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Development Assessment Panels

 

 

 

 

From 1st July 2011, certain Development Applications will no longer be reviewed by the Local Government or WA Planning Commission. Instead, your application may be reviewed by a LDAP or JDAP.

TBB can help guide you through the Application process. Begin by reading this brief overview, then give our team a call.

What is a DAP?

DAP = Development Assessment Panel

Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) are decision making bodies.They determine applications for development approvals in replace of the relevant decision making authority (ie. WAPC or local government).

DAP Decision Making Powers

Their decision-making powers are constrained by the existing planning framework for the local government area subject to the application. DAPs comprise a mix of technical experts and local government representatives with the intent of providing an independent decision maker which is able to more effectively consider the technical aspects of an application, in addition to local concerns and interests.

DAPs in Western Australia

15 DAPs have been established throughout WA and have commenced operation on 1 July 2011. The establishment of DAPs and applications which a DAP is to determine is set out in the Planning and Development Act 2005, together with the Planning and Development (Development Assessment Panels) Regulations 2011(DAP Regulations).

Local vs. Joint – LDAP vs. JDAP

There are two types of DAPs: Local Development Assessment Panels (LDAPs), and Joint Development Assessment Panels (JDAPs). LDAPs service a single local government, and there will only be one established for the City of Perth. The remainder are JDAPs, which service two or more local governments.

Five Panel Members

All DAP members are appointed by the Minister for Planning, and each DAP consists of five panel members:

  • Three (3) Specialist Members:these are members who hold planning qualifications and are appointed as one of the following:
    • Presiding member – who preside at DAP meetings for the DAP in which they are appointed
    • Deputy presiding member – who will act in the place of the presiding member if he or she is unable to act
    • Third specialist
  • Two (2) Local members: two nominated councillors from local government

In addition to this, two deputy members are nominated from local government to be called on if an issue of quorum arises. Alternate members are also appointed and may step in where the appointed member is unable to act.

  • LDAPs will have two representatives from the local government area permanently on the panel.
  • JDAPs will have two representatives from each relevant local government area appointed to the panel, and these two members will only sit on the panel when the application being determined has been made under the local planning scheme that their local government is responsible for.

All DAP members are appointed for a maximum term of two years.

Current Western Australian DAPs

LDAP
Name Local Governments Members
City of Perth Perth
  • Presiding Member: Mr Paul Kotsoglo
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr Brian Curtis
  • Third Specialist: Mr Peter Lee
Metropolitan JDAPs
Name Local Governments Members
Metropolitan Central Bassendean, Bayswater, Belmont, Canning, Melville, South Perth, Victoria Park
  • Presiding Member: Mr Charles Johnson
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr Ian Hocking
  • Third Specialist: Mr Luigi D’Alessandro
Metropolitan East Armadale, Gosnells, Kalamunda, Mundaring, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Swan
  • Presiding Member: Mr Eugene Koltasz
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr Matthew Young
  • Third Specialist: Dr Garry Middle
Metropolitan North-West Joondalup, Stirling, Wanneroo
  • Presiding Member: Ms Karen Hyde
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr Paul Drechsler
  • Third Specialist: Mr Fred Zuideveld
Metropolitan South-West Cockburn, East Fremantle , Rockingham, Kwinana
  • Presiding Member: Mr Neil Foley
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Ms Rachel Chapman
  • Third Specialist: Mr Robert Nicholson
Metropolitan West Cambridge , Claremont , Cottesloe, Mosman Park , Nedlands, Peppermint Grove, Subiaco, Vincent
  • Presiding Member: Ms Megan Bartle
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr Clayton Higham
  • Third Specialist: Mr Malcolm Mackay

