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Council Assessment Panel

Council Assessment Panel (CAP) is established in accordance with the Terms and Reference and pursuant to section 56A (1) of the Development Act 1993 for the purposes of acting as the "relevant authority" under Part 4 of the Act.

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.

The Development Act 1993 requires all Councils in South Australia to establish a Council Assessment Panel (CAP) to act a a delegate of Council in accordance with the Act; to provide advice and reports to Council, as it thinks fit, in regard to trends, issues and other matters relating to planning and development; and, to perform other functions assigned to the panel by the Council.

The role of CAP is primarily to determine whether or not to grant Development Plan Consent under the Development Act 1993, and on the basis of Council's Development Plan applying at the time an application is lodged. In addition to its statutory requirements, CAP is able to provide advice to Council in regard to development trends and issues, Development Plan issues, assessment timelines and other matters that have become apparent through its assessment of applications.

Council cannot influence or overturn any decision made by the Council  Assessment Panel. It should be noted that all CAP Members are to fulfil their duties in accordance with the CAP Members Code of Conduct as implemented by the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act).

The Development Act 1993, has determined that all CAP's 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:

Mr John Petch (Presiding Member)
Mr Tim Rogers
Mr David Yates
Mr Ernst Jury
Cr Ned Wright

The Council Assessment Panel holds its meetings on every third Tuesday of the month at the District Council of Robe Chambers Smillie Street, Robe, commencing at 4.00 pm (unless otherwise stated).

The agenda closes on the Friday 2 weeks prior to the meeting.

What is CAP?

Council Assessment Panel Agendas and Minutes

The creation of CAP is to ensure that Council makes development decisions as a relevant planning authority pursuant to the Development Act 1993, having sole regard to the Council's authorised Development Plan and any referral advice to determine the merits of the proposal. The Local Government Act 1999, does not apply to the CAP. The Planning SA website contains further information regarding CAP's. Please be advised that CAP Members are unable to discuss issues surrounding an application outside of the designated CAP meeting times, unless formally organised through Council.

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