There are pressures on the coastal zone for land use and development for a variety of purposes including a mix of recreational, residential, industrial and commercial uses. The policy provides a balanced approach to these often competing needs and desires in a way that takes into account the values of the coastal zone. The policy ensures that current and future generations of Western Australians can benefit from opportunities presented by the values and resources of the Western Australian coast.
Guidance is provided for land use and development decision-making within the coastal zone including managing development and land use change; establishment of coastal foreshore reserves; and to protect, conserve and enhance coastal values. The policy recognises and responds to regional diversity in coastal types; requires that coastal hazard risk management and adaptation is appropriately planned for; encourages innovative approaches to managing coastal hazard risk; and provides for public ownership of coastal foreshore reserves.
Implementation will be through state planning policy, regional strategies, local planning strategies and regional and local planning schemes. Implementation will also occur through the day to day decision-making on zoning, structure plans, subdivision, strata subdivision and development applications, and actions of decision-makers in carrying out their responsibilities.
The objectives of this policy are to:
- ensure that the location of coastal facilities takes into account coastal processes, landform stability, coastal hazards, climate change and biophysical criteria
- ensure the identification of appropriate areas for the sustainable use of the coast for housing, tourism, recreation, ocean access, maritime industry, commercial and other activities
- provide for public coastal foreshore reserves and access to them on the coast
- protect, conserve and enhance coastal zone values, particularly in areas of landscape, biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, indigenous and cultural significance.
The Coastal hazard risk management and adaptation planning guidelines provide guidance for decision-makers to develop and implement effective coastal hazard risk management and adaptation plans. The Guidelines should be read in conjunction with State Planning Policy 2.6 and the State Planning Policy 2.6 Guidelines. A review of the Guidelines was completed in mid-2019.
State planning policyShow more
- 2.0 - Environment and natural resources policy - Jun 2003
- 2.1 - Peel-Harvey coastal plain catchment - Feb 1992
- 2.4 - Planning for Basic Raw Materials - Jul 2021
- 2.5 - Rural planning - Dec 2016
- 3.0 - Urban growth and settlement - Mar 2006
- 3.4 - Natural hazards and disasters - Apr 2006
- 3.6 - Development contributions for infrastructure - Apr 2021
- 3.7 - Planning in bushfire prone areas - Dec 2015
- 6.1 - Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge - Jan 2003
- 6.3 - Ningaloo Coast - Aug 2004
Development control and operational policiesShow more
- 1.1 - Subdivision of land - general principles - Feb 2020
- 1.2 - Development control - general principles - Aug 2004
- 1.8 - Canal estates and artificial waterway developments - May 2012
- 2.2 - Residential subdivision - Oct 2017
- 2.3 - Public open space in residential areas - May 2002
- 4.2 - Planning for hazards and safety - Jun 1991
Fact sheets, guidelines and manualsShow more
- G - State coastal planning policy guidelines - Nov 2020
- G - Better urban water management - Oct 2008
- G - Planning in bushfire prone areas - Dec 2015
- G - Acid sulfate soils planning guidelines - Apr 2009
- G - Transport impact assessment guidelines - Aug 2016
- G - Structure plan framework - Oct 2015
- M - Coastal planning and management manual - Feb 2005
- M - Visual landscape planning in Western Australia - Apr 2008