Stirling joins calls for DAP review

Councillor Elizabeth Re presented a motion last Tuesday that was nearly identical to one put forward on March 1 by Vincent Mayor John Carey and Cr Emma Cole.

The motion stated that DAPs represented a “significant erosion of planning powers by elected representatives”.

Cr Re said DAPs were “thwar-ting the professionalism and intelligence of council staff”.

“This is flying in the face of our ratepayers, who pay for everything that we do; we owe them to have a respectful look at what is going on,” she said.

“There are quite a few councils that have adopted this exactly as it is, we have to sit there are say this is important to show solidarity with other local governments in saying we need to have this reviewed.”

Councillors unanimously agreed that the item should be held over to a planning and development committee in May.

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