Important alterations were recently made to the Western Australian planning system on 19 October 2015, when the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (WA) (Regulations) took effect and replaced the Town Planning Regulations 1967 (WA). The Regulations introduce a number of changes, namely:
- new Model Scheme text, which provides a template for local governments to include in all new or updated local planning schemes;
- deemed provisions, which have immediate effect and are taken to be read into every local planning scheme in Western Australia; and
- regulations that detail the preparation and amendment procedures relating to local planning schemes and local planning strategies.
We will provide a more detailed analysis of particular aspects of the Regulations, for example, in relation to the treatment of structure plans, in the near future.
Since the date of this article, we have published a further article on the detail of particular aspects of the Regulations.