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Local Planning Strategy

The Shire of Irwin’s Local Planning Strategy acts as a guide for the progressive development of the Shire over the next 10 to 15 years by:

  • Setting out long term planning directions;
  • Applying State and regional planning policies; and
  • Providing rationale for land use zones and other provisions of the Local Planning Scheme.

The Local Planning Strategy was endorsed by the Western Australian Planning Commission on 3 August 2017 and can be viewed on the Department of Planning website, which you can find at the following link: https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/dop_pub_pdf/Irwin_Strategy_combined.pdf

Local Planning Scheme

All land within the Shire of Irwin boundaries is covered by the Shire of Irwin Local Planning Scheme No. 5. This Scheme stipulates land use zoning and development controls within the Shire. The Scheme is to be read in conjunction with the Local Planning Strategy.

The Shire of Irwin Local Planning Scheme No. 5 can be found on the WA Planning Commission’s website, which you can find at the following link: https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/Local-planning-schemes.asp?q=i

Local Planning Policies

The Shire of Irwin have adopted a number of Local Planning Policies under the Local Planning Scheme to guide decision making and determination of development applications made to the Shire.

The following Local Planning Policies have been adopted by Council:

Local Planning Policy for Advertising Signs

Local Planning Policy for Developer Contributions for Upgrades to Roads and Footpaths

Local Planning Policy for Extractive Industries

Local Planning Policy for Sea Containers

Local Planning Policy for Water Sensitive Urban Design

Local Planning Policy for Wind Turbines

Residential Design Codes

For all development located within the Residential zone, the Shire uses the State Planning Policy 3.1 Residential Design Codes of Western Australia for guidance when assessing development applications.

The Residential Design Codes can be found on the WA Planning Commissions website: https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/dop_pub_pdf/State_Planning_Policy_3.1-Residential_Design_Codes-P.pdf.

Shire of Irwin Industrial Land Strategy

On 23 May 2017, Council adopted the Shire of Irwin Industrial Land Use Strategy. 

The purpose of this strategy is to guide future planning and economic development decisions. To view a copy of this strategy, click here

Green Infrastructure Strategy

Green Infrastructure is the network of green spaces and water systems that deliver multiple environmental, economic and social values and benefits. Over the next five years the Green Infrastructure Strategy will lead to an improved integrated network of multifunctional green spaces and corridors underpinned by easily maintained, economically and environmentally sustainable engineering solutions. The strategy will ensure that the Shire leads by example by reducing water and energy consumption, and by implementing efficient and innovative systems, projects and initiatives. In doing so, we can encourage our community and businesses to reduce water and energy consumption.

Click here to view the Green Infrastructure Strategy

Local Development Plan

The Shire has adopted a Local Development Plan for the Dongara Tourist Park, 8 George Street, Port Denison. The Local Development Plan will guide the future development of the Dongara Tourist Park. The Local Development Plan includes:

  • The Local Development Plan, which can be accessed by clicking here,
  • The Local Development Plan Map, which can be accessed by clicking here,
  • A Bushfire Management Plan, which can be accessed by clicking here,
  • A Drainage Plan, which can be accessed by clicking here, and
  • A Stormwater Management Plan, which can be accessed by clicking here

Dongara-Port Denison District Structure Plan

The Dongara-Port Denison District Structure Plan and the District Water Management Strategy will guide land use and development over the next 10 to 20 years. To view this document, click here.

Dongara Town Centre Precinct Plan

The Dongara Town Centre Precinct Plan provides guidance for land use and development of the various Precincts within the Dongara Town Centre. To view the Dongara Denison Precinct Plan, click here.

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Coastal Planning

Coastal Planning Project

On 23 April 2015, the Shire of Irwin and the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) hosted a Coastal Adaptation Information Forum in Port Denison. This forum brought together members of the community and representatives from the Department of Planning (DoP), Curtin University, NACC and the Shire to discuss the Shire’s new coastal planning project – the Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP). The Shire is leading the project with partners from the DoP, Curtin and NACC. Around twenty community members and stakeholders attended the workshop and witnessed three presentations before taking part in a question and answer session and informal discussion. The workshop discussed topics such as coastal assets, hazards, processes, coastal data, planning, protection infrastructure, communication, and partnerships. Curtin’s Literature Review for the project and a summary report from the forum can be viewed by clicking on the link below;

Coastal Adaptation Forum - Summary Report

Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)

The purpose of the Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) is to provide strategic guidance on coordinated, integrated and sustainable management and adaptation for land use and development in the coastal zone. Specifically this CHRMAP:

  • provides information on the effects of coastal hazards;
  • presents a decision-making framework to assess the associated risks;
  • highlights coastal hazard areas in terms of vulnerability and risk; and
  • suggests possible adaptation options

Click here to view the CHRMAP

Coastal Development Strategy

The purpose of the Coastal Development Strategy 2000 is to provide a framework for rehabilitation of the coastal lands, provide for the establishment of small development nodes that support commercial fishing and coastal recreation and implement coastal access points for day visitors. 

Click here to view the Coastal Development Strategy.

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Irwin River Planning

Irwin River Estuary Management Plan

The Irwin River Estuary Management Plan was adopted by Council in 2014. To view this document, click here.

Irwin Flood Study

Click on the links below to view the Irwin Flood Study (1987):

Part 1

Part 2

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