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Published on Tuesday, 4 July 2023 at 9:03:39 AM


Notice is hereby given that the Shire of York, has initiated the process to formally adopt seven (7) Local Planning Policies under the Shire’s Local Planning Scheme No.3 that were previously prepared and adopted under the Shire of York Town Planning Scheme No.2. The policies primary role is to guide development, clearly articulate what Council aims to achieve through development control and provide additional information concerning the position Council will likely take on particular planning matters. 

P1 - Advertising Signage

The objectives of the policy are to:

  • Ensure advertisements are appropriately sized and sited for their location;
  • Require advertisements to maintain and enhance the amenity of the immediate area, including areas of historical or environmental significance;
  • Discourage ineffective, visually intrusive and proliferation of excessive advertisements; and
  • Provide guidelines for consistent decision making for advertisements on zoned or reserved land within the Shire of York. 

P2 - Barn Style Shed Houses

The objectives of the policy are to:

  • Achieve a high standard of development and residential amenity;
  • Protect the natural and historic beauty of the York townsite;
  • Make provisions regarding the preferred nature and location of residential buildings; and
  • Ensure infill residential development in heritage precincts and near heritage places is of a high standard and does not detract from the place or precinct.

 P3 - Developer Contributions for Road Footpath Upgrading     

The objectives of the policy are to:

  • Provide a basis for seeking financial contributions for the upgrading of the local road and footpath network as part of the subdivision development process;
  • Provide a basis for seeking financial contributions for the upgrading of the local road and footpath network as part of the development approval process;
  • Ensure consistency in recommendations made to the Western Australian Planning Commission regarding subdivision applications; and
  • Provide clear and consistent advice to the local community regarding the Shire's expectations for local road and footpath upgrades when deemed necessary.

P4 - Extractive Industries - Road Maintenance Contribution

The objectives of the policy are to:

  • Ensure those portions of Shire of York controlled roads affected by the heavy vehicle movements associated with Extractive Industries are maintained to a minimum acceptable standard at no extra burden of cost to Council;
  • Prescribe an annual road maintenance contribution, applicable to all Extractive Industries within the Shire of York, for recovery of expenses towards maintenance and repair of roads due to heavy and/or extraordinary traffic movements associated with the operation of an Extractive Industry; and
  • Ensure the prescribed road maintenance contribution correlates with activity and usage of the Shire of York road network.

 P5 - Heritage Management - Interpretative Signage

The objectives of the policy are to:

  • Generate awareness of the rich and diverse historic and social cultural heritage within the Shire of York's built environment;
  • Provide a procedure to recognise buildings approved to be demolished within the Shire of York which are considered to hold historic and/or social cultural heritage values not reflected directly in the building's structure, style or physical appearance; and
  • Encourage innovative and varied forms of heritage interpretation, which recognises different opportunities, depending on the type and scale of development.

P8 - Relocated Second-Hand Dwellings

The objectives of the policy are to:

  • Provide clear standards as to what constitutes an acceptable type of relocated second-hand building to be used as a dwelling or for other habitable purposes;
  • Ensure compliance with the relevant provisions of Council’s Local Planning Scheme No.3 in a manner that is realistic and that ensures the relocation of second-hand dwellings is undertaken to an approved standard that has due regard to local amenity and aesthetics; and
  • Ensure the style, construction and design of relocated dwellings is in keeping with the character of the surrounding dwellings in particular and the locality in general.

P9 - Sea Containers

The objectives of the policy are to:

  • Outline Council’s development standards in regard to the location and use of sea containers within the Shire.

A copy of the draft policies are available on the Shire’s website here. Hard copies are also available for public viewing at the Shire Administration Centre at 1 Joaquina Street, York during office hours up to the 26 July 2023.

Submissions may be made in writing and lodged at the above location, via email to or post to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of York, PO Box 22, York WA 6302.

All submissions must include the following information:

  • Your name, address and contact telephone number;
  • How your interests are affected whether as a private citizen, on behalf of a company or other organisation, or as an owner or occupier of property;
  • Address of property affected (if applicable); and
  • Whether your submission is in support of or objecting to the proposed policies, either in part or in whole, and any reasons supporting your comments.

Please note the submission period closes at 4.30pm on Wednesday 26 July 2023.

All submissions received may be made public at a Council meeting and included in a Council Agenda, which will be available on the Shire’s website in due course, unless a submission specifically requests otherwise.

Chris Linnell


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