City joins opposition to panels
THE City of South Perth has resolved to advocate for the abolition, or significant reforms, to Development Assessment Panels (DAPs).
Councillors unanimously approved the motion at the council meeting last week.
South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said DAPs had largely removed opportunities for local and community-based issues to be considered in the development decision-making process.
“DAPs are not democratic bodies representing the ratepayers and do not reflect the aspirations or values of the community,” she said.
“This is a significant issue for communities throughout WA. A number of other councils in the metropolitan areas have either approved or are actively considering similar resolutions.”
Cr Doherty said if the DAPs were retained, the City would advocate for greater accountability, transparency and procedural fairness for ratepayers during the decisionmaking process.
The City will now advocate that WA follow DAP practices similar to those interstate, where they have been abandoned in favour of Ministerial call-in powers.
These powers would be confined to projects typically with a minimal value of $20 million or more.