A new statutory planning committee of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) has been created as a single decision-maker to determine subdivision and development proposals for the Swan Valley.
The single decision-maker will support appropriate tourism and hospitality while protecting the agricultural and viticulture activities in the region.
The Committee administers Swan Valley Planning Scheme No. 1, with delegated decision-making responsibility from the WAPC for development applications, subdivision and structure plans, and other functions related to the Swan Valley area.
The committee is established under Schedule 2 of the Planning and Development Act 2005 and operates in accordance with Part 4 of the Swan Valley Planning Act 2020.
- The Swan Valley Statutory Planning Committee has the function of exercising the powers or duties delegated to it under subsection (2).
- The Commission may, by resolution, delegate to the Swan Valley Statutory Planning Committee any power or duty of the Commission under the Planning and Development Act 2005, another provision of this Act or another written law.
- The Commission must ensure that the following are delegated to the Swan Valley Statutory Planning Committee under subsection (2) —
- the functions of the Commission under Part 2 of this Act;
- the functions that the Commission has under the Planning and Development Act 2005 as the responsible authority for the Swan Valley Planning Scheme;
- the functions of the Commission under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006 Parts 4 and 5;
- substantially the same functions of the Commission under the Planning and Development Act 2005 as are delegated to the Statutory Planning Committee established under the Planning and Development Act 2005 Schedule 2 clause 4, but only to the extent that those functions relate to land and development in the Swan Valley.
- The Commission must not delegate a function referred to in subsection (3)(a) to (c) to another person or body under the Planning and Development Act 2005 section 16(1).