Planning Consent involves the assessment of a proposal against the provisions of the Development Plan for the council area. The purpose of this process is to ensure development that:
"Planners develop strategies and design the communities in which we live, work and play."
Balancing the built and natural environment, community needs, cultural significance, and economic sustainability, planners aim to improve our quality of life and create vibrant communities.
As well as assessing development proposals and devising policies to guide future development, planners work in areas as diverse as housing, energy, health, education, communications, leisure, tourism and transport. They create new and revitalise existing public spaces, conserve places of heritage and enhance community value.
DEVELOPMENT PLAN AMENDMENTS
Development Plans are regularly amended to reflect updated local council or State Government policy, introduce changes to zoning, or to implement a new vision for future development.
Policies contained within Council's Development Plan can only be changed through a formal, statutory Development Plan Amendment (DPA) process, which is prescribed in The Development Act 1993.
The statutory Development Plan Amendment process can be commenced by either Council or the State Minister for Urban Development and Planning. The Planning SA website contains further information regarding the DPA process.
DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT PANEL
The Development Act 1993 requires all Councils in South Australia to establish a Council Development Assessment Panel (CDAP) to act as a delegate of Council in accordance with the Act; to provide advice and reports to Council, as it thinks fit, in regard to trends, issues and other matters relating to planning and development; and, to perform other functions assigned to the panel by the Council.
The role of CDAP is primarily to determine whether or not to grant Development Plan Consent under The Development Act 1993 for various kinds of development. The CDAP makes their assessment in accordance with the requirements of The Development Act 1993, and on the basis of Council's Development Plan applying at the time an application is lodged. In addition to its statuary requirements, CDAP is able to provide advice to Council in regard to development trends and issues, Development Plan issues, assessment timelines and other matters that have become apparent through its assessment of applications.
Council cannot influence or overturn any decision made by the Council Development Assessment Panel. It should be noted that all CDAP Members are to fulfil their duties in accordance with the CDAP Members Code of Conduct, as implemented by The Development Act 1993.
The Development Act 1993, has determined that all CDAPs must be comprised of one independent presiding member, three independent members and three elected members. All Members of the CDAP have been appointed by Council.
Cr Ian Von Stanke
Cr Mark Lovett
Cr Christian Greco
Ms Elizabeth Travers (Presiding Member)
Ms Margaret Trotter
Ms Emily Finnigan
Mr Peter Seebohm
The Council Development Assessment Panel meets on every third Thursday of each month at the City of Mount Gambier Operational Services Conference Room, Level 1, 10 Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier, commencing at 5:45 p.m (unless otherwise determined).
OTHER LINKS AND FURTHER INFORMATION
Planning Institute of Australia
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Development Act 1993
Development Plan Amendments Process
Planning Strategy for Regional South Australia