Thursday, 13 October 2016
Mrs Faragher said the changes were a direct result of recent feedback from key stakeholders, including local governments, as well as suggestions made through the 2015 State Parliamentary inquiry.
"These changes are primarily administrative and will ensure the system remains flexible and responsive, while more clearly communicating DAP decisions to the public," she said.
"For instance, DAP agendas will be published at least seven days before a meeting, instead of the current five days, to provide more advance notice to the public.
"Local governments will also be required to contact each person who has provided a written submission to a development proposal in their area, to let them know when the relevant DAP meeting will take place.
"More information will be available around reasons for decisions, to ensure that the decision-making process is clearly communicated and can be better understood."
The Minister said DAPs had delivered an additional level of technical expertise to the State's planning system since their introduction in 2011.
"Like local councils, DAPs must make decisions based on a local government's planning scheme and policies," she said.
"They provide a level of certainty and confidence that decisions will be made on the basis of proper and orderly planning.
"The system has been comprehensively reviewed twice in the last five years and today's changes will ensure DAPs continue to provide the best planning outcomes possible for Western Australia."
Development Assessment Panel system amendments
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