Trou­ble de­vel­op­ing

COUN­CILS WANT PLAN­NING SYS­TEM CHANGED

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Joel Kelly

PRES­SURE is mount­ing on the State Govern­ment to abol­ish or re-as­sess the op­er­a­tion of De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els (DAPS), as sev­eral lo­cal gov­ern­ments unite to say the sys­tem is flawed.

DAPs take power away from coun­cils to de­cide on de­vel­op­ments worth more than $10 mil­lion.

De­vel­op­ers with projects worth more than $2 mil­lion can also “opt-in” to have it as­sessed by a DAP.

All six coun­cils within the Metro Cen­tral Joint DAP area, apart from the City of Can­ning, have ex­pressed sup­port for change within the state plan­ning body.

Its prob­lem, ac­cord­ing to many coun­cil­lors and plan­ners in lo­cal gov­ern­ments, is that lo­cal plan­ning schemes de­vel­oped by coun­cils with pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion are rou­tinely ig­nored. They also ar­gue the odds are stacked against lo­cal in­ter­ests be­cause only two out of five pan­el­lists are from the re­spec­tive lo­cal coun­cil.

At tonight’s City of Bel­mont coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lor Janet Pow­ell will in­tro­duce a mo­tion call­ing for a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the op­er­a­tion and struc­ture of De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els. The mo­tion fol­lows the City of Bayswa­ter writ­ing to Plan­ning Min­is­ter John Day call­ing for an ur­gent re­view of the DAP sys­tem.

Mean­while, the City of Vin­cent went fur­ther and voted to rec­om­mend abol­ish- ing DAPs com­pletely – a mo­tion the City of Stir­ling will also con­sider at a fu­ture meet­ing.

“There are three spe­cial­ist mem­bers on the DAP and two coun­cil­lor rep­re­sen­ta­tives,” Cr Pow­ell said.

“The in­ter­est of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and its plan­ning are by de­fault of sec­ondary im­por­tance.”

Cr Pow­ell said if DAPs were to main­tain their cur­rent struc­ture, the com­mu­nity would view in­volve­ment in fu­ture plan­ning as a fu­tile process.

“JDAP ap­pears more con­cerned with mak­ing the de­vel­op­ment work rather than if it’s a good plan­ning out­come,” he said.

Mr Day said the DAP sys­tem was re­viewed in 2013.

He said the DAP sys­tem was work­ing and only a small frac­tion of cases went against lo­cal govern­ment rec­om­men­da­tions.

“Of the 1000 ap­pli­ca­tions since DAPs were in­tro­duced in 2011, only a small num­ber have been con­tentious; the vast ma­jor­ity progress with­out is­sue,” he said.

“Re­cent anal­y­sis by the WA Lo­cal Govern­ment Au­thor­ity found that 94 per cent of ap­pli­ca­tions are de­ter­mined in ac­cor­dance with the rec­om­men­da­tion of the lo­cal govern­ment.”

De­spite those fig­ures, WALGA against the DAP sys­tem.

See page 2 for what coun­cils have to say about DAPs.

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The De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els process has come in for crit­i­cism.

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