When do I need planning approval?

Development includes buildings, earthworks and land uses, whether rural, residential or commercial. Most development will require planning approval either from the local government or the WA Planning Commission (minor outbuildings and residential additions may be exempt).

Planning applications are assessed against the Shire's Local Planning Scheme No. 4 and may require consultation with the community and relevant State Government agencies.

We encourage you to contact the Shire's Planning Service to check your zoning and whether your proposal would require planning approval. 

Planning Officers can be contacted via email, phone or in person at the Shire Administration Building. No appointment is necessary for most enquiries, however it is best to call ahead if you wish to arrange a pre-lodgement meeting with detailed plans.

Most applications for planning approval can be dealt with at Officer level within 60 days, however, certain applications may need public advertising, agency referrals or the approval of Council, which may lengthen the processing time.

 

 Public Consultation in Planning Processes

The planning system can be a complex environment. The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) has developed a suite of flow charts of the various planning processes. These flow charts also show which stage of the particular process that public consultation may occur. WAPC planning process flow charts can be found here.

In determining what level of advertising is appropriate for a planning application, the Shire refers to Local Planning Scheme No. 4 (LPS4) and its local policy 'PS01 - Advertising Planning Applications', available here.

For further information, you can speak to one of the Shire's Planning Officer's by phoning 9290 6740, sending an email to shire@mundaring.wa.gov.au or visiting us in person at the Shire offices:

Address  7000 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring

Opening Hours  Monday - Friday 9am - 4:30pm

 

 Development Assessment Panels

Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) have been established by the WA State Government to determine development applications in place of Local Governments and the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), for certain types of development.

The intent of DAPs is to “..enhance planning expertise in decision making by improving the balance between technical advice and local knowledge.” Link.

Where the estimated development value is $2 million or more, applicants can elect to have a DAP determine their application instead of the local government. Where the estimated development value is $10 million or more, determination by a DAP is mandatory.

The development application process follows the same process as a normal planning application determined by the Shire, except that the decision maker is the DAP panel.

Applications are advertised in accordance with Shire policy (found here) and assessed by a Shire officer. The officer’s report is based on the objectives and requirements of the Shire’s Local Planning Scheme No. 4 (LPS4) and other relevant considerations within the planning framework such as State Planning Policies, the Local Planning Strategy etc.

After considering the report, a decision will be made by the DAP panel.

Metro East Development Assessment Panel

The Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel (Metro East JDAP) comprises six (6) local governments, including the Shire of Mundaring.

Meeting agendas and minutes for the Metro East JDAP can be accessed from the DAPs website found here.

The JDAP is comprised of three (3) specialist members and two (2) members (Councillors) from the local government to which the application relates. The three (3) specialist members are appointed Cabinet from a list of suitably qualified individuals with experience in the following areas: Planning; Architecture; Urban Design; Engineering; Landscape Design; Environment; Law; Property Development and Management. The Shire appoints two (2) local government members to sit on the JDAP panel. The current panel members are:

Council Members

Cr David Lavell

Alternate Council Members

Cr Stephen Fox

Specialist Members

Paul Kotsoglo (Presiding Member)

Stacey Towne (Deputy Presiding Member)

Peter McNab (Third Specialist Member)

For further queries relating to DAPs, please contact the DAP Secretariat by phoning 6551 9919 or emailing daps@planning.wa.gov.au. Alternatively, you can speak to one of the Shire's Planning Officer's by phoning 9290 6740, sending an email to shire@mundaring.wa.gov.au or visiting us in person at the Shire offices:

Address  7000 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring

Opening Hours  Monday - Friday 9am - 4:30pm



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