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 more complex applications 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.

Council has also appointed a deputy independent member (who is not a member or staff of the City of West Torrens) to act as a proxy for specialist/independent members.

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

  • Colleen Dunn (Presiding Member)

  • Cr Graham Nitschke

  • Jane Strange

  • Andreea Caddy

  • Chris Menz

Independent Council Assessment Panel member profiles.



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).



On 12 November 2017 the CAP resolved to adopt the City of West Torrens' Procedures at CAP Meetings, these Meeting Procedures are reviewed annually.

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 Procedures at Council Assessment Panel Meetings



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.

Please note that CAP members are not able to discuss any application that may be considered by the CAP with an applicant or representor. This is a requirement of the Code of Conduct.

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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