About the Council Assessment Panel

The Council Assessment Panel (CAP) makes decisions on development applications delegated to it by Council.

The majority of development decisions are delegated to the Council's Administration but in some cases it may be necessary to refer the issue to the CAP.

Generally only a small percentage of development applications are considered by the CAP.

The CAP is a separate body to Council and is required under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

In accordance with the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, Council appointed the current Council Assessment Panel to replace the previous Development Assessment Panel from 1 October 2017.

 

Appointing CAP members

All members are appointed by Council.

As required by the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, the current CAP appointed by the Council consists of five members including:

  • a specialist/independent presiding member (who is not a member or staff of the City of West Torrens)
  • three other specialist/independent members who are not members or staff of the City of West Torrens
  • one elected City of West Torrens member.

 

Term of CAP membership

Members of the current panel have been appointed by the Council to serve a fixed term. Membership is effective from 1 October 2017 for the period to 30 December 2018.

 

Current CAP members

  • Dr Donna Ferretti (Presiding Member)

  • Cr Graham Nitschke

  • Wayne Stokes

  • Jane Strange

  • Colleen Dunn

Independent Council Assessment Panel member profiles.

 

Operations

The CAP operates separately from the City of West Torrens with its own procedures and terms of reference.

It is responsible for making decisions delegated by Council under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

View the terms of reference for the Council Assessment Panel pdf (222KB).

 

Responsibilities

The CAP is responsible for making decisions on matters referred to it by Council in relation to:

  • development assessments
  • any other legislation relating to developments to be undertaken within the West Torrens council area.

Members of the Council Assessment Panel are required to observe a code of conduct adopted by the Minister for Planning. This code of conduct sets out standards of conduct and professionalism that are to be observed by all members of assessment panels under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

View the Code of Conduct

 

What Council must do

As a planning authority Council must delegate the decision making process for Development Plan consent to:

  • a delegated officer
  • Council's Assessment Panel (CAP)
  • a Regional Assessment Panel.

Delegated decisions may be further sub-delegated but cannot be delegated back to the City of West Torrens.

The City of West Torrens publishes its delegation policy explaining why decisions are delegated and on what basis.

 

Meeting dates 2017

View the CAP meeting dates

 

Agendas and minutes

View the agendas and minutes for the Council Assessment Panel.

 

Note: Plans contained in Agendas are subject to copyright and they should not be copied without authorisation.

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