Are Part 17 applications advertised for public comment?
Yes. Following planning, design and technical consideration by the SDAU and stakeholders, Part 17 applications are released for public comment. Plans and supporting documents are released on the Department's website and, where possible, at the local government offices in regional areas, for the community to view and provide feedback. Notices are also published in local newspapers, letters sent to the owners and occupiers of surrounding and nearby properties and applicants are required to install at least one sign at the site during consultation, with an illustration of the proposed development.
17C applications to amend a development approval are released for comment where there is a request to extend the substantial commencement period or where design alterations or a change of use are likely to impact neighbouring properties. In these cases, immediately adjacent neighbours and those who made a comment on the original application will be contacted for comment.
How long do I have to make a comment?
There is no prescribed timeframe for public consultation however it is expected all 17B applications are advertised for a minimum of 28 days. The closing date for submissions for each application is included in the consultation notices.
A proposal may be re-advertised where revised development plans are submitted after the initial consultation and depending on the extent of changes proposed. The consultation period for an amended application (Form 17C) will vary and depend on the nature and extent of the modification/s being proposed. Consultation for these applications will be established on a case-by-case basis.
An amendment application (Form 17C) which seeks to amend the substantial commencement period will be advertised for a minimum of 14 days, and those who made submissions on the initial development application and immediately adjacent neighbours will be directly notified in writing and invited to comment on the amendment application.
Which organisations and agencies are consulted on the application?
The WAPC will refer the development application to the local government and all relevant regulatory agencies for comment. This could include the Environmental Protection Authority, Main Roads Western Australia, Public Transport Authority, Department of Transport, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Heritage Council of Western Australia and others.
Will information about a Form 17B development application and the determination be publicly available?
Yes. Information will be published on the Department website including:
- agenda papers for WAPC meetings which are available at least five business days prior to the meeting
- the decision, including reasons
- where the matter is deemed to be of significant public interest, a broad public statement may also be made
- unconfirmed minutes of WAPC meetings which are available within 10 business days of the meeting
What impact does a review by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) have on the development assessment process?
Proposals likely to have a significant effect on the environment, referred to as “significant proposals”, may be considered by the EPA for environmental impact assessment. View the EPA assessment process.
Assessment of a Part 17 application, including consultation with the public and relevant State and local government stakeholders, can continue while the EPA considers whether an environmental assessment is required and while the review is under way.
However, the WAPC cannot make a decision that would allow the proposal to be implemented until such time as the Public Environmental Review process is complete and any Ministerial Statement has been issued. The WAPC is unable to make a decision that would be contrary to any Ministerial Statement issued in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1986.