DAP Affected: Ascot Waters

Ascot Waters’ residents are up against their council’s plans sell council-owned land and develop 52 Grandstand Road, Ascot using the DAP approvals process to get any outrageous development approved.

#ScraptheDAP has always been about communities, not councils.  In fact some councils relish the idea of having the to DAP to blame when elections come around.

The DAP are unelected and protected by legislation from the Minister for Planning who is powerless to overturn any DAP decision on behalf of communities.  If a council makes a wrong decision, the Minister will step in and overturn it or approve something else in its place.  The DAP are untouchable except through the Supreme Court, a very costly complaints avenue.

There are more than 15 councils who have passed a motion to “advocate for the abolition of the DAP” in support of DAP Affected Communities.

Ascot Waters brings the total number of DAP Affected Communities to 48.

Ascot Waters, Southern Gazette Community Newspapers, 9 8 16, p. 1
Ascot Waters, Southern Gazette Community Newspapers, 9 8 16, p. 1


Ascot Waters, p. 3
Ascot Waters, p. 3


DAP Affected: Ascot

Ascot has an area zoned R10 Residential and Stables.  This means lots are generally around 1/4 acre, and used for single dwellings and stabling of racehorses. It is a Class-A heritage area.

Residents located in this area are adjacent to the Mixed Use zone along the Great Eastern Highway.  The residents have recently fought an application for a 9-storey serviced apartment complex at 264 Great Eastern Highway.   This application went to the MCJDAP, and was initially postponed because the two most affected residential properties were not consulted at all.  An affected resident was only told of the JDAP meeting 4 hours before it happened!

The developer immediately took the matter to SAT for running out of time for a JDAP decision, then SAT sent it back to the JDAP where it was refused on the basis that the traffic impact report used data more than a decade old and from a different suburb (!!). The matter went back to the SAT where the JDAP was again invited to reconsider, and it was approved 3-2.

Unfortunately, the City of Belmont supported the application despite numerous serious issues, but both Councillors spoke strongly against it. The issues with this approval are extensive, but in a nutshell the serious problems are:

  • a 9-storey tall brick wall 2m from a house in a heritage area on land zoned for maximum single dwellings and horse husbandry.
  • Racehorses living next to 24/7 high-rise serviced apartment activities.
  • The concrete box of a 2-storey carpark will be taller than the houses beside it!
  • The parking, building height and setbacks are all deficient against the applicable r-codes for the development type under the LPS.
  • The surrounding streets will not be able to handle the traffic impact when considered in context with other surrounding developments, and the driveway for this 112-unit development is less than 30m from the intersection of Epsom Ave and Great Eastern Highway – which is the only westbound exit point for the entire horse and stable area (200+ properties

DAP Affected Communities note the SAT is being used by applicants to undertake negotiations in secret with the DAP to mediate an outcome, to approve a development under section 31 of the SAT Act 2004.  Ref. article: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/cocacola-steps-in-to-help-in-fight-to-stop-waste-factory–in-kewdale-20160627-gpsz17.html

DAP Affected Communities believe this development approvals system (DAP/SAT) requires political intervention.


DAP Affected: Kewdale

Emma Young of WA Today is on the trail looking for other DAP Affected Community.

This Community written about by Emma is the industrial precinct of Kewdale, where the DAP were asked to approve a “Noxious (Waste Storage Facility)” in a prohibited area zoned for industrial use.  The DAP have supported the recommendation by Belmont Council, businesses and residents to refuse the application, but you guessed it, the applicant has appealed the decision at the SAT.

The SAT is a proven path to take to get anything approved.  The SAT can use a Section 31    to have the DAP and the applicant mediate an outcome in secret, then send it back to the DAP for approval.  This path has worked on many occasion for developers.

Here’s more of the story here:

In a twist on the usual story of Perth councils fighting controversial developments, Coca-Cola Amatil has thrown its hat in the ring to oppose a Kewdale waste facility.

Cleanaway has applied to build a waste storage facility in Belmont, WA, and the City of Belmont recommended the local development assessment panel knock it back because as a “noxious industry” it was a prohibited use in that industrial zone.

Read Emma’s report here:  http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/cocacola-steps-in-to-help-in-fight-to-stop-waste-factory–in-kewdale-20160627-gpsz17.html

Councils vote to Abolish the DAP

DAP affected communities are supporting their local councils to move an in principle motion to ABOLISH THE DAP.

Mayor John Carey and Cr Julie Matheson spoke to ABC News about the current DAP system.

So far the following Councils are proposing motions similar to Mayor Carey’s of the City of Vincent:

  1. Vincent – motion passed
  2. Mosman Park – motion passed
  3. Nedlands – motion passed
  4. Cambridge – motion passed
  5. Subiaco – motion passed
  6. Stirling – motion passed
  7. Bayswater – motion passed
  8. South Perth – motion passed
  9. Belmont – motion passed
  10. Cottesloe – motion passed
  11. Claremont – motion passed
  12. Swan – working on it
  13. Peppermint Grove – motion passed
  14. Gosnells – working on it
  15. Kalamunda – working on it
  16. Melville – motion passed
  17. Cockburn – working on it
  18. Kwinana – working on it
  19. Victoria Park – motion passed
  20. Fremantle – working on it
  21. East Fremantle – motion passed
  22. Mundaring – 2009 early adopter of a motion against the DAP
  23. Serpentine-Jarrahdale – motion passed
  24. Shire of Pingelly – motion passed 17 August 2016

If you are a DAP affected community, now is a great opportunity to speak to your elected council members and request your council’s support and vote for the abolition of the current DAP process.

And if you think a change of government will abolish the DAP, think again.  Labor under the leadership of Mark McGowan has just supported City of Perth Bill in collaboration with the current government.

DAP has bi-partisan support.  It’s up to our councils to make a stand on the DAP.