Panels working well: Minister
DAP critics including the WA Local Government Association and #ScraptheDAPs community group want to make the panels’ reform a State Election issue next March.
WALGA, representing 110 councils, now backs a campaign for a DAPs review, after controversial highrise and development approvals by the panels that sparked some voters’ ire.
Replying to the campaign, Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the panels were “working exceptionally well”, including 94 per cent of their decisions following council recommendations.
“DAPs represent a major contribution to the state’s economy and there are no plans to abolish the existing system, but I remain open to suggestions regarding improvements,” Ms Faragher said.
Opposition local government spokesman David Templeman said community concerns about DAPs were understood and Labor was committed to change for more “transparency and consultation”.
“We will consult with the wider community about reforms to the process in the lead-up to the election.” Mr Templeman said.
Samantha Reece says people should start saying what they wanted from higher densities.