August E- Bulletin .pub by f66s


									                                  Planning Institute of Australia
                                       WA Division

                                                                                            Early Bird
                                                                                        Closes this Friday
                                                                                         8 August 2008

                                  REGISTER NOW
In 2008 PIA WA is heading to Bunbury for it’s State Conference. We will be exploring the development of Second
Cities including the environmental, infrastructure, economic and community challenges associated with the
growth of booming metropolitan and regional centres.
We are bringing together experts from a range of professions to challenge our way of thinking; evoke thought
and debate; provide meaningful knowledge and learning’s; entertain and inspire us for the journey that lies
ahead in planning for the boom in Western Australia, including award winning journalist and Sunrise news
presenter Natalie Barr as special guest MC and speaker at the Conference Dinner. Put this date in your diary, tell
your friends, and get ready to head down the coast one more time along the ‘old’ road to Bunbury.

Are you interested in hearing what could be on the Horizon for Western Australia’s planning and development
industry following the upcoming State Government Election?

A State Government pre-election planning platform presentation is incorporated as part of this years PIA
State Conference September 3rd to 5th. The following speakers have been confirmed:
      The Hon Simon O’Brien MLC, Liberals - Building a lasting vision for Western Australia
      The Hon Paul Llewellyn MLC, The Greens - A Green Vision for a Prosperous Future

We look forward to welcoming you to this years conference

Entries for the 2008 Awards for Planning Excellence are now being accepted, Nominations will close
Friday August 15.
Whilst the prime objective of the Awards is to recognise the highest achievement in planning
excellence, a secondary objective is to provide a showcase of the high standard of planning
throughout Western Australia.
The number of state winners that go on and win national awards is significant and reflects our
commitment to improving the quality of Western Australia life.
Entering the Awards for Planning Excellence provides the opportunity to gain State and National
Exposure whilst celebrating your planning achievements.
There are 14 Award Categories, for more information, including the Nomination kit go to

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Professional Development

Professional Development updates - Anna Kelderman
Its been a busy couple of months, In June our Professional Development Forum was
held at the Parmelia Hilton over a hearty breakfast Arthur Kyron, CEO of the Town of
Claremont and Marcus Le Messurier, WA Retail Development Regional Director for
Brookfield Multiplex presented the Claremont Town Centre Case Study - A case study
illustrating the long term iterative process that has led to the development of a
multi-million dollar commercial and residential precinct in the Claremont Town Centre.
Our presenters led us through the background to the project including the significant challenges, and
described the 14 month community engagement process that finally ensured the path of the project.
The presentation illustrated the absolute benefit of holistic design and planning with the community in
achieving good quality urban design outcomes.
PIA would like very much to thank our sponsors, TPG Town Planning & Urban Design, and the
presenters, Arthur Kyron and Marcus Le Messurier for an excellent and informative event.

July 7, The Environmental Planning Chapter was officially launched with presentations by Peter
O’Dwyer, National Chair PIA Environment Planning Chapter & Gerry Morvell, Consultant to the
Department of Climate Change. The presentations given were highly relevant as Professor Garnaut
had presented his draft report “Garnaut Climate Change Review” that morning to the Press Club.
Gerry’s presentation—Adapting to Climate Change Coastal Vulnerability took us through Australia’s
vulnerability to climate change & Projects underway.
                           Pia's position statement on Climate Change:
 “The Planning Profession is in a unique position to assist the community in understanding
             and adapting to the expected consequences of climate change”

Thank you to our Sponsors GHD & CARDNO

July 23,   PIAWA Luncheon: Planning Rhetoric vs Reality
The Hon Alannah MacTiernan, MLA Minister for Planning and Infrastructure made a interesting and
convincing presentation at the annual PIA luncheon on 23 July 2008 that the business as usual model
would not achieve the outcomes needed to secure true housing affordability. The Minister examined
housing and transport cost analysis in the US as well as housing vulnerability analysis carried out by
Griffin University to demonstrate that those living on the urban fringe are not realising a true
affordable lifestyle. The Minister identified a number of strategies, including increasing density and
urbanity, public transport expansion and urban infill as a way of closing the lifestyle cost gap between
central and outer suburbs.
PIA WA would like to thank Hon Alannah MacTiernan, MLA Minister for Planning and Infrastructure for
her presentation as well as the sponsors Lavan Legal and Port Bouvard Limited. We look forward
to seeing you all at next years luncheon.

