Local Rural Planning Strategy


The Local Rural Planning Strategy (LRPS), adopted by Council on October 19, 2016 provides strategic guidance for land use and development in the City’s rural areas, and establishes the basis for review of the City’s Local Planning Scheme. The LRPS sets out the vision, aims, strategies and actions associated with issues relating to agricultural and natural resources, infrastructure, rural settlement, biodiversity and preservation of the rural and natural environment.

The LRPS essentially represents a consolidated version of the current rural strategies applicable within the City: the Bullsbrook Townsite and Rural Strategy; Gidgegannup Rural Strategy; and the Swan Hills Rural Strategy, and has regard to recent changes to the State planning framework, namely the WAPC’s State Planning Policy 2.5 ‘Land Use Planning in Rural Areas (2012)’ and the Rural Planning Guidelines.

The LRPS will be used by the City to guide the consideration of rezoning proposals, structure plans, and subdivision referrals to the WAPC as well as development applications. It may also assist in the preparation of other planning instruments such as local planning policy. In addition to the land use planning implications, the LRPS guides the City’s organisational strategic planning, business planning, and economic and tourism development activities in rural areas in addition to partnerships with State and Federal governments and the development sector.