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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) or Peel Region Scheme (PRS).  As a result, all development applications are determined by the WAPC.

Declaration of Planning Control Areas (PCAs), 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/PRS amendment to be put in place.  

Planning Control Areas