Development Assessment Panels

About Development Asessment Panels (DAPs)

Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) help improve planning expertise in decision-making by balancing technical advice and local knowledge. The City of Melville operates under the jurisdiction of a Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel. 

There are a number of DAPs established across various areas of the State, each consisting of five panel members - three being specialist members and two local government councillors.

For more information about DAPs visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Mandatory Applications

Where proposed developments have an estimated cost of construction of $10 million or more, the planning applications must be determined by the DAP.

This excludes the following types of applications:

  • A single house and any associated carport, patio, outbuilding and incidental development
  • Applications for less than 10 grouped or multiple dwellings and any associated carport, outbuilding and incidental development
  • Developments being undertaken by a local government or the Western Australian Planning Commission.

Optional Applications

Where estimated construction cost of a development is between $2 to10 million, applicants can opt to have their submission determined by the DAP. If they do not elect to have the DAP determine the application, the City of Melville is the determining authority for the application.

This excludes the following types of applications:

  • A single house and any associated carport, patio, outbuilding and incidental development
  • Applications for less than 10 grouped or multiple dwellings and any associated carport, patio, outbuilding and incidental development
  • Developments being undertaken by a local government or the Western Australian Planning Commission.

Panel Process

Pre-Lodgement

The City of Melville operates a pre-lodgement process for DAP applications.

To speak with a Senior Planning Officer and discuss a preliminary proposal please contact us.

The Officer will undertake a pre-lodgement assessment of the proposal against the requirements of the Local Planning Scheme, Activity Centre Plans (where relevant), the Residential Design Codes and Council Policy.

The preliminary proposal will also be referred to the City’s Architectural and Urban Design Advisory Panel for review and comment. This is free of charge.

The applicant and architect are expected to attend the panel meeting to answer questions by the Panel. Comments provided by the Panel are expected to be integrated into the proposal.

Formal Lodgement

DAP applications are to be formally lodged in person to the City of Melville.

There are two types of DAP applications:

  • Form 1 applications are new development proposals
  • Form 2 applications are for amendments to approved Form 1 applications

To speak with a Senior Planning Officer and arrange a time to lodge the application please contact us.

Applications are to be lodged in digital format only. All information is required to be provided on CD or USB.

Only one hard copy of the appropriate DAP Form (Form 1 or Form 2) is required for signing by the City of Melville Officer at the time of lodgement.

The City's Planning Application Information Requirements Checklist (PDF) outlines the information required to be lodged as part of an application.

All information is required to be submitted at the time of formal lodgement. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Where an application is found to be missing information after formal lodgement, the application will be placed on hold with the DAP until all required information is received.

Assessment

Upon formal lodgement of the application, the City of Melville refers the application to the DAP for their information.

Meanwhile, DAP applications are referred to the City's Design Review Panel for comment. The applicant (including the architect) are invited to attend the meeting. The Panel may ask questions of the applicant and architect prior to providing comment and feedback. (This is a private event, not open to the public).

A summary of the outcome of this Panel meeting is provided to the applicant. Amendments outlined by the Panel are expected to be integrated into the proposal.

During assessment of the application, the proposal may be referred to relevant external authorities for comment (ie Main Roads WA, Swan River Trust etc) where required. Comments may also be sought from internal departments where required.

The application is assessed against the following documents:

  • City of Melville Local Planning Scheme No. 6
  • Residential Design Codes (State Planning Policy 3.1) – where residential development is proposed
  • Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015
  • Relevant Local Planning Policies.

Neighbour consultation is undertaken where required in accordance with Local Planning Policy LPP1.1 Planning Process and Decision Making (PDF).

Decision

The applicant and owner will be invited to a DAP meeting.

Where external submissions were sought and received, submitters will also be invited by the local government to attend the meeting.

Applicant, owner and submitters will be notified by the City of Melville in writing of the outcome of the meeting.

Where an applicant or owner is aggrieved by a decision of the DAP (including in relation to a condition of approval) they are to apply to the State Administrative Tribunal within 28 days of the decision.

There are no third party appeal rights in Western Australia.

Current Applications

The following DAP applications are currently under assessment:

ReferencePropertyDescriptionStatus
DAP-2017-82112 Matheson Road, ApplecrossThree Storey Multiple Dwelling Development (12 Units)To be determined at the Metro Central JDAP to be held on 9 August 2018

To request to speak to the officer assessing the application where an application is currently undergoing Community Consultation, please contact us.

 

Further Information

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website provides:

Visit Future Vision for details on development hubs within the City of Melville.

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