Role of Gov­ern­ment in ser­vice sta­tion ap­provals

Wanneroo Times - - Wanneroo Link -

Res­i­dent con­cerns about two new ser­vice sta­tion sites in the Wan­neroo Town Cen­tre precinct re­news the fo­cus on the role of the State Gov­ern­ment’s De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els (DAPs) in ap­prov­ing such de­vel­op­ments.

The State Gov­ern­ment in 2011 cre­ated De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els (DAPs) to de­ter­mine cer­tain ap­pli­ca­tions in place of pre­vi­ous de­ci­sion mak­ers, typ­i­cally a lo­cal Coun­cil and/or the Western Aus­tralian Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC). DAPs re­port di­rectly to the Min­is­ter for Plan­ning, act­ing as in­de­pen­dent de­ci­sion-making bod­ies. As re­ported in lo­cal me­dia last year the site on the cor­ner of Wan­neroo Road and Crisa­fulli Av­enue is con­tentious be­cause the City, in its plan­ning re­port to the North West DAP meet­ing, rec­om­mended the ap­pli­ca­tion be re­fused. The DAP, how­ever, ap­proved the ser­vice sta­tion de­vel­op­ment. Un­der re­cent Gov­ern­ment changes to DAP Reg­u­la­tions the pro­po­nent was able to by­pass Coun­cil as the de­ci­sion-maker, be­cause the de­vel­op­ment had a value of more than $2 mil­lion. The other DAP-ap­proved ser­vice sta­tion at 990 Wan­neroo Road re­moved a con­di­tion pro­posed by the City. This would have im­posed a time limit of 20 years on that par­tic­u­lar us­age. Coun­cils have no right of ap­peal against DAP de­ci­sions

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