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Local governments are responsible for the preparation and administration of local planning schemes. Local governments may have more than one local planning scheme.
Local planning schemes set out the way land is to be used and developed. They classify areas for land use and include provisions to coordinate infrastructure and development in a locality. They also include controls to ensure long-term strategic planning.
Local governments are responsible for examining their planning schemes every five years. This gives the community an opportunity to comment on how a district or locality will be developed, and allows the WAPC and the Minister of the day the opportunity to maintain an overview.
As a result of a scheme examination, a new scheme may be prepared or a consolidated scheme may be declared.
The Minister may exempt a local government from the requirement to prepare or consolidate a local planning scheme.
A local government may decide to prepare a local planning scheme, to replace an existing scheme or to introduce a new planning scheme where one does not currently exist.
For more information contact our office on (08) 6551 9000, or see online.planning.wa.gov.au/LPS/LocalPlanningSchemes.asp.