Local Planning

Local planning, or urban and regional planning, coordinates land use and development by balancing economic, social and environmental issues. Planning legislation, policy and statutory processes guide decisions that shape communities and provide quality of life for people living in those communities.

Local governments are involved in planning for local communities by ensuring appropriate planning controls exist for land use and development. They do this by, amongst other things, preparing and administering their local planning schemes and strategies.

Local planning schemes are the principal statutory tool for achieving a local government’s aims and objectives with respect to the development of its local area and are required to be consistent with State Government planning objectives and requirements.  Local planning schemes deal mainly with land use, development control and infrastructure coordination, and are formulated based on the strategic framework established in the supporting local planning strategy.

In addition to their role in development control and local planning policy setting, local government authorities are invited by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to provide comment on proposals for the subdivision and amalgamation of any land within their jurisdiction to assist the Commission’s final decisions in relation to proposals of this type (i.e. local governments play an advisory role only, with the WAPC being the decision making authority).

The Shire of Victoria Plains regulates all development in the Shire in accordance with the requirements of Local Planning Scheme No.5, the supporting Local Planning Strategy and a number of local planning policies. These documents guide the development, subdivision and use of land throughout the Shire and form the basis for all decisions made by Council.

The Shire of Victoria Plains engages the services of a professional town planner based in Perth who is available to help with any planning or development enquiries. You are encouraged to contact the Shire’s town planner when considering or formulating your proposal to ensure you are aware of the Shire’s requirements when planning your new development.

Planning contact details

In the first instance, please direct enquiries to the Chief Executive Officer.

Key Planning Documents

 Application Forms & Guides

 Useful Website Links