Draft State Planning Policy 1 State Planning Framework Policy (Variation 3)

Closed 24 Dec 2016

Opened 26 Oct 2016


State Planning Policy 1 State Planning Framework Policy (SPP 1) brings together existing State and regional policies, strategies, plans and guidelines within a central State Planning Framework. It sets the context for decision-making on land use and development in Western Australia.

SPP 1 provides a comprehensive list of all WA Planning Commission (WAPC) policies and outlines how they relate to each other to guide integrated decision-making across all levels of planning. It does not introduce new policies.

SPP 1 was first gazetted on 22 December 1998. The current version (Variation 2) was  gazetted in February 2006.


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Draft SPP 1 State Planning Framework Policy (Variation 3) for public comment

An updated draft SPP 1 (Variation 3) has been released for public comment on 26 October 2016.

The updated draft SPP 1 includes an updated section on Regional Development. There is also a new section on Governance, which emphasises that planning decisions should apply policy consistently and be made in a timely manner.

The draft policy also formalises WAPC Position Statements on issues previously announced in Planning Bulletins.

A proposed ‘Manuals and Guidelines’ category provides detailed guidance on the application of Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) policies and therefore are acknowledged within the Framework.

A proposed ‘Position Statements’ category provides for policy positions of the WAPC on particular subjects that fall outside the role of the two existing categories of policies (State Planning Policies and Development Control policies). Existing Planning Bulletins that are policy positions are to be renamed Position Statements and included in the framework. The remainder of the existing Planning Bulletins, and those in the future, will be limited to providing advice on recent changes to legislation, policy and practice, and providing clarification relating to policy interpretation, planning practice and subdivision and development control. As such, they will not form part of the planning framework.




  • Gascoyne Region
  • Goldfields-Esperance Region
  • Great South Region
  • Kimberley Region
  • Metropolitan Central
  • Metropolitan North East
  • Metropolitan North West
  • Metropolitan South East
  • Metropolitan South West
  • Mid West Region
  • Peel Region
  • Pilbara Region
  • South West Region
  • Wheatbelt Region


  • State Government
  • Commonwealth Government
  • Local Government
  • Government Trading Enterprise


  • Strategic metropolitan planning
  • Strategic regional planning
  • Planning Reform