Role of Government in service station approvals
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