding to coastal and bushfire hazards, and protecting biodiversity, agricultural uses and landscape values.
The Leeuwin-Naturaliste Sub-regional Strategy aims to help meet these challenges and balance economic, social and environmental considerations over its 20 year time horizon (to 2039).
When first published in May 2019, the Strategy identified five Planning Investigation Areas. Since that time those areas have been investigated by the WAPC and the Strategy has been amended to reflect the outcomes of those investigations.