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Planning Report Card

For the past two years PIA has invited Australian planning professionals to provide their expert
opinions on how we are performing in key areas critical to the health and well being of our cities and
regions. In the past we have received a very positive response to the National Report Card and I am
pleased to announce the launch of the third survey.
PIA uses the results of the survey to advocate for industry and government decision makers at all
levels to better design, fund and build communities that meet Australia’s future economic, social and
environmental needs and that are governed well.
Last year we asked Federal and State and Territory Planning Ministers to provide a response to the 12
key areas that we have identified as being crucial to having a healthy planning system. This initiative
was very well received and the responses were posted to the PIA website for members to read prior
to completing the online questionnaire.
This year as well as asking for early feedback from the three levels of governments we have also
invited early input from a range of peak industry groups, to advise the Institute of a summary of
major initiatives that are underway for the 12 topic areas that will be used in the survey. Again these
responses will be posted on the PIA website and I would encourage you to read these responses prior
to completing the questionnaire.
As planners working in the field and having hands on input to these key areas, you have an
understanding of how the planning industry is performing in your State / Territory. PIA values your
opinions and I encourage you to complete the online questionnaire. The 12 questions, which require
a rating score, will take approximately 10 minutes of your time to complete. There is also the
opportunity to provide additional feedback in relation to each of the key areas.
I encourage you or your work colleagues to take the time to complete the online questionnaire.
The Planning Report Card is a way for you to have your say on how you think the future of planning
should be mapped. A copy of last year’s Report Card can be accessed at 2007 Report Card.
To complete the online questionnaire you can go to: 2008 Report Card online questionnaire.
Thank you for taking the time to participate in this initiative. The results of the Report Card will be
released in Brisbane on Friday, 7 November 2008, the day prior to World Town Planning Day and the
results will also be posted to the PIA website on this date.
The questionnaire closes on Friday 21 August 2008.

Policy Opportunities with PIA
Interested in working in a policy leadership role for your Professional Association?
The National Office is looking to recruit a talented senior planning policy officer to its Canberra-based
Please express your interest by forwarding a short email and a copy of your CV to Di Jay,
Chief Executive Officer, on

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          State Planning Policy 3.6 Development Contributions for Infrastructure (Draft)

As the peak body for planning professionals in Australia, the Planning Institute of Australia (Western
Australian Division) (PIA WA) commends the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), Urban
Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) and the Western Australian Local Government Association
(WALGA) in undertaking the preparation of “State Planning Policy 3.6 Development Contributions for
Infrastructure (Draft)”. This State Planning Policy will provide a greater level of certainty, consistency and
transparency in relation to development contributions across Western Australia. The current inconsistent
application of cost contributions across local authorities potentially provides a level of inequity that requires
resolution as identified by many stakeholders in the land development industry.
PIA is supportive of policy that is easily understood, demonstrates the ability to be consistently applied and
can provide certainty for the planners, landowners, developers and most importantly the community. This
State Planning Policy goes a long way to providing the level of clarity that is desired by the various
PIA WA would like to provide the following comments in response to the “State Planning Policy 3.6
Development Contributions for Infrastructure (Draft)”.
In general, the policy is well constructed and easy to follow. It provides clarity around a number of issues
associated with the appropriate preparation of Developer Contribution Plans (DCP), the inclusion of the DCP
into a Town Planning Scheme, identification of areas where a DCP applies and the public consultation
required to prepare and adopt a DCP. PIA WA agrees that the policy’s eight underlying principles are
appropriate as the foundation of the policy document, in particular the need to clearly identify the “need”
for infrastructure and the “nexus” to development.
There are also however a number of areas that may be reviewed to strengthen the policy.
The primary concern is the need to clearly define the “soft” infrastructure that should be contributed to by
the “developer” and the infrastructure that should be provided by the “local authority”. The cost of
providing infrastructure is required to be “duly apportioned” based on “need” and “nexus”. It is important
that a local authority does not impose an unfair burden to provide infrastructure on a discrete group of
landowners that in fact will benefit the entire or a broader community. The policy would benefit from more
clearly identifying the type of “soft” infrastructure that the developer and the local government are
expected to provide. The policy only makes reference to District Community Centre and Senior Playing
Fields, which is in contrast to Planning Bulletin 18, which identifies a range of “hard” infrastructure and the
responsible provider. The policy would benefit from more clearly defining the status of Planning Bulletin 18
and the reference to “development contributions beyond the standard provisions outlined in Appendix 1”,
(page 4) within the policy.
One of the most complex matters when preparing a DCP can be the decision to include or not include
“environmental assets”. The land set aside for environmental purposes are of benefit to the
community and are for use by the community however it can be detrimental to the development
potential of a parcel of land. The policy does not provide guidance in relation to the inclusion of
environmental assets within a DCP. This is a critical issue as proposed urban developments are
becoming more regular in areas that are on the urban fringe and are rural in nature. The
development sites therefore have greater potential for having unreserved ecological assets.

