An important role and function of local government is to plan, implement, administer and review the orderly and sustainable use, development and management of all land contained within its local government area.
This is a complex, comprehensive and time-consuming task. It is not always readily appreciated by both the citizens of the local government area and proponents of development, especially as to why it is needed and how the need arises.
The Western Australian system of land use planning and development applies to the Shire of Carnarvon. Before considering this further it is important to offer a definition of land use planning.