Local Planning Scheme & Strategies 

The Shire of Dandaragan is responsible for providing a vision for the future development, as well as for assessing the land use planning merit of individual projects on private lots.

Development is guided not only by State legislation, policies and guidelines but also by local policies, guidelines and principally Local Planning Scheme No.7 (Scheme) and the Local Planning Strategy 2020.  

The Scheme consisting of the Scheme Text and Scheme Maps is a statutory document which sets out objectives, development standards and provisions for the use, development and protection of land within the Shire. The Scheme divides the Shire into zones to identify areas for particular land uses and distinguishes land reserved for public purposes. The Scheme is aligned and should be read in conjunction with the Shire's Local Planning Strategy 2020 adopted by the Western Australian Planning Commission, which outlines the long-term planning direction for the Shire.

To view and download the Scheme and the Local Planning Strategy 2020 please visit the following link to the Department of Planning, Lands & heritage website - https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/shire-of-dandaragan-planning-information

Click here to view the Deemed Provisions which form part of every local planning scheme in Western Australia.

Local Panning Framework - Report of Review 

The Shire concluded a review of its Local Planning Framework in November 2023 whereby the following recommendations were resolved by Council: 

Pursuant to Regulation 66(3)(a) and (b) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 recommend to the Western Australian Planning Commission that:

  1.  The Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Strategy 2020not be reviewed as it is satisfactory in its existing form.
  2.  The Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Scheme No. 7should be repealed, and a new scheme prepared in its place.
  3.   As part of preparing a new scheme an assessment be made of:
    1. Existing structure plans and development plans to determine which plans (if any) should be amended / revoked.
    2. The relevance of existing local planning policies to determine which policies (if any) should be amended / revoked and whether any new policies are required.

The Western Australian Planning Commission advised in February 2024 that it agrees with the above recommendations. As such, the Shire will begin the drafting of a new Local Planning Scheme No. 8 in accordance with the above noted Regulations. This will include a comprehensive consultation process with affected stakeholders. This exercise is expected to conclude with the adoption of the new Local Planning Scheme No. 8 in 2026.   

Should you wish to seek clarification on the above please do not hesitate to contact the Principal Planning & Building Officer, Rory Mackay at the Jurien Bay Administration Centre.  

Other Shire Council adopted land use planning strategies

Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaption Plan (CHRMAP)

As the town-sites of Cervantes and Jurien Bay are identified at being of risk of coastal erosion and inundation the Shire adopted a CHRMAP in 2019 and endorsed a Coastal Adaptation Investigation (CAI) 2023 in accordance with State Planning Policy 2.6 - State Coastal Planning Policy and supporting guideline documents. Both strategy documents provide a plan for implementation of recommended coastal adaptation options over the next century, to 2110.

Structure Plans & Local Development Plans

Development and subdivision of land in the Shire of Dandaragan may be subject to controls defined in Structure Plans or Local Development Plans.

Structure Plans and Local Development Plans are typically proposed by the owner of land and lodged with the local government. The local government is then responsible for advertising the proposal and assessing it, taking into account any submissions received during the advertising process. In the case of Structure Plans, the Shire Council then makes a recommendation to the Western Australian Planning Commission on whether or not the plan should be approved. The Western Australian Planning Commission makes the final determination on the plan. The Shire Council is responsible for making the final determination on whether or not a Local Development Plan should be approved.

Development Plan 1

Development Plan 2

Development Plan 2 Part A

Development Plan 3