DESPITE Planning Minister John Day announcing changes to residential design codes, many community members are unhappy with Development Assessment Panels in WA.
DESPITE Planning Minister John Day announcing changes to residential design codes, many community members are unhappy with Development Assessment Panels (DAP) in WA.
Mr Day said the changes were in response to community and local government feedback and would reintroduce the site area per dwelling calculation and reduce the number of apartments that could be built on blocks zoned R30 and R35.
He said residential density would continue to be a priority in Perth’s metropolitan area to accommodate the State’s growing population.
“This change will provide local governments with the confidence and in some cases direction to deliver density in areas around high-frequency public transport and major commercial and employment precincts,” he said.
But resident committees in WA still think there are flaws in the system. More than 130 people attended a public meeting in South Perth on Wednesday night dubbed ‘Scrap the DAP’.
Thirteen residents spoke about what they thought were major issues with the DAP and the lack of third party appeal rights.
South Perth resident Vicki Redden said in a recent development application, a relaxation clause in the local policy in regard to the height of a new development was taken out of context.
“Relaxation in this context meant one or two storeys above the norm but for the DAP to allow a 400 per cent increase is a mockery,” she said.