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WA Planning Manual - Guidance for Structure Plans

The State Government has developed guidance to provide a more consistent approach to standard and precinct structure planning.

Structure plans are a key planning instrument in shaping and transforming places, in developing or redevelopment areas. As the lead authority, the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) holds a key interest in ensuring that structure plans are fit for purpose and implemented appropriately to deliver optimal subdivision and development outcomes.

The Guidance has been prepared by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (the Department) on behalf of the WAPC and replaces the Structure Plan Framework (2015) and the Interim Precinct Plan Manner and Form (2020). Guidance is provided on:

a) The need and purpose of a structure plan

b) Guiding principles and steps to prepare a structure plan

c) The WAPC's approved manner and form

d) Information requirements for structure plans

e) Supporting templates

The Guidance aligns with the State Government's Planning Reform agenda outlined in the Action Plan for Planning Reform (Action Plan) released in 2019, and responded to the following goals and initiatives of the Action Plan:

GoalInitiativeDesired outcome
Planning systems are consistent and efficientC6: Structure planning tools are fit for purposeThe Framework for structure plans is improved to ensure the tools are used appropriately and consistently to achieve good outcomes
Planning is easier to understand and navigateB5: Clear and concise guidance is readily availableClear and concise up-to-date guidance assists local governments and other users to understand the system

The Guidance is to be read and applied in conjunction with the relevant requirements of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015; relevant State Planning Policies, specifically State Planning Policy 7.2 - Precinct Design and Liveable Neighbourhoods (currently under review); and any other relevant planning framework.

In preparing the Guidance, the Department consulted extensively with major stakeholders to identify priorities for the review and matters that require guidance. The Consultation Outcomes Report (found below) outlines matters raised during consultation and recommended changes to the Guidance as a result of this process.