Shire of Toodyay

 For Public Comment

REVIEW OF TOODYAY LOCAL PLANNING STRATEGY AND SCHEME

The Toodyay Local Planning Strategy was endorsed on 19 December 2007 and provides a strategic direction and framework for decision making to provide the basis for future land use and a context for the land zoning contained within the Local Planning Scheme, which was originally gazetted on 13 February 2008 and has had 8 amendments to date.

Initial issues that have been identified by Council that will be further explored in this review include bushfire risk; heritage; tourism and rural tourism; mining and basic raw materials; waste management and landfills; transport; agriculture; sport and recreation; employment lands; and demographics and aging population.

Community involvement in the review and development of the Strategy and Scheme is important as it will aim to set the strategic direction for land use and development in the Shire for the next 10 to 15 years and will provide a document that is user-friendly that reflects the community’s vision and cater for future needs.

A short survey will be available soon together with a series of issues papers, regular updates and information on community consultation opportunities will be available on Council’s website at www.toodyay.wa.gov.au . You can also email your details to planningtalk@toodyay.wa.gov.au where you will be included on a mailing list and receive regular updates.

NEW BUSHFIRE REGULATIONS

The Shire of Toodyay has now been designated as bushfire prone by the FES Commissioner. This order was gazetted in tandem with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Amendment Regulations 2015 and new State Planning Policy 3.7: Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas (SPP 3.7) which together form the State Government’s bushfire planning reforms.

These reforms introduce new requirements for people intending to develop and/or build in bushfire prone areas, including the need to assess a property’s bushfire risk and take additional construction measures to limit the impact of bushfires.

The Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas identify the parts of the State that are designated as bushfire prone and came into effect on 8 December 2015. However, due to the transitional arrangements provided by the LPS Amendment Regulations 2015, some provisions will not become operational until 8 April 2016.

For more information on these reforms and requirements please contact the Shire of Toodyay Development Services on 9574 2258 or go to the Department of Planning Bushfire reforms page at http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/7958.asp