Water policies review
The WAPC, has reviewed the State’s water planning policy framework and released Draft State Planning Policy 2.9 Planning for Water (SPP 2.9) and Planning for Water Guidelines for public comment.
Draft SPP 2.9 and Guidelines will help streamline and simplify the current planning framework to deliver greater clarity around how water-related provisions are implemented.
Once gazetted, it is intended that SPP 2.9 and Guidelines will replace water-related policies including State Planning Policy 2.2 Gnangara groundwater protection.
To view Draft SPP 2.9 and Guidelines and have your say on its content, please visit our online consultation hub.
The policy will help local government, land development proponents and the public to ensure that land use change and development over the Gnangara mound is compatible with the long-term use of the groundwater for public consumption.
The policy provides guidance on the compatibility of land uses in priority 1, 2 and 3 source protection areas in the underground water pollution control areas and guidance on planning requirements that need to be considered before rezoning, development, or subdivision can proceed in the policy area.
The objectives of the policy are to:
- ensure that all land use changes in the policy area are compatible with the long-term protection and management of groundwater quality and quantity for public drinking water supply, in accordance with priority source protection area classification objectives
- protect groundwater quality and quantity in order to maintain the dependent ecosystems, ecological values and integrity of wetlands and native vegetation, in accordance with recognised conservation values
- protect and/or enhance the quality and quantity of groundwater, in accordance with accepted water quality guidelines and standards for the following uses
- domestic human use
- agriculture and
- recreation and aesthetics.
State planning policiesShow more
- 2.0 - Environment and natural resources policy - Jun 2003
- 2.4 - Planning for Basic Raw Materials - Jul 2021
- 2.5 - Rural planning - Dec 2016
- 2.7 - Public drinking water source - Jun 2003
- 2.8 - Bushland Policy for the Perth Metropolitan Region - Jun 2010
- 2.9 - Water resources - Dec 2006
- 3.0 - Urban growth and settlement - Mar 2006
- 4.1 - State industrial interface - May 1997
Development control and operational policiesShow more
- 1.1 - Subdivision of land - general principles - Feb 2020
- 1.2 - Development control - general principles - Aug 2004
- 1.7 - General road planning - Jun 1998
- 1.9 - Amendment to region schemes - Jan 2017
- 2.2 - Residential subdivision - Oct 2017
- 2.3 - Public open space in residential areas - May 2002
- 3.4 - Subdivision of rural land - Dec 2016
- 4.1 - Industrial subdivision - Jul 1988
- 4.2 - Planning for hazards and safety - Jun 1991
Fact sheets, guidelines and manualsShow more
- F - Bush forever - Feb 2020
- G - Better urban water management - Oct 2008
- G - Rural planning guidelines - Dec 2016
- G - Structure plan framework - Oct 2015
- G - Planning in bushfire prone areas - Dec 2015
- G - Acid sulfate soils planning guidelines - Apr 2009
- M - Local Planning manual - Mar 2010
- M - Visual landscape planning in Western Australia - Apr 2008
- M - Basic raw materials applicant's manual - Jul 2021