Council Development Assessment Panel

Council Development Assessment Panel (CDAP) meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month.  Meetings generally start at 6.30pm and are held at 63 Mt Barker Road, Stirling or as otherwise determined by the Panel. 

Meetings may start earlier if necessary and special meetings may be held if required. Please therefore check the meeting agenda to see when and where the next CDAP meeting is to be held.

Council established the Development Assessment Panel pursuant to Section 56A of the Development Act, 1993. CDAP is an important committee of Council with responsibility for assessing a wide range of Development Applications such as new houses, land divisions, major commercial developments and changes in land uses. It has a very significant role in ensuring that new development proposals it considers are consistent with the Council's planning rule book - the Development Plan. The Panel considers about 5-7% of all applications received by the Council, with the remainder considered by staff under delegations.

The Panel consists of 3 Council Members and 4 Independent Specialist Members including an Independent Presiding Member, as follows:

  • Professor Stephen Hamnett (Independent Presiding Member)
  • Kathryn Bellette (Independent Member)
  • Simon Bradley (Independent Member)
  • Rob McBryde (Independent Member)
  • Cr Linda Green
  • Cr John Kemp
  • Cr Jan Loveday

Elected Members and Independent Members have been appointed for a two year term, ending 1 June 2019.

CDAP operates under Operating and Meeting Procedures, adopted by Council, which can be accessed here

Agendas & Minutes

Agenda and Reports for CDAP are posted on the website the Wednesday prior to the scheduled Tuesday meeting. Due to the requirements of Regulation 34 of the Development Regulations (2008), copies of the attachments can only be viewed at the Council's Service Centres.

Draft/unconfirmed minutes are posted by the Monday of the week after the scheduled meeting.

Agendas and Minutes of the forthcoming and previous CDAP meetings can be found here.

Code of Conduct

Members of the Panel are required to strictly adhere to the State Government's Code of Conduct

Pursuant to section 56A(23) of the Development Act 1993, Council has appointed Lachlan Miller, Executive Manager Governance & Risk, and Terry Crackett, Director Corporate Services, as the Public Officers for CDAP.   

The function of the Public Officer includes ensuring the proper investigation of complaints about the conduct of a member of CDAP.

Section 56A(23) does not prevent a person making a complaint to the Ombudsman at any time under the Ombudsman Act 1972 or the public officer referring a complaint to another person or authority for investigation or determination. 

Inability of CDAP Members to discuss Development Applications with Representors/Applicants/Members of the Public

Note Members of CDAP (including those who are Elected Members) cannot discuss development applications to be determined by CDAP with members of the public, representors or applicants.  This includes development applications on public notification.  To do so may result in a conflict of interest and inhibit the members' ability to act impartially and in an unbiased manner, as required by the Panel's Code of Conduct.  In such instances where a conflict of interest is declared, Panel members are required to excuse themselves from the meeting when the application is discussed and determined.

Lodging of Complaints about the conduct of a member of the Panel

If you wish to lodge a complaint regarding the conduct of a member(s) of CDAP, please refer to Council's CDAP Complaints Handling Policy, which outlines how to lodge a complaint and the process involved.  Complaints should be submitted in writing to the Public Officer: 

Executive Manager Governance & Risk or Director Corporate Services
PO Box 44
Woodside SA 5244

Telephone: (08) 8408 0522
Fax: (08) 8389 7440


Delegated Powers & Delegations Policy

The CDAP has delegated powers pursuant to the Development Act and Regulations 1993, as determined by Council. Refer to Council's Delegations Manual to view the current delegated powers of the Panel.

The types of applications which are to be referred to the Panel for consideration are those as outlined in the current Delegations Policy which has been prepared pursuant to Section 34(27) of the Development Act, 1993.

Presentation Procedure for Representors & Applicants

The Panel cannot hear representors where there is no requirement under the Development Act and Regulations to do so. If you did not lodge a written representation regarding a specific development application within the time prescribed by the Development Regulations, then you may not address the Panel. 

Representors or Applicants who are legally permitted to present to the Panel may do so either personally or through their nominated spokesperson (e.g. lawyers, planning consultants or other supporters).

The use of slides, maps, videos, in addition to written submissions is permitted. A copy of presentation material is required for Council's records. Please advise staff (Tel: 8408 0522) at least a day before the meeting of any audio visual requirements to facilitate the availability of resources. 

Representors will speak first followed by the applicant who will be invited to respond to the points made by the representors. Both representors and the applicant are permitted a total of 5 minutes each for their presentations, excluding time for questions from the Panel.

Presentations must be succinct, avoid repetition and focus on key points, remembering that the members of the Panel have a copy of your submission.

Further information can be found in the CDAP Presentation Procedures.

If the Panel defers consideration of an application to a future meeting, representors who were heard in support of their representation will not be given another opportunity to address the Panel.  However, the Applicant, who has also previously addressed the Panel, may be asked additional questions by the Panel in relation to the application.