WA reviews DAP system

Almost 500 initial development applications have been approved by DAP in two years.
Almost 500 initial development applications have been approved by DAP in two years.

DAPs were introduced to determine higher-value development applications in place of local governments.

In the City of Stirling there have been 48 applications, with 32 successful, and in the Town of Bassendean three received and two approved.

Seven of nine applications in the City of Bayswater were successful, including the residential development on 58 Kennedy Street, which did not comply with planning codes.

Despite council and resident opposition, the Maylands development of 11 dwellings in a three-storey block was approved last month.

The decision frustrated residents including Deborah Chinnery, who said the process gave them no appeal rights.

The DAP website states the process was established to ‘enhance planning expertise in decision-making by improving the balance between technical advice and local knowledge.’

Each panel has five ordinary and three specialist members, and two local government councillors who determine applications of a certain type and value threshold.

In August, the Department of Planning released a report reviewing the DAP process, which collated 257 submissions from individuals, organisations and local governments including the City of Bayswater.

A Department of Planning spokeswoman said outcomes included increasing the opt-in value to between $2 to $10 million for all metropolitan and regional local governments but Perth.

‘Mandatory thresholds will now be above $10 million for all metropolitan and regional local governments ” again, except City of Perth,’ she said.

‘These new thresholds will allow more people to opt in or out of the DAP process and provide a greater level of flexibility.’