A WA State Administrative Tribunal first: Consideration of sea level rise and State Coastal Planning Policy

Climate change considerations have been pivotal to a recent State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) decision in Western Australia: Two Rocks Investments Pty Ltd and Western Australian Planning Commission [2019] WASAT 59. In summary, the SAT rejected a local structure plan, in the form proposed, on the basis that it did not have the appropriate setbacks to account for sea level rises anticipated by climate change. This decision is the first of its kind in Western Australia. Continue reading