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The purpose of declaring planning control areas is to protect land that has a specific purpose.  

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) can declare that a planning control area is required to ensure that no development occurs on this land which might prejudice its purpose or its potential reservation in the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS).  As a result, all development applications are determined by the WAPC.

Declaration of Planning Control Areas, under Section 112 of the Planning and Development Act 2005, is a standard statutory planning process commonly used to protect strategic land from inappropriate development and can include acquisition by the WAPC where required.  A PCA remains in place for up to five years, to allow an MRS amendment to be put in place.