Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Pages - Statement Details: Reform cut red tape and streamlined planning

Pages - Statement Details: “A major achievement in Western Australia’s planning reform agenda came in July 2011 with the establishment of 15 Development Assessment Panels which have combined professional input with local representation as part of the process to approve major land developments.”

Achievements have included planning reform legislation, adoption of the Directions 2031 and Beyond strategy, the Multi-Unit Housing Code and the online Urban Development Program.

The Minister said a great deal of energy and commitment had also gone into planning for regional WA, with the establishment of regional planning committees and preparation of regional planning and infrastructure frameworks, which would guide development across WA.

The 2012 national Development Assessment Report Card, issued annually by the Property Council of Australia gave Western Australia’s planning system an overall score of 7.1 out of 10, up from 5.3 in 2010, and ranking WA second in the country. The property council cited planning reform initiatives and the introduction of Development Assessment Panels as the key reasons for the significant improvement in WA’s score.

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