State and regional land use planning
We provide land use planning advice and information on:
- areas of state and regional significance for agriculture
- land capability and/or high quality agricultural land (HQAL)
- example technical reports include:
- trends and issues facing agriculture and food industries which intersect with land use planning (eg buffers, infrastructure)
- formal submissions on land use plans and policies which affect agricultural and food industries.
We provide our knowledge and expertise on agricultural land use planning when state planning policies are reviewed and updated and we also participate in planning for the growth of the Perth and Peel and other regions of Western Australia.
Four publications available from the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) guide rural and agricultural land use planning in Western Australia:
- State Planning Strategy 2050 - specifically Section 1.4 Agriculture and food
- State Planning Policy 2.5 - Rural planning - December 2016
- Development Control Policy 3.4 - Subdivision of rural land
- Rural Planning Guidelines - Guidelines in using and interpreting the rural planning policies.
New rural planning policies, gazetted in December 2016, now provide guidance on state wide planning for animal premises, intensive agriculture and basic raw materials.
The Department of Planning, Lands and Hertitage (DPLH) have published fact sheets to help planners understand:
- Poultry farms
- Basic raw materials which includes material such as limesand and gypsum, used to ameliorate agricultural land.
We have worked with the DPLH on their review of the agriculture policy for the Peel Region Scheme. The draft policy was expanded to consider the impact of agriculture on the sensitive waterways and estuary of the Peel-Harvey. We have also assisted them in their review of State Planning Policy 2.1 Peel-Harvey coastal catchment policy.
We also work with the WAPC, DPLH, regional development commissions, Landcorp and others to identify new areas for agri-business. We are part of a team in DAFWA working with the Peel Development Commission on the Peel Food Zone project, part of the Transform Peel Initiative.
A past example is the South West Food Processing Precinct report, prepared by Cardno (WA) Pty Ltd. This study, commissioned by the then Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Landcorp and the South West Development Commission and supported by the Department of Planning, identified Waterloo near Bunbury, Western Australia as the preferred location for a future agri-industry investment in the south-west region.