Pres­sure grows on plan­ning de­ci­sions

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

RES­I­DENTS of 45 Perth com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by de­vel­op­ments ap­proved by un­elected de­vel­op­ment assess­ment pan­els (DAPs) will take their fight to the 2017 State Elec­tion.

A lobby group called Scrap the DAPs was formed at a Mos­man Park meet­ing on Wed­nes­day night to fight back against re­cent de­ci­sions of DAPs that have gone against lo­cal coun­cils’ rec­om­men­da­tions.

“There is no plan­ning assess­ment process in WA, as what we have is a plan­ning ap­proval sys­tem,” for­mer Cottes­loe lawyer San­dra Boul­ter said.

Ms Boul­ter said WA needed third-party ap­peal rights so neigh­bours of de­vel­op­ments had power in DAP de­ci­sions, given there was no legal con­nec­tion be­tween what was planned and then de­vel­oped.

Across Perth, 21 coun­cils have passed mo­tions op­pos­ing DAPs, which com­prise two lo­cal coun­cil­lors and three State ap­pointees who can de­cide on any de­vel­op­ment worth more than $3 mil­lion and re­place most plan­ning pow­ers held by coun­cils if a de­vel­oper by­passes lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Groups fight­ing DAPs in­clude res­i­dents fac­ing pro­pos­als of de­vel­op­ments up to 26 storeys in res­i­den­tial South Perth, Scar­bor­ough and cen­tral Fre­man­tle, and R100 den­sity in Al­fred Cove, Applecross and Kens­ing­ton.

Other DAP de­ci­sions af­fect­ing com­mu­ni­ties in­cluded in­fill at By­ford, Vic­to­ria Park and Bur­swood apart­ments, and build­ings up to nine storeys in rail­way-ser­viced his­toric sub­urbs such as Bayswa­ter and Guild­ford.

“We’re just find­ing out that this blind push for in­fill along the rail line is not that well thought out,” Guild­ford res­i­dent An­drew Kiely said, whose com­mu­nity is concerned about a pro­posed five-storey build­ing in the Guild­ford Ho­tel car park.

The meet­ing agreed to sup­port an anti-DAP mo­tion at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion this month.

Res­i­dents from 45 Perth com­mu­ni­ties agree to sup­port an anti-DAP mo­tion at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

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