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All your scheme mapping dreams come true

There is a new application in town that is going to make looking for Scheme zonings and densities a lot easier. It is called PlanWA. It will mean you will be able to search approved schemes using an address rather than the old fashion ‘where’s wally’ method of yesteryear.   It also means that you will have […]

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Today is the day for faster single house approvals or is it?

Today is the day that the Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015 comes into operation.   One particularly interesting change to the regulations involves the exemption of Single Houses from requiring planning approval.  The regulations require that these are included the any review of Local Government Town Planning Schemes.  It should be noted […]

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Planners perspective: Granny Flats (updated)

It seems to be really popular at the moment to build granny flats.  Traditionally subdividing and building a new dwelling at the rear of properties was popular however this can be cost and time consuming.  A few years ago the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) removed the need to allow for only family members to reside […]

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Adhoc Planning could be costly for our future

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/29201435/sprawl-strangling-perth-s-environment/ The following article briefly looks at the recent investigations by the Department of Environment and Conservation on the impacts of urban planning on the environment.  The article states ‘According to the EPA, Perth’s development so far has in many ways been ad hoc, economically inefficient and environmentally destructive.’   An interim report has been […]

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Medium Density Single House development Standards

The Western Australian Planning Commission has just released new standards for Medium Density Single House within new Structure Plan areas. In the past, the Local Development Plans (or previously called Detail Area Plans) had evolved to take on variations to the R-Codes for mainly new greenfield sites (associated with a Structure Plan). However, this was […]

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