DAPs in line with policy, says chief
DEVELOPMENT assessment panels make decisions in the same way as local governments, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage director general Gail McGowan says.
Ms McGowan said panels made decisions in line with the relevant local planning scheme and all applicable planning policies.
She said in the 2016-17 financial year, 24 out of 29 new Metro NorthWest JDAP applications were determined in accordance with a recommendation by local government, WA Planning Commission (WAPC) or Department of Finance.
“Any development approved by the Metro North-West DAP is able to be approved according to the cities of Wanneroo, Stirling and Joondalup’s own local planning schemes and/or planning policies,” she said.
The incoming director general said DAPs had an important place in the WA planning system.
“Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has widely indicated that certain aspects will be reviewed, including transparency and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is currently working through this,” she said.
“Third parties can make representations to both local governments or DAPs on local planning issues which are considered before a final determination is made.”