High time for DAPs’ reform
PLANNING Minister Donna Faragher says 94 per cent of development assessment panels’ (DAPs) decisions follow council recommendations. That means 6 per cent do not, potentially causing council, ratepayer and voter ire. It is not just the obvious, such as unwanted high rise, but allowing some less glamorous projects such as refurbishing shopping centres or subdivisions in places already thought to be crowded. These more mundane decisions also aggravate communities. Some sort of DAP reform should address this. What Ms Faragher also does not say is that council planning schemes now follow rules and guides set by State Government planning, which many regard as allowing DAP-friendly decisions. While voters must understand their councils now have far less power, if they want DAP reform the time is between now and the March State Election.