Regional JDAPs

Name Local Governments Members
Gascoyne Carnarvon, Exmouth, Shark Bay , Upper Gascoyne
  • Presiding Member: Mr Ed Turner
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr David Gray
  • Third Specialist: Mr Kent MacDowall
Goldfields Esperance Coolgardie, Dundas, Esperance, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Laverton, Leonora, Menzies, Ngaanyatjarraku, Ravensthorpe
  • Presiding Member: Mr David Gray
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr Ed Turner
  • Third Specialist: Mr Antony Ednie-Brown
Great Southern Albany, Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet, Woondanilling
  • Presiding Member: Mr Rob Paull
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr Ian Hocking
  • Third Specialist: Mr Terence Tyzack
Kimberley Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, Halls Creek, Wyndham-East Kimberley
  • Presiding Member: Mr Paul Kotsoglo
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Ms Rachel Chapman
  • Third Specialist: Dr Garry Middle
Mid-West Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Coorow, Cue, Geraldton-Greenough, Irwin, Meekatharra, Mingenew, Morawa, Mount Magnet, Mullewa, Murchison, Northampton, Perenjori, Sandstone, Three Springs, Wiluna, Yalgoo
  • Presiding Member: Mr Rory O’Brien
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr Robert Fenn
  • Third Specialist: Mr Patrick Dick
Peel Mandurah, Murray, Boddington, Waroona
  • Presiding Member: Mr Rob Paull
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr Ed Turner
  • Third Specialist: Mr Kent MacDowall
Pilbara Ashburton, East Pilbara , Port Headland, Roebourne
  • Presiding Member: Mr Eugene Koltasz
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr Clayton Highman
  • Third Specialist: Mr Luigi D’Alessandro
South-West Augusta-Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey , Manjimup, Nannup
  • Presiding Member: Mr Neil Foley
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr Matthew Young
  • Third Specialist: Mr Antony Ednie-Brown
Wheatbelt Beverley, Brookton, Bruce Rock, Chittering, Corrigin, Cuballing, Cunderdin, Dalwallinu, Dandaragan, Dowerin, Dumbleyung, Gingin, Goomalling, Kellerberrin, Kondinin, Koorda, Kulin, Lake Grace, Merredin, Moora, Mount Marshall, Mukinbudin, Narembeen, Narrogin (Shire), Narrogin (Town), Northam, Nungarin, Pingelly, Quairading, Tammin, Toodyay, Trayning, Victoria lains, Wagin, Wandering, West Arthur, Westonia, Wickepin, Williams, Wongan-Ballidu, Wyalkatchem, Yilgarn, York
  • Presiding Member: Mr David Gray
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Mr Robert Fenn
  • Third Specialist: Mr Terence Tyzack

Jurisdiction

The power of a DAP is limited to areas where there is a local planning scheme, region planning scheme or interim development order in place. DAPs have no power to determine applications under redevelopment or improvement schemes.

DAP Applications

There are three types of DAP applications, each determined by value thresholds

  1. Mandatory DAP Applications
    • DAP must determine application
    • Development outside the City of Perth with a value of $7 million or more
    • Development within the City of Perth with a value of $15 million or more
  2. ‘Opt In’ DAP Applications
    • Applicant can elect for DAP determination
    • Development outside the City of Perth with a value of more than $3 million and less than $7million
    • Development within the City of Perth with a value of more than $10 million and less than $15 million
  3. Delegated Applications
    • Application must be determined by DAP where local government or WAPC have delegated their power
    • Development outside the City of Perth with a value of more than $3 million and less than $7 million
    • Development within the City of Perth with a value of more than $10 million and less than $15 million

     

Excluded Applications

Construction of any or all of the following applications is excluded from DAP determination:

  • A single house;
  • Less than 10 grouped dwellings;
  • Less than 10 multiple dwellings;
  • Sheds, outbuildings; carports and any incidental development;
  • Development in an improvement scheme area; or
  • Development by a local government or Commission

DAP Fees

DAP fees are in addition to local government application fees, and are determined by the monetary threshold of the application being assessed.

Not less than $3 million and less than $7 million $3,376
Not less than $7 million and less than $10 million $5,213
Not less than $10 million and less than $12.5 million $5,672
Not less than $12.5 million and less than $15 million $5,834
Not less than $15 million and less than $17.5 million $5,996
Not less than $17.5 million and less than $20 million $6,158
$20 million or more $6,320

DAP Appeals

Appeals of any DAP decisions will be made to the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT), where DAP will be the respondent. This includes applications delegated to a DAP, and deemed refusal applications.

Outline of DAP Application Process

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DAP Application Process Outline

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Liaison with DAP Members & Attendance at Meetings

Applicants may make a request to brief DAP members on an application and engage in a site visit, however  contact with individual DAP members or lobbying in relation to existing or potential applications is not permitted. All requests for a briefing or site visit should be made through the DAP Secretariat at the Department of Planning, who will then direct the request to the Presiding Member.

All DAP meetings are open to the public, but should an applicant wish to make a presentation to the DAP they are required to complete a DAP Presentation Request Form. This must be forwarded to the DAP Secretariat at least 72 hours before the meeting is held.

More Information

Additional information on the topic of DAPs can be found on the WAPC website: