Council Assessment Panel

Pursuant to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act, the Council has established a Council Assessment Panel (CAP).

The CAP considers a wide range of development applications, ensuring that new development proposals are consistent with the Council's Development Plan.

The CAP considers about 5% of all applications received by Council with the remainder considered by staff under delegations.

Please note: Prior to 1 October 2017, the Council Assessment Panel (CAP) was known as the Development Assessment Panel (DAP).


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The Council Assessment Panel (CAP) meetings are held in the Council Administration building at 245 Sturt Road, Sturt.

At its inaugural meeting on 1 November 2017, the CAP resolved that meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of every month (except in January, a meeting will be held on the third Wednesday of the month).

Meetings will ordinarily commence at 6.30pm at the Council’s administration building, 245 Sturt Road, Sturt. Occasionally, meetings will commence at 7.00pm due to site visit/s conducted prior to the meeting. In such instances, all persons invited to attend the meeting will be notified of the delayed commencement. Meeting times are also identified on the cover page of the meeting Agenda found below.


Agendas and minutes

March 7 2018
.pdf CAP 070318 - Agenda - Reports Agenda
.pdf CAP 070318 - Minutes Minutes
February 7 2018
.pdf CAP 070218 - Agenda Reports Agenda
.pdf CAP 070218 - Minutes Minutes
January 17 2018
.pdf CAP 170118 - Agenda - Reports Agenda
.pdf CAP 170118 - Minutes Minutes

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About the CAP

The CAP comprises five members; one elected member and four community members with particular expertise in planning matters.

The task of a panel is to assess proposed development against the Development Plan, which sets out the planning policies applicable to the council area. In doing so, the panel weighs up the "pros and cons" of an application. This involves a judgement based on whether a development satisfies, or is at variance with the policies set out in the Development Plan.

A panel cannot grant planning consent if it believes that the proposed development is seriously at variance with the Development Plan. On the other hand, it is unlikely that a proposal will satisfy all policies in the Development Plan and the panel must therefore determine, on balance, if a development should be approved.

The CAP is presented with a report on every application to be considered. Each report assesses the proposal against the provisions of the Development Plan and includes documentation from the applicant (or their consultant) and copies of representations lodged in respect to the application being considered. Those reports are available to view at council's administration office, council libraries or below under "Agendas and Minutes" on the Monday prior to the meeting.

In respect of any matter that is before the panel or likely to be considered by the panel, members of the Council Assessment Panel are not permitted to discuss, comment or express an opinion upon the merits of that matter with applicants, representors, members of the public or government agencies.


Meeting procedure

The panel meetings operate on the following basis:


CAP Charter


DAP agendas and minutes

Prior to 1 October 2017, the Council Assessment Panel (CAP) was known as the Development Assessment Panel (DAP).

To view agendas and minutes from the DAP, please visit DAP agendas & minutes 2014-2017.



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