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December 2019

Message from the Chairman

As we close the year, we celebrate fantastic achievements in planning in Western Australia with the Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Excellence, and the annual Open House Perth event showcasing our State’s best examples of innovation in planning, design and development.
 
Two Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) projects were nominated for excellence in delivering improved planning processes and practices with the first stage of Design WA edging out the Urban Tree Canopy project for the win.
 
These events are a true celebration of the value of planning in our community. Congratulations to the award winners, all nominees and to the many brilliant developments showcased during Open House Perth. More than 75,000 people flooded through the doors and grounds of some of Perth’s most exceptional examples of architecture, landscapes and urban design making this year’s Open House Perth a huge success once again. 
 
The biannual State of Australian Cities Conference came to Perth earlier this month for the first time since 2009. This gave me cause to reflect on the growth of our city over the past ten years which has seen landmark developments in Optus Stadium, Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square, RAC Arena and the Scarborough Foreshore adding to the unique identity of our ever-evolving city. Our city boasts a more fulsome city skyline thanks to the Brookfield Place, Hibernian Place, Raine Square and Capital Square developments amongst many other commercial and residential towers across the CBD. 
 
Each of these new places are great examples of how good planning and innovative, culturally appropriate development can capture the imagination of our city and create popular, much-loved places for locals and visitors to enjoy. These now completed locations have hosted many celebrations over the festive season, and will host more popular events this summer.
 
I recently had the pleasure of attending the launch of our local arm of PlacemakingX, the global network of planners and placemakers dedicated to creating healthy, inclusive and beloved communities. I am sure the community will enjoy the innovative and creative outcomes bolstered by this collaborative network.
 
Next year, we will continue implementing the recommendations of the Action Plan for Planning Reform and I look forward to greater and more meaningful engagement with the community on policy development, reform and amendments.
 
I would like to wish you and your families a safe and happy festive season.

David Caddy
Chairman
Western Australian Planning Commission

WAPC transparency improvements

The Action Plan for Planning Reform, released in August 2019, identifies transparency improvements for the WAPC and Statutory Planning Committee (SPC). A key focus of these improvements is to enable the community, local governments and proponents to make better informed deputations.

As part of the early reforms, the WAPC and is currently implementing a number of changes to improve the transparency of reports that it, and the SPC, considers.

The Committee trialled the new arrangements at its meeting on 26 November 2019 and the WAPC will adopt the new practices in 2020. A new online form has also been developed for parties wishing to make deputations or presentations to the WAPC or SPC.

The Planning Reform team within DPLH are working to implement other early actions including improvements to Development Assessment Panels. Further updates on the progress of planning reform will be provided in the new year.

Design WA Stage One wins at Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards

The Design WA Stage One project won the Improving Planning Processes and Practices award at the 2019 PIA Awards for Planning Excellence

The awards are an opportunity for planners to share achievements and celebrate the value planning brings to our communities. Each winner in the individual State categories will have another opportunity at the National PIA Awards next year.

Special mention goes to the Urban Tree Canopy project which was also nominated in the Improving Planning Processes and Practices category.

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Pia’s Place playspace captures spirit of inclusion and adventure

More than 100 very special guests gathered this month for the official opening of Pia's Place, an all-abilities, nature-based playspace near Mussel Pool in Whiteman Park.

The innovative playspace is accessible to all children, including wheelchair users and children with mobility issues, cognitive, sensory or social-emotional challenges.  The playspace is supported by a new Changing Places facility.

The WAPC contributed $1.5million to make this long-imagined playspace a reality.
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Media statement

Planning for a bushfire safe state

Bushfire protection across all of Western Australia is a State Government priority to ensure the safety of all communities.

Bushfire Framework Review 2019 update

Following release of an Action Plan for the review of the State’s Bushfire Framework, a cross-agency working group has joined forces with CSIRO to develop a new Statewide Map of Bushfire Prone Areas, based on scientific modelling.
A review of State Planning Policy 3.7 - Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas and the associated guidelines is also underway.  The WAPC expects to consider a directions paper early in the new year that identifies key issues and potential policy responses.
To receive updates on the Bushfire Framework Review 2019 or to be involved in a new Stakeholder Reference Group to aid the drafting of a review planning policy and guidelines, email bushfirereview@dplh.wa.gov.au.
 
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The WAPC released two new bushfire position statements in November.

Position Statement: Tourism Land Uses in Bushfire Prone Areas introduces a range of measures to ensure bushfire risk is considered appropriately and cognisant of the land use.

Position Statement: Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas – Demonstrating Element 1: Location and Element 2: Siting and Design provides clarification and further interpretation of Elements 1 and 2 to assist decision-makers in the consideration of subdivisions and strategic planning proposals where BAL-40 or BAL-FZ remains on the proposed lot(s).
 
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Reforms pave the way for WA’s first special entertainment precincts

New planning and environmental reforms to protect Western Australia's entertainment areas, starting with Perth's nightlife centre of Northbridge, are now out for public comment. 

The reforms are part of the McGowan Government's election commitment to support the State's music industry.

Media statement

Talking design with local government

Last month, the State Design Review Panel (SDRP) with the Office of the Government Architect ran information sessions for local government to share information about the role of the panel and the importance of good design in planning.

A range of topics were discussed including State Planning Policy 7.0Design of the Built Environment, emerging issues for in planning and development for State and local government, eligibility for establishing a Design Review Panel and a robust conversation about what constitutes good design.

Participants shared their perspectives, asked questions and left the session with a commitment to participate in a network of local government planners and continue the conversation into the future.

The SDRP is an independent, expert panel across varying disciplines and chaired by the Government Architect.

The SDRP is part of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, working collaboratively to support the Government’s Design WA initiative which aims to put good design at the heart of development. 
 

Master planning gets underway for Subi East

A key milestone in the delivery of a vibrant new inner-city community at Subi East has been reached, with the completion of demolition works at Subiaco Oval - one of the biggest demolition projects ever undertaken in WA, and the beginning of Master Planning for the area.
The Master Planning process will develop the detailed long-term plan for Subi East, providing a roadmap to guide future growth and development including comprehensive information on the site's layout, development type and public spaces while building on the Vision Concept released in January.
As part of the master planning process for Subi East DevelopmentWA is inviting both the local and wider community to share their stories and hopes for the area.
 
Media statement

Consultations now open through DPLH Consultation Hub

The WAPC is seeking views of stakeholders and all members of the community on a number of draft position statements.

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