State and regional land use planning
We provide land-use planning advice and information on:
- areas of state and regional significance for agriculture
- land capability and high quality agricultural land (HQAL) – for example, Review of land capability for the Swan Valley
- trends and issues facing agriculture and food industries which intersect with land-use planning (e.g. buffers, infrastructure)
- formal submissions on land-use plans and policies which affect agricultural and food industries.
We provide our knowledge and expertise on agricultural land-use planning when state planning policies are reviewed and updated, and we participate in planning for the growth of the Perth and Peel and other regions of Western Australia.
Four publications available from the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) guide rural and agricultural land-use planning in Western Australia:
- State Planning Strategy 2050, specifically Section 1.4 Agriculture and food
- State Planning Policy 2.5 Rural planning (December 2016)
- Development Control Policy 3.4 Subdivision of rural land (December 2016)
- Rural Planning Guidelines – Guidelines in using and interpreting the rural planning policies.
New rural planning policies, gazetted in December 2016, now provide guidance on statewide planning for animal premises, intensive agriculture and basic raw materials.
The Department of Planning, Lands and Hertitage (DPLH) has fact sheets to help planners understand:
- poultry farms
- basic raw materials, which includes material, such as limesand and gypsum, used to ameliorate agricultural land.
We worked with the DPLH to review the agriculture policy for the Peel Region Scheme. The draft policy was expanded to consider the impact of agriculture on the sensitive waterways and estuary of the Peel–Harvey. We also assisted them in their review of State Planning Policy 2.1 Peel–Harvey coastal catchment policy.
We work with the WAPC, DPLH, regional development commissions, Landcorp and others to identify new areas for agribusiness. We are working with the Peel Development Commission on the Peel Food Zone project, part of the Transform Peel Initiative.
A past example is the South West Food Processing Precinct report, prepared by Cardno (WA) Pty Ltd. This study, commissioned by the then Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Landcorp and the South West Development Commission and supported by the Department of Planning, identified Waterloo near Bunbury, Western Australia as the preferred location for a future agri-industry investment in the south-west region.
Local land-use planning
We assist local government to develop or review plans, strategies and policies relevant to the agricultural and food industries.
We provide local governments with principles to guide decision making where proposed rural subdivision adjoins high quality agricultural land. We work with local governments when they review their planning strategies and schemes to minimise adverse impact of planning decisions on local agriculture and food industries and individual enterprises.
We provide formal comment on referred planning scheme amendments which may affect food production and processing enterprises. We seek to ensure established agricultural industries can continue to operate without sensitive nearby land uses, such as residential dwellings, compromising operations; and that new or expanded agricultural enterprises do not adversely affect nearby sensitive land uses or environments.
We have worked with local governments in the Peel region along with the Peel-Harvey Catchments Council and other state agencies to guide new investment in horticulture in the Peel-Harvey. We contributed our technical and policy expertise into Peel's model local planning policy for horticulture by interpreting regional soil-landscape mapping into a nutrient export risk table for use with the policy.
When providing advice to local government, we are guided by:
- Department of Health Guidelines for separation of agricultural and residential land uses
- EPA Guidance Statement Separation Distances between Industrial and Sensitive Land Uses
- stocking rate guidelines
- equine management plans approved by the local shire
- identification of high quality agricultural land