Development Assessment Panel

1. What is a Development Assessment Panel?

A Development Assessment Panel (DAP) is an independent decision-making body that determines certain development applications in the place of the original decision maker, such as local government and/or the Western Australian planning Commission (WAPC). DAPs comprise independent technical experts and elected local government representatives.

Applications received within the Shire of Murray are determined by the Metro Outer Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

The local government members rotate on and off the JDAP at a meeting, so that the JDAP application within each local government is represented by a relevant Council member.

2. Metro Outer JDAP

For applications received within the Shire the panel consists of:

  • Gene Koltasz - Presiding Member
  • Karen Hyde - Deputy Presiding Member
  • Jason Hick - Third Specialist Member
  • Cr David Bolt (Shire President) - Local Member
  • Cr Ange Rogers - Local Member

The following Alternate Members may attend DAP meeting in lieu of a Local Member:

  • Cr David Pike - Alternate Member
  • Cr Douglas McLarty (Deputy Shire President) - Alternate Member

3. DAP application types

There are three types of DAP applications:

Mandatory applications

Mandatory applications apply to a proposed development that has an estimated cost of $10 million or more and is not an Exempted Development (Note 1). A mandatory application must be determined by a DAP and cannot be determined by a local government or the WAPC.

(Note 1: Exempted Development means the construction of a single dwelling, fewer than 10 grouped dwellings or multiple dwellings, carports, patios, outbuildings or associated incidental development).

Optional applications

Optional applications apply to a proposed development that has an estimated construction cost between $2 million and $10 million in value. In this circumstance, the applicant may choose to use the DAP process or have their application determined by the Shire (and/or the WAPC, if applicable).

Amended or cancelled applications

There may be occasions where the DAP development approval which was granted will need to be amended in some way. For instance, following approval of a DAP application, an application may be made to the DAP seeking to:

  • extend the period in which the development has to be substantially commenced
  • amend or delete a condition of development
  • amend an aspect of the development, in a manner which does not substantially alter the development that was approved, or
  • cancel the approval.

For applications to amend or cancel an application, written justification must be provided outlining the reasons for the request in addition to normal information requirements. In this circumstance the applicant can elect for either the Shire or the DAP to determine the application.

4. Information requirements

All DAP applications are lodged with the Shire of Murray.

The following information is required to be submitted with a DAP application (or amended applications):

5. Current applications

Details of current DAP applications as well as meeting times and dates will be posted below:

Proposal: Child Care Premises
Address: Lot 99 James Street, Pinjarra
Officer: Cherryll Oldham
Meeting Date: TBA
Meeting Agenda: TBA

7. Additional information

For further information on development assessment panels, including procedures manuals and forms, visit the Development Assessment Panels website. Any enquiries can be made to the DAP Secretariat by phone (08) 6551 9000 or via email to daps@dplh.wa.gov.au.