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Jun 25, 2020

Rowe Group commends the State Government on the historic planning reform legislation which passed through State Parliament on Wednesday 24 June 2020.  We welcome the important changes contained within the Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2020 (the ‘Bill’) as an important planning reform and a much-needed response to facilitate the economic recovery from COVID-19.

Rowe Group is advised by the DPLH that, as the content of the Bill was amended, the amendments are to be incorporated to the Bill prior to submission with the Governor for assent, and thereafter gazettal. To those of our clients interested in the provisions enabling the WAPC to exercise extra-ordinary powers to determine ‘Significant Development’ applications, or provisions providing the automatic extension of time for subdivision approvals, we understand these are both in Part 2 of The Bill and will come into effect the day after assent.  We look forward to further detailed guidance from the State Government and DPLH.

We continue to provide our clients and colleagues with specific organisationally targeted or project specific advice on these matters and are happy to receive your enquiries as they arise.

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