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With high levels of fragmented land ownership environmental assets such as a conservation category
wetland or environmental linkage across a landowners site can create uncertainty for local governments on
how best to preserve the community asset and can cause uncertainty for developers as well. PIA WA would
encourage the WAPC, UDIA, WALGA and the Department of Environment and Conservation in conjunction
with PIA WA to work collaboratively to provide all stakeholders within the development industry with clarity
around this complex issue.

Within Clause 6.3.6 (g) the policy indicates that the developer has the right to review the DCP, however
this may be difficult to achieve in a planning framework that does not provide “a third party review right”.
As the DCP is adopted into the Scheme through an amendment process an affected landowner has the
right to comment on the DCP enabling a level of review to occur. Some right of review is important to
preserve as an overly onerous DCP will prevent development occurring in the area, potentially sterilizing
the land. Equally, preparing a DCP that does not provide an appropriate level of infrastructure for the
functioning of the community has significant negative outcomes.

The timing associated with enforcing the payment of DCP costs as referred to in Clause -Liability
can become a complex process. Enforcing developer contributions as part of the process of clearing
subdivision or developer conditions ( ( c ) ) is an appropriate “trigger” as there is a clear
instruction to the landowner (the developer) that there is a need to meet the DCP costs as part of the
condition of development. With limited resources at local government there is a concern that “triggers” like
commencement of development on site ( b) ) or the expiry of the DCP (d) could
actually go unnoticed due to high work loads in many local government areas.

There has been discussion around identifying a “period of operation” of the adopted DCP. With local
governments under resourced a “sunset clause” could result in a local authority being in a position where
development of an area has not been completed however the DCP no longer applies. For example the DCP
may have “expired” and developers continue to develop. This may result in a situation where the local
authority would be keen to apply the DCP costs and the developer would want to avoid the contribution; a
situation where there is no clarity or equity in application of DCP costs. Careful consideration must be given
by the local authority relating to matters of resourcing and the ability to continually manage a DCP.

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The Self-Diagnostic Tool has been created to help planners assess their skills-base, organisational
capacity, leadership and working methods. It is hoped the Tool will enable planning organisations to
find   themselves      better    placed    to   cope   with   the    challenges  that    lie  ahead.
The results of this project will be presented in October 2008 to the UN Habitat World Urban Forum 4
which is being held in Nanjing and to the Global Planners Network Congress being held in Zhenjiang.
To complete the Self-Diagnostic Tool you can visit the home page of the PIA website - or follow the link
The survey closes on 31 August 2008.

Built Environment Meets Parliament
The Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Architects, Property Council of Australia,
Green Building Council Australia and the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia invite you to
join us for Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) 2008 to be held at Parliament House, Canberra
on 1-2 September 2008.

BEMP is a 2-day event consisting of a welcome cocktail function, full-day Summit and gala dinner
incorporating the presentation of the Australia Award for Urban Design.

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Members in the News

Who was spotted in the West Weekend Magazine 21 June?

