Draft Operational Policy 2.3: Planning for Public Open Space

Closed 22 Sep 2023

Opened 9 Jun 2023


Public Open Space (POS) provides many essential benefits including enhancing local neighbourhoods, people’s lifestyles and improving health outcomes. POS takes many forms and serves a range of functions but are typically identified as a park.

The Western Australian Planning Commission is advertising the draft new planning policy on public open space, intended to replace Development Control Policy 2.3 – Public Open Space in Residential Areas. 

Please complete the following survey to provide your feedback, which will be used to inform the final policy.

If you prefer to complete the hard copy questionnaire please scan and email back to policy@dplh.wa.gov.au

or return by post to:
Attention Policy,
Department of Planning Lands and Heritage, Gordon Stephenson House,
2/140 William Street,
Perth  WA 6000


Public Open Space (POS): land that is set aside, used as, and managed for public recreation purposes and reserved for public open space in a local planning scheme.

Note: For issues relating to the current management of your local parks, please contact your local government as this is outside the scope of this draft planning policy consultation.

What happens next

As this is a draft Planning for Public Open Space Operational Policy, there is no immediate change to existing planning controls for public open space. 

The WAPC will consider all submissions on the draft Planning for Public Open Space Operational Policy before releasing a final Planning for Public Open Space Operational Policy to guide public open space allocation and planning. The current review of Liveable Neighbourhoods will be aligned with the provisions in this operational policy.


  • WA state-wide


  • Anyone from any background