Draft Operational Policy 1.12 – Planning Proposals Adjoining Regional Roads in Western Australia

Closed 19 May 2023

Opened 15 Mar 2023


A draft Operational Policy 1.12 – Planning Proposals Adjoining Regional Roads in Western Australia (the draft) is now open for public comment.

The draft updates the Development control policy 1.7-General road planning (June 1998) and the Development control policy 5.1 Regional roads vehicular access (June 1998) and aims to provide decision makers, proponents, and the community with a consistent policy approach to land use planning for proposals adjoining regional roads in Western Australia.

The draft delivers key improvements including:

  • plain language text and links to current reference documents
  • refined wording of policy objectives
  • an explanation of the implementation of the policy through the planning application process and planning instruments that this policy applies to
  • acknowledgement of responsibilities that apply to the WAPC, Main Roads and local government
  • guidance where regional road reserve is given up free of cost and where it is set aside for future acquisition
  • guidance for driveway and alternative vehicle access to regional roads, road reserve widening, construction and upgrading of regional roads
  • clarification where construction works and related improvements to regional roads are required
  • specification of dimensions for regional road truncations.

Why your views matter

Your comments are important because they help identify any potential issues and enable improvements to be made to final policy which will be submitted to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) for endorsement. 

Please read the Draft Operational Policy-Planning Proposals Adjoining Regional Roads in Western Australia and have your say below.

Please submit your comments via the survey link before 5.00pm Friday, 19 May 2023.

What happens next

Following the public consultation process, all submissions will be given careful consideration and appropriate amendments recommended, the redrafted policy will be considered by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) for approval as an Operational Policy of the WAPC.

All submissions will be acknowledged and submitters advised of the outcome.


  • WA state-wide


  • Development and Construction Industry
  • Peak Bodies
  • Planning and Design Industry
  • State Government
  • Commonwealth Government
  • Local Government
  • Residents
  • Business Operators
  • Land Owners
  • Community Organisations


  • Strategic regional planning
  • Infrastructure
  • Land use planning
  • Transport planning