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Western Australian Planning Commission

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is a government board with State-wide responsibility for integrated urban and regional land use planning and development.

The WAPC has State-wide responsibility for integrated urban and regional land use planning and development, working in conjunction with State and local government to develop a system, policies and plans for the long term benefit of the Western Australian community.  The WAPC is established under the Planning and Development Act 2005 which defines its functions including:

  • advising the the Minister for Planning on strategic land use planning and development, legislation and planning schemes
  • maintaining the State Planning Strategy to provide a vision for the future development of Western Australia
  • developing integrated land use planning strategies and policies for the coordination of transport, infrastructure and development
  • preparing and reviewing region schemes to cater for anticipated growth
  • researching and developing planning methods and models relating to land use planning, land development and associated matters (including monitoring land and housing supply)
  • reserving and acquiring land for public purposes in region planning scheme areas
  • making statutory decisions on a range of planning application types including applications to subdivide land and significant development.

The WAPC operates with the support of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, which provides professional and technical expertise, administrative services, and corporate resources, and which undertakes a number of WAPC functions under delegation.

A review of the WAPC was conducted in 2022 which resulted in a number of reforms being introduced through the Planning and Development Amendment Act 2023. These reforms were complemented by operational changes to increase the efficiency of the WAPC and its focus on strategic planning.

From July 1 2024, the following changes were introduced:

  • a smaller, more strategically focused WAPC board of nine members with diverse expertise relevant to planning and Board functions
  • refinement of the statement of functions to provide a clearer and more comprehensive outline of the WAPC's responsibilities
  • the reallocation of some responsibilities from the WAPC board to the Statutory Planning Committee, including determination of most Part 11B significant development applications
  • opening meetings to the public for statutory planning proposals where the WAPC is the final decision-maker for increased transparency
  • introduction of livestreaming where meetings are open to the public.

About the WAPC Chairman, David Caddy

David has nearly 50 years’ experience in urban and regional planning and from December 1989 until January 2015, was Managing Director of TPG + Place Match, Western Australia’s largest Planning Consultancy. David was then the firm’s Executive Chairman retiring from the firm in March 2018 when he was appointed WAPC chairman. David has spent the past 40 years at a senior management level specialising in statutory planning, strategic and structure planning, development control, project management and documentation, planning advocacy and formulation and delivery of policy. 

David has a broad range of experience incorporating master planned communities, multiple dwelling projects, industrial projects, commercial projects, education and infrastructure projects to urban design analysis and strategic planning and development of planning controls. David held the position of Professor, Urban and Regional Planning at UWA from January 2010 until December 2018 and was appointed to the position of Adjunct Professor in September 2020. 

David is a Registered Planner, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.