City to vote on review of DAPs
CITY of Belmont councillors will vote on a comprehensive review of the operation and structure of Development Assessment Panels (DAP) tonight.
A council report said council representatives on the Metropolitan Central Joint DAP, City officers and community members were concerned about the operation and structure of the JDAP.
“The composition of the DAP with three specialist members and two local government-elected members removes much of the planning control from the local council,” it said.
The council ultimately has to bear the consequences of the DAP decisions.
“Regrettably, the community does not appreciate the process and will blame councillors or the council as a whole.”
It said some DAP decision had the effect of “undermining the strategic thought” behind local planning schemes.
“This will ultimately lead to a very prescriptive approach to development control, with little room for variation or innovation,” the report said.
Belmont Mayor Phil Marks will write to Planning Minister Donna Faragher, WA Planning Commission Chairman and the Director General of the Department of Planning and outline the City’s concerns – if the motion is passed.
The report said the “stifling of innovation as a consequence of the DAP having limited concern for strategic and policy intent would be disappointing”.