Background to North Stoneville townsite

The North Stoneville townsite is an area of undeveloped 'Urban' zoned land north of the existing Stoneville townsite. 

The future townsite was identified within the Shire's previous Local Planning Scheme (Town Planning Scheme No. 3), which came into effect in 1994. This growth area reflects a long standing approach to urban development in the Shire which aims to avoid urban sprawl and concentrate growth into discrete town sites.

North Stoneville townsite was renamed Structure Plan 34 (SP34) under Local Planning Scheme No.4 (2014).

Timeline and current status

  • December 2018: Satterley lodged an application to modify SP34
  • August 2019: Council resolved to recommend the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) rejects the proposed modified SP34 for reasons of community safety (inadequate surrounding road network and bushfire risk), lack of public transport and environmental impacts
  • July 2020: SP34 was refused by the Statutory Planning Committee
  • August 2020: Satterley lodged an appeal against the Statutory Planning Committee decision with the State Administrative Tribunal. The matter continues to be discussed as part of an ongoing mediation processes.

About the SP34 appeal

The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) process primarily involves the two parties, Satterley (appellant) and the Western Australian Planning Commission (respondent).

The Shire is not privy to the details of SAT’s confidential mediation process, however the Shire continues to monitor the situation where possible and will attempt to become a formal party to the SAT process when the opportunity arises.

Future timeline and status 

The SAT has advised the following in regard the appeal for SP 34

  • By 31 January 2023 the applicant is to provide to the WAPC an amended structure plan (including Parts One and Two, and all technical appendices) and any supporting information
  • Pursuant to s 31(1) of the State Administrative Tribunal Act 2004 (WA) the WAPC is invited to reconsider its decision on or before 30 June 2023.
  • By 10 July 2023 the WAPC must file with the Tribunal and give to the applicant a statement of its decision upon reconsideration.
  • By 24 July 2023 the applicant must notify the Tribunal and the WAPC in writing that either:

a) It is content with the reconsidered decision, and wishes to withdraw the proceeding; or
b) It is not content with the reconsideration decision, and provide a statement with brief contentions addressing each aspect of the decision it is not content with.

The Shire is currently seeking advice as to what role it has in the process, we will keep you updated as further information is received.

More information and contacts

A collection of documents associated with Council’s consideration of SP34 are available below:

For more information about the North Stoneville Townsite, please contact Planning Services on 9290 6660 or email