The Council Assessment Panel came into effect in 2017 as part of the transition from the Development Act 1993 to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (PDI) Act 2016. The PDI Act 2016 requires all Councils to establish a local Council Assessment Panel (CAP) to act as a delegate of Council in accordance with the Act. This includes (with discretion) to provide advice and reports to Council on trends and issues as well as other matters relating to planning and development; and, to perform other functions assigned to the panel by the Council.
The main object of the Panel is to effectively and efficiently assess and determine as the delegate of the council applications for Development Approval where Council is the “Relevant Authority” in under the Act, as amended.
Council cannot influence or overturn any decision made by the Council Assessment Panel.
The PDI Act 2016, determined that all CAPs must be comprised of one Independent Presiding Member, three Independent Members and one Elected Member. All members of the CAP have been appointed by Council. Currently, the CAP Members are:
- Rodney Button (Presiding Member)
- Deb Agnew
- Susan Hadley
- Cr Jeffrey Cook
The Council Assessment Panel meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 9:30am (unless otherwise publicised). Copies of the agendas and minutes are available here.