City of South Perth joins other councils in supporting third-party appeal rights on JDAP rulings

WALGA president Lynne Craigie.
WALGA president Lynne Craigie.

THE City of South Perth has resolved to support the WA Local Government Association’s (WALGA) position on third party appeals against development decisions.

WALGA has put forward its preferred model, which would allow councils and residents to appeal Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) decisions.

Currently only applicants can appeal against JDAP decisions that go through the State Administrative Tribunal.

Five models were debated following consultation with local governments, including a broader version that would have allowed appeals against development application approvals made by local governments, JDAPs, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the WA Planning Commission.

There have been occasions when the Metro Central JDAP has gone against the City’s wishes, including a 34-storey mixed use development at 74 Mill Point Road in South Perth which was approved in 2016.

WALGA president Lynne Craigie said all submissions received from the local governments would be presented to the next State Council meeting on May 4.

“The submissions will help to determine whether WALGA needs to change its position on third party appeal rights, currently opposed,” she said.

“The State Government will be advised of the sector’s recommendation after the meeting in May.”

The City of Belmont voted to support WALGA’s preferred model during a council meeting on February 28, while the Town of Victoria Park did not vote on the issue.

Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the council resolved to support the introduction of third party appeals and forward the resolution in July 2017.

“Since the council’s position hasn’t changed, another submission won’t be made,” he said.

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