Development Decision Process
How will a decision be made?
The Council is responsible for ensuring a prompt decision on development applications, and is available to assist and advise with the following:
- an initial assessment of the proposal to determine the category and explanation of the approval process;
- how to complete your application form, what fees need to be paid, and what information you need to provide to support your application;
- whether the Council will notify neighbours and ask for their comments about your application (for developments which may have an impact on others);
- the best way to shape your application for a positive outcome
Council decides whether proposals are suitable in terms of the Development Plan. The assessment of any application must be made on the basis of the planning policies contained in the plan. The assessment process is guided by the content and substance of the planning policies.
However, a Development Plan Consent cannot be granted if the authority believes that the proposal is 'seriously at variance' with the plan's policies.
Delegated approval by officers can occur upon satisfactorily meeting policy criteria and not receiving any objections as a result of public notification.
Development Assessment Panel (DAP) Approval
Applications will be referred to the Development Assessment Panel for a decision if policy criteria are not satisfied and/or objections have been received.
How are Elected Members involved in decisions?
If policy is not met, or objection(s) are received, then the Development Assessment Panel decides the application. The Development Assessment Panel is the ultimate decision maker with the power of discretion, and accordingly you should take the opportunity to make a personal presentation of your arguments at the Development Assessment Panel meeting.
Development Assessment Panel
The City of Mitcham's Development Assessment Panel:
- comprises of three Elected Members and four Independent Members who sit as the Panel;
- is a public forum and has the role of hearing representations from the community, assessing and determining development applications;
- meets at 6.30 pm on the 1st Thursday of each month.
Hearing of Submissions By The Panel
- those items/reports for which there are members of the public wishing to speak will be dealt with and heard by the Panel in the order of the agenda;
- objectors will be heard first with the applicant (or their representative) heard last;
- each person has three (3) minutes to make their presentation to the Panel;
- at the conclusion of a presentation questions may be asked by the Panel members; the presenter is then asked to rejoin the Public Gallery;
- after all the presentations for the particular item are heard, the Panel will debate that item to enable those in the Public Gallery to know what the decision is.
Regarding the Building Rules assessment, the requirements of the Building Code and/or relevant legislation must be met.