This paper describes in outline and critically analyses the operation of the existing WA Government administered land-use Planning system – that applies state-wide and determines almost every aspect of the creation of future environments for people in WA.
It highlights obvious weaknesses in terms of how poorly the system currently responds to wide-ranging and rapidly changing community consumer needs. It alleges inefficiency and uneconomic overlap of function with Local Authorities, absence of relevant skills and misplacement of others.
It suggests that a current opportunity is arising with the reduction in number of Local Authorities (Note: that is under the separate supervision of the Department of local Government and Communities) that the time is right to urgently reappraise and change the functions and operation of the Planning system as a whole. That is – in order to give the community improved assurance that the creation and design of their future urban living environments (that are the intended results of Planning), are relevant to need.