Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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iT Matters Planning Laws

Reform cut red tape and streamlined planning

Liberal Statement

The State Government today released Planning Makes It Happen: A Report Card on Planning Reform which provided an objective assessment on progress made on the implementation of its reform agenda since 2009.

Planning Minister John Day said  the report card followed on from the planning reform blueprint Planning Makes It Happen set out three years ago, which, after extensive consultation and feedback from stakeholders, identified 11 key strategic priorities.

“The main priority for the Liberal National Government was to simplify the approvals process, cut red tape, reduce timelines and offer greater certainty and accountability in our planning processes; I am pleased to say that this has been achieved across the board,” Mr Day said.

“The Liberal National Government has delivered vital and overdue reform, which will position the State to enjoy economic, social and technological benefits for decades to come.

“A major achievement in Western Australia’s planning reform agenda came in July 2011 with the establishment of 15 Development Assessment Panels which have combined professional input with local representation as part of the process to approve major land developments.”

Achievements have included planning reform legislation, adoption of the Directions 2031 and Beyond strategy, the Multi-Unit Housing Code and the online Urban Development Program.

The Minister said a great deal of energy and commitment had also gone into planning for regional WA, with the establishment of regional planning committees and preparation of regional planning and infrastructure frameworks, which would guide development across WA.

The 2012 national Development Assessment Report Card, issued annually by the Property Council of Australia gave Western Australia’s planning system an overall score of 7.1 out of 10, up from 5.3 in 2010, and ranking WA second in the country. The property council cited planning reform initiatives and the introduction of Development Assessment Panels as the key reasons for the significant improvement in WA’s score.

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