Anti-DAP meet­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

WESTERN sub­urbs may­ors and coun­cil­lors op­posed to State Gov­ern­ment De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els (DAPs) gath­ered with about 250 res­i­dents from across Perth at a com­mu­nity meet­ing re­cently.

DAP-al­lowed South Perth apart­ments to 29 storeys that were con­trary to res­i­dents’ wishes trig­gered the meet­ing, where South Perth res­i­dent Vicki Red­den said a plan­ning pol­icy clause al­low­ing height lim­its to be re­laxed was taken out of con­text by the DAP.

“Re­lax­ation in this con­text meant one or two storeys above the norm, but for the DAP to al­low a 400 per cent in­crease is a mock­ery,” she said.

Since 2010, de­vel­op­ers with projects worth over $3 mil­lion can avoid coun­cils and go to lo­cal and re­gional DAPs com­pris­ing three Gov­ern­ment ap­pointees and two coun­cil­lors

Cottes­loe Cr Jack Walsh told the meet­ing DAPs were un­ac­count­able and left af­fected res­i­dents with­out ap­peal rights, and Su­bi­aco res­i­dent An­gela Hamer­s­ley claimed at­tempted third party ap­peals to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal about DAPs of­ten failed to get hear­ings.

Con­tentious projects in­volv­ing DAPs have in­cluded multi-storey de­vel­op­ment where two ex­tra storeys were al­lowed by Plan­ning Min­is­ter John Day on Waratah Av­enue, Dalkeith in the City of Ned­lands.

“And at the Aria de­vel­op­ment in Swan­bourne 50 units were per­mit­ted, and the DAP ex­ploited a loop­hole and we ended up to over 100 units,” Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins said.

Mr Hip­kins said WA should have the third part ap­peal rights of the eastern states, and DAPs’ ac­count­abil­ity would be an is­sue at the next State Elec­tion given enough public sup­port.

The meet­ing passed a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in DAPs, and called for coun­cils’ plan­ning pow­ers to be re­turned. But a pro­posal to form an anti-DAP po­lit­i­cal party failed and in­stead it was de­cided to es­tab­lish a res­i­dents work­ing group to lobby for the abo­li­tion of DAPs and third-party ap­peals at the State Elec­tion.

Mr Day said DAPs and coun­cil de­ci­sions were made with rel­e­vant lo­cal plan­ning schemes that gave dis­cre­tion some­times, and “the real is­sue” was not DAPs but those dis­cre­tions, and any con­cerns about them should be taken to coun­cils.

He said WA third party ap­peals rights about plan­ning de­ci­sions never ex­isted be­fore DAPs, and peo­ple could seek court re­views of an er­ror of law.

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