Two initiatives of the Action Plan for Planning Reform focused specifically on reforms to improve the Development Assessment Panel (DAP) system:
- Development Assessment Panel (DAP) processes are more consistent and transparent.
- Development assessment processes are streamlined and outcomes-focussed.
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.
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.