Archibald Prize 2008 Finalist Peteris Ciemitis

Friday August 1 saw a full house at Gadfly Gallery, at the opening of Peter Ciemitis’ latest solo exhibition.
Senior Associate and Urban Designer with Robertsday, Ciemitis has for some time exhibited his paintings
and drawings, but most recently came to critical attention for his art when he was listed as a finalist in the
Archibald Prize for Portraiture in both 2007 and 2008.

The exhibition at Gadfly presents portraits recently undertaken by Peter featuring Jazz and Blues
musicians ranging from Paul Grabowsky and Dave Hole, to Libby Hammer and Matt Taylor who
collaborated with him to produce this body of work.

The exhibition runs until August 24, and is open Tuesday - Friday: 11.00am - 5.00pm and Saturday -
Sunday: 2.00pm - 5.00pm at Gadfly Gallery, 131b Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith. Also visit

                               L to R Karen Brown, Diana Warnock, Peter, Lyn Diceiro

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Members in the News

                                                    Paul McQueen—Lavan Legal a sponsor of PIA WA
                                                    Luncheon: Planning Rhetoric vs. Reality, with Hon
                                                    Minister Alannah MacTiernan July 23. Paul entertained
                                                    everyone at the luncheon with his limerick.—published in
                                                    WA Business News last week.

News from DPI/WAPC

Draft State Planning Policy 3.6 Development Contributions for Infrastructure

A new state planning policy to help local government establish a fair and appropriate basis for
charging land developers for the cost of local community infrastructure has received over 30
submissions from local governments and private industry. The majority of the submissions give in
principle support for the policy that sets out the principles and considerations that apply to
development contributions for the provision of infrastructure in new and established urban areas, and
the form, content and process to be followed. It is expected the policy will be finalised by the end of
the year.
The draft policy is available from

Planning Bulletin 90 Planning Requirements for the Prostitution Amendment Act 2008
A planning bulletin advising on the planning implications arising from enactment of the Prostitution
Amendment Act 2008 has been released for public comment. The bulletin sets out a draft policy for
consideration and comment. Following consideration and comments, it is intended that the WAPC will
finalise its policy position coinciding with proclamation of the legislation (late 2008) so that there is a
smooth transition to the new model. The public comment period closes on Friday 15 August 2008.

The planning bulletin is available from

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News from WAPC/DPI

Planning Bulletin 91 Estate Covenants: New Residential Subdivisions
Planning bulletin 91 clarifies the WAPC's current position on restrictive covenants and the procedures
for their extinguishment as contemplated by clause 5.4 of the Model Scheme Text. The bulletin
addresses concerns regarding the imposition of restrictive covenants in residential estates which are
inconsistent with and undermine local planning scheme provisions and state planning policies.
The planning bulletin is available from

South-West Framework
A framework to identify key issues facing the South-West region has been released for discussion and
public comment. Information, comments and ideas on the framework are invited until Tuesday 30
September 2008. The DPI is actively seeking data on a range of issues including the impact
associated with climate change, the risk of inundation along sections of the coast due to sea level
rise, the distribution and quality of native vegetation, high capability agricultural land, water
resources, needs of industry, infrastructure requirements and ways to better integrate planning
across local government boundaries. Input on these matters is sought to assist in further
development of the framework.

The framework is available from

Staff movements
Comings .............
Charles Johnson commenced as Executive Planner Special Projects reporting to the DG.

Shane O'Donohue has commenced a six month secondment as Director Economic Policy with the
Policy Group, Shane is from the Department of Water.

Katerina Neve and Johanna Dowsett have recently started in the Environment and Sustainability

Graduates have moved on to their next rotation - Brendan Tippett and Nic Temov have joined the
Network City Policy and Planning, David Sands has moved to Statutory Planning, Ben Kent has joined
Regional Land Use and Infrastructure and Shanthi Golestani has joined Urban Regeneration.

Goings ..........

Barbara Pedersen has left DPI to join SKM.

Moshe Gilovitz resigned as WAPC General Manager to go into private practice. Wayne Winchester will
act as the WAPC General Manager for three months.

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