Some vic­tory in DAP loss

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

MOS­MAN Park Mayor and Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (DAP) critic Ron Nor­ris has down­played los­ing his motion to scrap the un­elected build­ing approval pan­els at the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (WALGA) an­nual gen­eral meet­ing last Wed­nes­day.

“We still got about 45 per cent of the coun­cil to vote against DAPs, and that in­cluded an AGM with about 100 coun­try shires which don’t have a di­rect con­nec­tion to the is­sue,’ Mr Nor­ris said.

Op­po­si­tion to five-mem­ber DAPs comes from the pan­els hav­ing a ma­jor­ity of State Gov­ern­ment ap­pointees who can con­sider pro­pos­als cost­ing more than $2 mil­lion, re­sult­ing in al­legedly un­wanted, too dense and too high de­vel­op­ments.

Mr Nor­ris said the loss of the motion to scrap DAPs had re­sulted in many DAP-op­posed com­mu­nity groups “re­al­is­ing their coun­cils don’t re­ally sup­port them now”.

He said the Gov­ern­ment and the Op­po­si­tion should re­alise DAPs were now likely to “ex­plode” as an is­sue be­fore the state elec­tion in March.

How­ever, Bayswa­ter Mayor Barry McKenna, whose city was over­ruled by a DAP that al­lowed a seven-storey devel­op­ment in King Wil­liam Street, Bayswa­ter, said he was con­verted to re­view­ing and not scrap­ping DAPs after re­al­is­ing nei­ther po­lit­i­cal party was in­ter­ested in get­ting rid of the pan­els.

WALGA pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie said the AGM’s suc­cess­ful res­o­lu­tions to change WA plan­ning rules and re­view DAPs would now be dis­cussed by the as­so­ci­a­tion’s State Coun­cil, as a ma­jor­ity of coun­cils had shown they wanted a WALGA pol­icy that re­flected change.

“Our cur­rent au­dit work on DAP de­ci­sions and out­comes over the past five years will also feed in to this dis­cus­sion and we'll be seek­ing a com­mit­ment from the plan­ning min­is­ter to work with us on ad­dress­ing any is­sues," Ms Craigie said.

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