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Draft Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2014

The Department of Planning are currently advertising the draft Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2014, submissions close on 30 January 2015.

The Regulations are very important as they contain deemed town planning scheme provisions that will automatically apply to all local governments, removing the existing provisions in their scheme. The Regulations cover Structure Plans, Scheme Amendments, Local Planning Policies and Scheme Reviews. The Department’s intention is to have the Regulations in place by 1 July 2015.

We have reviewed the document in detail and in our view there are significant issues for industry and major projects – resulting in potential delays (contra to the reform objectives), reduced land owner certainty, undermining proponent appeal rights and potentially adversely affecting land valuations. In our view industry could be better off with the current adhoc town planning scheme approach than the new Regulations.

We have prepared a one page summary of the big ticket issues for industry, and would be pleased to discuss this with you further and provide you with our full submission.

Review of the draft Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2014 and major impacts for Industry

Today the Minister for Planning released the draft Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2014 containing the Model Scheme Text and Deemed Town Planning Scheme Provisions. The Regulations cover aspects such as Structure Plans and Development Contribution Plans and are available for public comment until 30 January 2015.

CLE, in collaboration with UDIA, has prepared a summary of the key impacts of the Regulations for industry and will be making a submission on behalf of all of our Clients.

The draft Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2014 and Discussion Paper can be viewed here.

2014 Black Swan Prize

2014 has proved to be another exciting year for CLE at the Black Swan Prize, Western Australia’s most prestigious art exhibition. Featuring the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and the Black Swan Prize for Heritage competitions, over 80 stunning artworks portraying people and the landscape through the artist’s eyes were on display recently at the Heritage Precinct at Brookfield Place.

CLE’s Ian Everett, Mark de Cruz and Naomi Antenucci were chosen as finalists in this year’s Black Swan Prize for Heritage, an independent heritage competition run by the Black Swan Prize in partnership with Heritage Perth. This Prize aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the built and natural heritage of Central Perth. The 29 insightful artworks depicted aspects of the heritage of central Perth and were vying for the $20,000 Etihad Airways Heritage Prize.

Congratulations to Mark de Cruz for being awarded a “highly commended” prize for his work “Purgatorium” which depicted a haunting interpretation of the East Perth power station. The designated heritage site, situated on the beautiful East Perth foreshore that once helped shape the future of Perth, is now in a derelict state. With the recent state government announcement of the sale and redevelopment of the site, we can look forward to this once industrial complex becoming a vibrant waterfront destination for future generations to enjoy.

Naomi Antenucci’s “Bloodlines” was a minimalist piece, highlighting Perth’s core street network based on the past 100 years. Despite technological advancements, cultural changes and significant architectural proliferation the City of Perth has quite surprisingly remained almost unchanged.

Ian Everett’s artwork “Apocalypse Perth” attracted significant interest due to the controversial subject matter. The recently demolished Michelides Tobacco and Cigarette Factory had been a highly debated heritage topic in Perth this year. Although the State Heritage Council recommended the building to be placed on the State Heritage Register and it was classified by the National Trust in 2013 it was demolished in April this year.

Ian was pleased to discover during this year’s awards night that, not only had his work been purchased, but that it has been purchased by the Michelides family themselves. A copy of his artwork will also feature in a book that is to be published about the building and the history of the Michelides family.

2014 was said to be the best year yet for the Black Swan Prize with a record number of entrants, the biggest prize pool ever offered and a burgeoning sense of pride within the WA community for a national event created and showcased right here in WA. Congratulations Ian, Mark and Naomi and best of luck for 2015!


R Codes Reform required for Single Lot Medium Density Housing – Introduction of R-MD

CLE has developed and is leading the introduction of reform to the R Codes to enable single lot medium density housing in greenfield locations as of right. This reform initiative is based on the introduction of a new Code called R-MD for R30, R40 and R60 housing product to apply in greenfields location enabled via structure plans. This reform will streamline structure plan and subdivision approvals, as well as avoiding Local Area Plans (former DAPs) at subdivision clearance stage, saving significant time and cost for all in the industry. This proposal has been adopted by the UDIA as an industry position and has prompted the Department of Planning review and implement  an R Codes reform agenda in greenfields locations. The following link takes you to the joint CLE and UDIA paper summarising the initative.

The Need for a Medium Density Code – Greenfields Development