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
  • 10 March 2023 up to and including 8 May 2023: Amended SP34 was advertised by the WAPC (see below).
  • May 2023: Council resolved to recommend the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) rejects the proposed modified SP34.  The minutes from this Special Council Meeting can be found here: Special Council Meeting minutes - 2 May 2023

About the SP34 appeal

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

The Shire is not privy to the details of SAT’s confidential mediation process. 

The SAT has advised that by 13 October 2023 the WAPC must file with the Tribunal and give to the applicant a statement of its decision upon reconsideration.

The advertising of the amended SP34 

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) advertised an amended version of Structure Plan 34, which relates to the North Stoneville Townsite.

The WAPC is the decision-maker for structure plans, which are a guide to future subdivision and development. The WAPC has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal to reconsider its decision to refuse Structure Plan 34.

A copy of the amended structure plan and related documents can be found on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.

Following the conclusion of the advertising period the WA Planning Commission is responsible for reconsidering the proposal having regard to the submissions made in accordance with Schedule 2 Part 4 Clause 19 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.

More information and contacts

If you have any general queries regarding the process, please do not hesitate to contact the Shire’s Planning department on (08) 9290 6740 or via

The Department of Planning Lands and Heritage are to be contacted directly regarding any other matters relating to SP34.

Call (08) 6551 8002 or email