Anyone can ask the Shire to undertake a planning scheme amendment. That includes a private land owner, consultant or a group of people. There is no form to complete in order to request a planning scheme amendment – you can simply send a letter. However, we recommend that you contact our Strategic Planning Department via email at email@example.com to discuss before applying. Please provide a short description of the amendment and your contact details and we will contact you to discuss.
It is important to note that Council is only likely to support an amendment request when it can be demonstrated that the proposed change will either address an anomaly or better support the Shire's strategic planning objectives expressed by various planning policies and strategic plans
A planning scheme amendment must be accompanied by the prescribed amendment fees which are to be paid at key milestones in the process.
STAGE OF AMENDMENT
a) considering a request to amend a planning scheme; and
b) taking action required by Division 1 of Part 3 of the Act; and
c) considering any submissions which do not seek a change to the amendment; and
d) if applicable, abandoning the amendment
(206 fee units)
The planning authority
(i) up to and including 10 submissions which seek a change to an amendment and where necessary referring the submissions to a panel; or
(1021 fee units); or
(ii) 11 to (and including) 20 submissions which seek a change to an amendment and where necessary referring the submissions to a panel; or
(2040 fee units); or
(iii) Submissions that exceed 20 submissions which seek a change to an amendment, and where necessary referring the submissions to a panel; and
(2727 fee units)
b) providing assistance to a panel in accordance with section 158 of the Act; and
c) making a submission to a panel appointed under Part 8 of the Act at a hearing referred to in section 24(b) of the Act; and
d) considering the panel's report in accordance with section 27 of the Act; and
e) after considering submissions and the panel's report, abandoning the amendment.
a) adopting the amendment or part of the amendment in accordance with section 29 of the Act; and
b) submitting the amendment for approval by the Minister in accordance with section 31 of the Act; and
c) giving the notice of the approval of the amendment required by section 36(2) of the Act.
(32.5 fee units) if the Minister is not the planning authority or nil fee if the Minister is the planning authority
a) consideration by the Minister of a request to approve the amendment in accordance with section 35 of the Act; and
b) giving notice of approval of the amendment in accordance with section 36(1) of the Act.