Consultation Hub

Welcome to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage's Citizen Space Consultation Hub.  This site will help you find and participate in public consultations undertaken by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Recently updated consultations are displayed below. Alternatively, search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest.

Open Consultations

  • Aboriginal heritage assessment of ID 38516 (Dalyup River)

    Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 Notice of Assessment The Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee (ACMC) will assess Aboriginal heritage place ID 38516, being the Dalyup River, as its meeting on 13 October 2020. The Dalyup River has importance and significance due to having... More

    Closes 25 September 2020

  • Proposed Amendments to the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015

    The State Government is continuing to implement planning reforms that will support Western Australia’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan and create a more flexible, responsive and contemporary planning system. Consultation is now sought on 30 proposed changes to local planning... More

    Closes 25 September 2020

  • MRS minor amendments - 1372/57 - Pt Lot 800 Canning Road, Carmel and 1373/57 - Old Railway Reserve, Kalamunda and Surrounds

    The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is seeking public comment on proposals to amend the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) for land in the City of Kalamunda. 1372/57 - Part Lot 800 Canning Road, Carmel (Heidelberg Park) The purpose of the amendment is... More

    Closes 25 September 2020

  • Mid-West LNG Plant

    The proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Plant located 13km south of Mount Magnet will take natural gas from the Mid-West Gas Pipeline and convert to a liquid form prior to road transportation across the region. Image is for illustrative purposes only and is not an accurate... More

    Closes 30 September 2020

  • Alkimos Station Development Application

    The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (on behalf of the Western Australian Planning Commission) is seeking public comment on the Alkimos Station Development Application that proposes: a new universally accessible station a new bus interchange facility and bicycle parking... More

    Closes 30 September 2020

Closed Consultations

  • R-Codes Interim COVID-19 Review

    The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is seeking public comment on draft amendments to State Planning Policy 7.3 – Residential Design Codes: Volume 1 (R-Codes). The R-Codes set out the basis of design and assessment for single houses, grouped dwellings and multiple dwellings... More

    Closed 10 September 2020

  • Metropolitan Region Scheme Minor amendment 1368/57 – Wandi High School Site

    The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) for land in the local government of Kwinana. The amendment seeks to rezone approximately 9.93 ha of land in Wandi from the Urban zone to the... More

    Closed 4 September 2020

  • Metropolitan Region Scheme Minor amendment 1367/57 – Part Lot 5131 Jandakot Road, Treeby and Surrounds

    The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) for land in the local government of Cockburn. The amendment seeks to rezone approximately 31.93 ha of land in the Treeby locality from the... More

    Closed 4 September 2020

  • Guidelines for State Government Heritage

    The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (the Department) on behalf of the Heritage Council of Western Australia is seeking comment from State Government agencies on two draft Guidelines for State Government Heritage : Management and Conservation of State... More

    Closed 20 August 2020

  • Aboriginal heritage assessment of ID:15979 (Avon River)

    Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 Notice of Assessment Aboriginal Heritage Place ID 15979 (Avon River) The Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee will assess Aboriginal place ID 15979, being the Avon River, at its meeting on 11 August 2020. The Avon River has special significance due to... More

    Closed 7 August 2020

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

The draft Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) Position Statement Special Entertainment Precincts was released for public consultation from 22 November 2019 until 14 February 2020.

More than 2,300 letters were sent to all residents, property owners and businesses in Northbridge, every local government authority and key stakeholders at the start of the consultation period. Details regarding the five scheduled information sessions and consultation process were also promoted on the Department’s website and social media pages. In addition, the consultation featured in several prominent newspapers and in two radio interviews.

Feedback was sought on:

  • the level of support for the use of special entertainment precincts to manage entertainment noise
  • what special entertainment precincts should look like and how they should function
  • the process and methodology for establishing special entertainment precincts
  • appropriate locations for special entertainment precincts.

You Said

130 submissions were received. 79 per cent of submissions supported the draft position statement’s approach to entertainment noise management, either in full or with modifications. In general, submissions recognised the need to support vibrant nightlife and approved of the increased certainty provided by the proposed approach.

There was strong advocacy from multiple stakeholder groups for expanded provisions and boundaries to cater for increased vibrancy and industry growth, including provision for standalone venues.

Entertainment venues expressed strong overall support for the model (97 per cent) and provided comment on:

  • the venue approval process
  • commercial impact on venues
  • improved venue protections
  • boundary expansion and revised noise levels.

Residents of Northbridge were the least supportive of the broad stakeholder groups, although more residents supported the proposed approach in principle than opposed it (59 per cent and 41 per cent respectively).  Residents key concerns were:

  • health impacts
  • a perceived favouring of venues
  • long history of excessive noise and anti-social behaviour in Northbridge.

Many comments were inter-linked with, or primarily related to, DWER or City of Perth’s reform elements. This was understandable given the interconnectedness of each element, DWER’s concurrent consultation and the City of Perth’s formal initiation of Amendment No. 41 all occurring at the same time.

We Did

The Department shared redacted copies of all submissions with DWER and the City of Perth to ensure a coordinated approach to the finalisation of the reforms.

The feedback from submissions was a driver for DWER to complete further technical investigations to better understand the potential impacts of entertainment noise in and around Northbridge.

Following the review of submissions and analysis of the further technical investigations, the Department provided the City of Perth with an alternative approach for their consideration. The Department has recommended this alternative (“Option B”) be provided as additional information during the City’s public advertising of Amendment No. 41 to enable the community to provide comment on the most up-to-date information possible.

Alternative Option B comprises:

  • An expanded Core Entertainment Area with a noise level of 90db in the 63Hz octave band to incorporate long-standing Northbridge venues and part of the Perth Cultural Centre (a 5dB reduction)
  • A new Transition Area requiring noise sensitive development to be attenuated to account for noise received from the Core Entertainment Area
  • A Frame Entertainment Area with a noise level of 79db in the 63 Hz octave band (no change)
  • Removal of the primarily residential area north west of Russell Square from the special entertainment precinct

NOTE – The final position statement will be updated in due course. Given the complex nature of entertainment noise in Northbridge, when finalised, the position statement will have regard to the feedback from public consultation, the proposed City of Perth Northbridge amendment and engagement with industry and environmental stakeholders.

We Asked

We asked local governments how they manage their heritage information (Municipal Inventories and Heritage Lists), what they know about the inHerit online database and what it would take to get them on board to manage their own heritage data.

You Said

Most local governments identify inHerit as a source of information, although there is an expectation that Heritage Lists are maintained in inHerit, which is not yet the case.  Many LGs are willing to maintain their own data but identify resourcing as an issue.  No substantial issues in the inHerit system were identified.

We Did

The Department will continue to work with the WA Local Government Association to build sector support for a central information system.  Further follow-up with individual LGs will take place to address knowledge gaps.

We Asked

We asked for your views on the draft State Planning Policy 5.2 Telecommunications Infrastructure.

You Said

In the main, you said that you supported the revised policy, that it provided clearer direction in some areas but improvements could be made.

We Did

We reviewed all of your comments and prepared a revised final policy that has now been gazetted. The new policy can be found on the Western Australian Department of Planning's website at http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/State-planning-policies