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LAW2601 Planning and Development Law I
Credit Points: 15
LAW1100 Legal Framework I
The prerequisite is waived for students studying K30, K50, K51, V72, V73, M78.

This unit will introduce students to the land use planning system in Western Australia with particular focus on the Planning and Development Act 2005 (WA).  The role of state planning policies, region planning schemes and local planning schemes will be examined.  The relationship between region planning schemes, local government  schemes, planning control provisions and written laws will be examined, together with subdivision and development control.  Practical matters such as Model Scheme Text and Residential Design Codes will also be reviewed.  Students will be made aware of interim development orders, planning control areas and improvement plans. Particular attention will be given to the promotion of sustainable land use and development as a fundamental and underlying objective of the land use planning system in Western Australia.


This unit will also examine the role of administrative law in determining planning disputes and policy development.  The legislative nature of by-laws and regulations will be explained  as will grounds and avenues of challenge to planning proposals.


Throughout this unit, students will also be encouraged to critically reflect on whether the process of consolidation under the new planning and development regime in Western Australia has streamlined the planning process and provided for a more clear, certain and workable planning system for this State.

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This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
V72Bachelor of Laws
V73Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts
K51Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business
K11Bachelor of Planning
K31Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
C15Diploma of Planning
MAAACSGovernance and Policy Major
MAAABIPolicy and Governance Major
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 30/04/2009 VET: 30/04/2009