Local Planning Policy P301- Advertising of Planning Proposals

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The feedback period has now closed.

The City is reviewing Local Planning Policy P301 - Advertising of Planning Proposals (formerly Community Engagement in Planning Proposals). The draft modified local planning policy provides guidance for consulting with stakeholders and the community on development applications and strategic planning proposals where advertising is undertaken.

This review is seeking to ensure that consultation on planning proposals continues to meet City, stakeholder and community expectations. The draft modified policy will better reflect the way we consult with stakeholders, which goes above and beyond the minimum requirements of state government legislation. The draft modified policy will primarily guide the advertising of development applications. Strategic planning proposals such as scheme amendments, local planning strategies and local planning policies will continue to be the subject of their own individual engagement processes.

The last major review of the existing policy was in 2016 and since then the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has prepared a set of model guidelines for the advertising of planning proposals. Using this model as a base, the review considered how to best ensure that all affected stakeholders are provided an opportunity to give feedback. This involved looking at what factors the City should consider when determining consultation methods and length of advertising for each proposal. The draft modified policy is more legible and easier to administer and ensures that consultation is done in a more meaningful and targeted way.

Read about the proposed changes below.

The feedback period closed at 4pm, Friday 31 July 2020.

The feedback period has now closed.

The City is reviewing Local Planning Policy P301 - Advertising of Planning Proposals (formerly Community Engagement in Planning Proposals). The draft modified local planning policy provides guidance for consulting with stakeholders and the community on development applications and strategic planning proposals where advertising is undertaken.

This review is seeking to ensure that consultation on planning proposals continues to meet City, stakeholder and community expectations. The draft modified policy will better reflect the way we consult with stakeholders, which goes above and beyond the minimum requirements of state government legislation. The draft modified policy will primarily guide the advertising of development applications. Strategic planning proposals such as scheme amendments, local planning strategies and local planning policies will continue to be the subject of their own individual engagement processes.

The last major review of the existing policy was in 2016 and since then the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has prepared a set of model guidelines for the advertising of planning proposals. Using this model as a base, the review considered how to best ensure that all affected stakeholders are provided an opportunity to give feedback. This involved looking at what factors the City should consider when determining consultation methods and length of advertising for each proposal. The draft modified policy is more legible and easier to administer and ensures that consultation is done in a more meaningful and targeted way.

Read about the proposed changes below.

The feedback period closed at 4pm, Friday 31 July 2020.

  • Delay in final adoption of draft modified P301

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    05 Oct 2020

    Public advertising on draft modified P301 - Advertising of Planning Proposals closed on 31 July 2020. Thank you to all those who provided their feedback.

    The proposed timeline for this project indicated that the policy would be presented to Council for final adoption in September or October 2020 following review of the feedback received. However, in late August 2020 the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) released draft modifications to the Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015 (Regulations) for public comment. A number of these draft modifications have a direct impact on the advertising of planning proposals.

    Therefore the City made the decision to delay presenting the draft modified P301 to Council for final adoption until after the amendments to the Regulations are finalised. This is expected to happen later this year. The existing Local Planning Policy P301 Community Engagement in Planning Proposal will remain in place and continue to apply until such time that any modified version is adopted by Council.

    Details on the draft amendments to the Regulations can be found on the DPLH website.

  • Proposed changes to the policy

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    17 Jun 2020

    The proposed major changes and the reasons for these changes are:

    Major Changes

    Reasoning

    Removal of the notification letters (information only letters) to adjoining properties

    • Gives the illusion of consultation where it is for information purposes only
    • Those likely to be affected by a proposal will be advertised to and have the opportunity to comment

    Simplification of the advertising requirements through:

    • Having all minimum advertising requirements in one table
    • Consistent requirements for all application types with more guidance on increasing advertising scope/timeframes where necessary
    • Alignment with WALGA guidelines
    • Easier for the community to understand
    • Easier to administer in a fair and transparent way
    • Better guidance on varying the minimum advertising timeframes and minimum advertising areas will ensure that all potentially affected stakeholders are consulted.
    • Fairer and more consistent than the existing policy

    Reduction in the minimum advertising area for some developments and change in the method for measuring the advertising area

    • Current policy considered to be excessive in advertising area and often doesn’t advertise to the people who are likely to be affected
    • Use of a radius will include more properties closer to the development than the existing model which is based on distance along streets

    Removal of discussions around levels of engagement

    • Addressed by local policy P103 Stakeholder Engagement
    • Outdated information
    • Not relevant to most advertising

    Remove advertising requirements for non-planning matters (dividing fences, renaming ROW’s, road closures, etc.)

    • Policy to focus on planning proposals only
    • Individual engagement plans for non-planning matters will be prepared for each project