Call for third party rights

Wanneroo Times - - News - Lucy Jarvis

A GIRRAWHEEN res­i­dent has wel­comed a push for third party ap­peal rights in re­la­tion to devel­op­ment as­sess­ment pan­els, say­ing it could have helped lo­cals fight plans for a three­storey devel­op­ment.

The City of Wan­neroo has called for third party ap­peal rights in WA for devel­op­ment as­sess­ment panel (DAP) de­ci­sions, but not coun­cil de­ci­sions.

The coun­cil agreed to make a sub­mis­sion to the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion ad­vis­ing it did not sup­port a com­pre­hen­sive in­tro­duc­tion of ap­peal rights, but saw merit for de­ter­mi­na­tions made by pan­els.

The unan­i­mous de­ci­sion noted pub­lic con­fi­dence in the DAP de­ci­sion-mak­ing process could be “en­hanced” by in­tro­duc­tion in those lim­ited cir­cum­stances.

Girrawheen res­i­dent So­nia Gar­cia said the $4.9 mil­lion Strive Loop pro­posal was re­jected by the Metropoli­tan North West DAP in March.

How­ever, the ap­pli­cant ap­pealed to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (SAT) and re­vised plans were brought back to the panel in Au­gust, where three of five panel mem­bers voted to ap­prove the devel­op­ment.

“I went out and got over 100 sig­na­tures say­ing that we don’t want it,” Miss Gar­cia said.

“It didn’t mat­ter what we thought; it was a waste of time for res­i­dents to fight it.

“We can’t have a say on what is go­ing to be built in our area.”

Four peo­ple gave dep­u­ta­tions in sup­port of third party ap­peal rights be­fore the Au­gust 22 coun­cil meet­ing, in­clud­ing Su­bi­aco City coun­cil­lor Julie Math­e­son who said west­ern sub­urbs’ coun­cils had “led the charge on third party ap­peal rights”.

“We are the only state that does not have third party ap­peal rights,” she said.

“If a third party is ag­grieved they can­not ap­peal a de­ci­sion on their own mer­its; they have to go through the Supreme Court. We be­lieve the SAT is the best place for third party ap­peals.”

Cr Domenic Zappa, who is up for re-elec­tion next month, moved an amend­ment to the rec­om­men­da­tion not to al­low third party ap­peal rights ex­cept for DAP de­ci­sions. Joon­dalup coun­cil voted to sup­port third party ap­peal rights in June.

So­nia Gar­cia at the site of the Strive Loop mul­ti­level hous­ing devel­op­ment. d474112

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