Hay & Olive Streets, Subiaco. Image: Devwest

Councils ramp up DAP protest

Community consternation over WA’s planning and approvals system for big projects is looming as a key state election issue.


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The DAP is undemocratic and should be abolished. It is totally pro development and is able to convene secret meetings with developers to negotiate and agree plans wihich affected residents can't attend and are unable to find out what was discussed. DAP has 3 members at hearings local government has 2 so it always has a majority. How is this an even playing field. Colin Barnettt introduced DAP and I plan to hurt him where it hurts - at the ballot box.

Perth WA
What is interesting to note - is that those Councils that are pushing for the removals of DAPS are also the LGA's that the Property Council Infill Committee (which I Chair) have identified as being the most resistant to infill. Could the two factors be linked do you think?

IMO Councils are on the whole looking out for the interests of their residents and ordinary property owners and have a genuine and justified concern that the applicable policies, planning scheme and other planning regulations are properly applied, that they are being subverted by DAP discretionary decision making and that regulatory capture has been achieved by the development industry. I consider there is a link between developers' profits and their and their lobbyists' zealously supporting DAPs and pushing infill no matter how excessive, outside the applicable guidelines and policies and how negatively impacting on amenity and neighbours. It is outrageous and should be unacceptable to any fair minded person that in a first world democracy, there are such discriminatory and unequal legal rights in the area of planning and development whereby Developer's can appeal to SAT while interested third parties cannot. This must be reformed. Donations by developers and the development industry directly and indirectly to political parties and candidates should also be outlawed, as it has been in NSW.

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