About the Development Assessment Panel

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

The majority of development decisions are made by the Council but in some cases it may be necessary to refer the issue to the DAP.

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

The DAP is a separate body to Council and is required under the Development Act 1993.


Panel members

As required by the Development Act 1993, the DAP consists of seven members including:

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


Appointing DAP members

All members are appointed by Council.

The skills and experience required by the specialist members is not specified in the Act.

Council has a Membership Guideline listing the types of qualifications and experience relevant to the activities of the Panel.


Term of DAP membership

Members of the panel serve a two year term. Membership is effective from 1 January 2017 for the period to 31 December 2018.

Our Chief Executive Officer is the Public Officer of the Development Assessment Panel.


Current DAP members

  • Dr Donna Ferretti (Presiding Member)

  • Cr Graham Nitschke

  • Cr Tony Polito

  • Cr George Demetriou

  • Wayne Stokes

  • Jane Strange

  • Colleen Dunn

Independent Development Assessment Panel member profiles.



The DAP 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 Development Act 1993.

View the terms of reference for the Development Assessment Panel pdf (135KB) .



The DAP 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.


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 Development Assessment Panel (DAP)
  • a Regional DAP.

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

The Act requires that the City of West Torrens publish its delegation policy explaining why decisions are delegated and on what basis.


Meeting dates 2017

View the DAP meeting dates


Agendas and minutes

View the agendas and minutes for the Development Assessment Panel.


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

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