About the Council Assessment Panel
The Council Assessment Panel (CAP) is an autonomous planning authority appointed by Council to make decisions on development applications in accordance with the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.
The majority of development decisions are delegated to the Council's Administration but in some cases it may be necessary to refer more complex applications to the CAP. Generally only a small percentage of development applications are considered by the CAP.
The CAP was previously known as the Development Assessment Panel (DAP).
The City of West Torrens Council Assessment Panel meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 5pm in the Civic Centre, 165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton. View the CAP meeting dates.
The public and media are welcome at meetings, however there are general protocols for those wishing to observe the proceedings. Members of the gallery cannot take part in debate at meetings, do not need to stay for the entire meeting and may leave quietly at any time.
On occasions parts of the meeting may be closed to the public, when matters of a confidential nature are being discussed.
The CAP operates with its own terms of reference and meeting procedures. The Procedures stipulate certain procedures to be observed at or undertaken during meetings of the CAP. The CAP may, at any time by resolution, alter or substitute these Meeting Procedures.
View the terms of reference for the Council Assessment Panel.
View the Procedures at Council Assessment Panel Meetings.
Agendas and minutes
The CAP agenda will be available for public inspection at least five clear days before the date of the meeting and the CAP Minutes within five business days after the meeting, in hard copy at the Civic Centre and Hamra Centre Library as well as our website, except when a notice pursuant to section 302B of the Act amends this requirement.
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. Please be advised the agenda is only available for viewing and printing is not possible.
Current CAP members
The Panel consists of one Elected Member and four independent members. The deputy members are appointed to act as a proxy for members if they are unable to attend a CAP meeting.
The current CAP has been appointed until 31 December 2022.
The current CAP members are:
Shanti Ditter (Presiding Member)
Shanti Ditter is the Executive Manager of Planning Aspects, an independent town planning consultancy, after holding previous positions managing planning departments at the Cities of Adelaide, Holdfast Bay, Port Adelaide Enfield and previous experience in the private sector and State Government. Shanti is a Registered Planner and a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.
Shanti holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Urban and Social Geography, Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master Environmental Law and has served terms as Presiding Member of the City of Unley Council Assessment Panel, City of Adelaide Development Assessment Panel and Flinders Ranges Regional Assessment Panel. She has also previously been a member on the Development Policy Advisory Committee and Local Heritage Advisory Committee.
Jane Strange (Independent Member / Deputy Presiding Member)
Jane Strange recognises that South Australia is undergoing an exciting period of change for the urban planning profession. Her passion is to achieve great urban design outcomes and liveable communities for the future, having worked at both metropolitan and regional councils. She recognises that it is essential to acknowledge the impact of development on the amenity of an area and its relevance to strategic directions.
Currently the State Manager, South Australia for the Planning Institute of Australia, Jane has held senior planning positions at Town of Gawler, Adelaide Plains Council and City of Playford. With qualifications in urban and regional planning and accounting, her roles have covered both strategic policy and assessment of major developments in greenfields and infill areas and also coastal and primary production areas.
Kon Corolis (Independent Member)
Kon Corolis is the Director, Capital Projects and Facilities Management at the University of Adelaide. In previous roles he has successfully delivered major and minor projects of varied complexity from initiation, site planning, construction to completion / handover and has a comprehensive understanding of the project life cycle and statutory approval process. He has also previously worked as a building surveyor and building designer.
Kon has a Bachelor of Building with Honours (Major: Building Surveying), Associate Diploma Built Environment (Major: Architectural Drafting), Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and Advanced Diploma of Project Management. Kon was previously a long-term resident of West Torrens.
Michael Arman (Independent Member)
Michael Arman is an experienced project manager and policy analyst. With more than 10 years professional experience and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning with first class honours, his expertise lies in the intersection of urban and regional planning with strategic priorities such as climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, housing affordability and community well-being.
Michael is currently employed as Director, Strategy with the Local Government Association of South Australia. He previously held senior roles with Australian Red Cross Emergency Services and urban and regional planning consultancy URPS. Michael also spent two years working in the Philippines strengthening local government capability in urban planning and disaster risk reduction. He is a resident of West Torrens.
Jim Gronthos (Deputy Independent Member)
Jim Gronthos is the Senior Policy Planner at the City of Charles Sturt and has more than 25 years' experience in planning. He has worked in all areas of the profession including strategic and policy planning, development assessment and urban design projects. He has extensive experience with the planning and development challenges and opportunities in the westerns suburbs of Adelaide, having previously worked for the Cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion, Port Adelaide Enfield and Onkaparinga.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Town Planning and a Graduate Diploma in Regional and Urban Planning. He is a long-term resident of West Torrens.
Graham Nitschke (Council Member)
Graham Nitschke is a Councillor for Thebarton Ward with the City of West Torrens. He was first elected in 2014 and has been a member of the City of West Torrens Council Assessment Panel (previously the Development Assessment Panel) during that time.
He has recently retired from the Department of Human Services with experience in Information Technology and Occupational Health and Safety.
Graham is passionate about improving the local community by the use of sustainable and innovative development, retaining local heritage and improving community facilities and green open space.
Jassmine Wood (Deputy Council Member)
Jassmine Wood is currently serving as Airport Ward Councillor with the City of West Torrens following four years as a Councillor at the City of Charles Sturt, all four of those years as Chair of Audit Committee. During 2020, Jassmine was the Council Member on the City of West Torrens Council Assessment Panel. Jassmine currently owns and operates her own small business, specialising in water solutions.
Jassmine holds a Bachelor of Marketing with a major in Communications from the University of SA and has served on the Board of St Hilarion Aged Care.
All communication to Panel Members and to the CAP are to be made to the Assessment Manager, Hannah Bateman, Manager City Development at the City of West Torrens (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Review of Decision of Assessment Manager
An applicant may apply to the CAP for a review of a prescribed matter after the decision has been made by the Assessment Manager. This review process only applies to development applications made to an assessment manager acting as a relevant authority. The CAP have adopted the Review of Decision of Assessment Manager Policy to guide this process.
A prescribed matter is:
(a) any assessment, request, decision, direction or act of a relevant authority under this Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 that is relevant to any aspect of the determination of the application; or
(b) a decision to refuse to grant the authorisation; or
(c) the imposition of conditions in relation to the authorisation; or
(d) subject to any exclusion prescribed by the regulations, any other assessment, request, decision, direction or act of a relevant authority under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 in relation to the authorisation.
How to apply
An application for a review must be accompanied by a completed application form and review application fee.
Code of conduct and complaints
Members of the Council Assessment Panel are required to observe a code of conduct adopted by the Minister for Planning. This code sets out standards of conduct and professionalism that are to be observed by all members of assessment panels. View the Code of Conduct.
Please note that it is a requirement of the code that CAP members do not discuss any application that may be considered by the CAP with an applicant or representor.
Any complaints in relation to the actions of the Council Assessment Panel should be addressed to the State Planning Commission:
GPO Box 1815, ADELAIDE SA 5001 or via the State Planning Commission website.