The State Government is making changes to Western Australia’s Development Assessment Panel system.
Two initiatives of the Action Plan for Planning Reform focused specifically on reforms to improve the Development Assessment Panel (DAP) system:
Development Assessment Panels comprise a balance of local government and expert members to enhance planning expertise in determining development applications. The number of panels has been reduced from (9) to five (5) and will be further reduced to three (3) panels, and a new Special Matters DAP to consider complex development proposals.
Changes to the Planning and Development (Development Assessment Panels) Regulations 2011 are currently being scoped which will also include capacity to appoint permanent panel members.
Media statement - Planning reform delivers robust Development Assessment Panels (22 April 2020)
Draft Regulations for the changes proposed to the DAP system will be available for consultation in the coming months at https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au.
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