The State Government’s highly controversial Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) planning approval process is under increasing scrutiny.
DAPs were introduced by the Minister for Planning in July, 2011, “he said they would streamline the planning process, make the system more flexible and be more transparent.”
There were warnings by planning experts about the dangers of DAPs before they were introduced. Here is a excellent paper by Denis MacLeod, a leading planning lawyer, at a Local Government forum in October 2009.
Then one year after the system had been introduced, in 2012, Ian MacRae, President of Local Government Planners Association, delivered this paper at the UWA. More information about DAP concerns can be found here on Councillor Julie Matheson’s page.
Unsurprisingly, we are now seeing a growing number of residents and Local Government Councillors from all over Perth up in arms and speaking out, over what they see as an inherently flawed, undemocratic system that favours developers and gives them no say or right to appeal (third party appeal rights) against inappropriate developments in their areas that negatively affect them.
Disputes go behind closed doors to the SAT (State Administrative Tribunal), where only the developer can appeal, not community stakeholders negatively affected by the developments.
Though many from the media were invited, only one reporter attended, ‘Rhiannon Shine’ from The Post Newspaper. Her story was on the front cover on the 1st of August ;
These opinions pieces prompted a number of retorts and more articles in the following weeks edition of The Post on the 15th of August, 2015,
Front page (15th Aug);
On page 12, letter by Angela Hamersley one of the speakers at the DAP meeting from Subiaco;
Then on page 16 is an excellent review of the DAP system by Lloyd Gorman;
On page 17 – Under the spotlight;
Then on page 18;
On page 2 a letter by Ian Ker;
Page 24, letters by Sally Pyvis and Jack Walsh, who also spoke at the DAP community meeting mentioned at the top;
Page 24 continued, Five easy steps for developers
Here is a link to the ‘Scrap the DAP’ on-line petition. Please sign and share far and wide and help put an end to Barnett’s undemocratic planning laws that is wreaking havoc everywhere.
Anyone who isn’t quite sure about what Planning is supposed to be like in a democracy, might like to read this papers by The Honourable Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia;
State Administrative Tribunal (SAT)
Conference to mark 80 years of Town PlanningLaw in Western Australia –
The Importance of Town Planning Law
See SAT information here