Subdivision/amalgamation application process
- Applications for subdivision, lot amalgamations and boundary realignments are often prepared by planning consultants or surveyors on behalf of the landowner.
The application is made to the WAPC.
- The WAPC sends out copies of the application to a number of organisations, including the local government, for comment.
- The Shire usually responds to the WAPC within 42 days with a letter recommending approval (with conditions), refusal (with reasons) or deferral (need more information).
- If the WAPC issues a conditional approval for the subdivision, it can include conditions requested by the Shire and other agencies.
- The subdivider will undertake the necessary work and then writes to the Shire and other Government agencies to request 'Clearance' of the conditions.
- Once all the conditions have been met, the titles to the new lots will be requested by Landgate.
What the Shire considers
In making its response to the WAPC, the Shire considers a range of issues including:
- Zoning and provisions under the Local Planning Scheme
- Whether the land is suitable for additional development
- Existing structure plans or the need for a new structure plan
- Whether environmental values can be adequately protected
- If the lots are an appropriate size and shape for that zone
- If new lots will have safe and adequate access to public roads
- How drainage should be managed
- Whether existing buildings should be removed
- Whether any soil, environmental, or bushfire investigations should be undertaken before the subdivision is determined, or if an investigation and report should be required as a condition of approval.
Minimum lot sizes
For Residential zoned land, the minimum lot size is determined by Table 1 of State Planning Policy 7.3 Residential Design Codes. For land in other zones, the minimum lot size is likely to be provided for in the maps and provisions of the Local Planning Scheme.
The WAPC may accept slight variations to the minimum lot size required for the zone.
Circumstances where the WAPC will consider residential lot size variations of up to 5% are listed in its Development Control Policy 2.2 Residential Subdivision.
The Shire will generally not support any relaxation of the minimum lot size for battleaxe lots. The Shire and WAPC are unlikely to support variations to the minimum lot size in bushfire prone areas unless access improvements brought about by the subdivision will significantly improve bushfire safety in that locality.