Western Australia’s planning system is in the worst possible state it could be.
In 2009 the Department of Planning made a list of promises promoting the Development Assessment Panels (DAP) as the key to simplifying and streamlining development applications in Western Australia. See this link for more information:
On 1 July 2011 the DAP commenced its service to developers with many outrageous developments approved within the first three years of operation.
In 2015, the Government decided review the DAP. Submissions were received from communities, lawyers, planners and other government organisations. This link is to a submission from the LGPA who questioned the justification for the DAP and its failure to meet its original objectives:
The Planning system uses experts, usually linked to developers, to approve any development using the powers of the Development Assessment Panels (DAP), WA Planning Commission (WAPC), Metropolitan Regional Authority (MRA), Royalties for Regions (R4R), and the developer’s “approval of last resort”, the Minister or the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).