DAPs in line with pol­icy, says chief

Wanneroo Times - - News -

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.”

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