Council Assessment Panel

​Due to COVID-19 restrictions for public gatherings, Council Assessment Panel (CAP) meetings will also be held by electronic means effective 11 August 2021, utilising a software platform called Zoom.

CAP Meetings will be conducted in virtual meeting rooms and these will be live streamed.

There is a Special CAP Meeting Webinar, which will be accessible to the public from 6.15pm for a 6.30pm commencement on Thursday 30 June 2022.  Please click the link to join the 30 June 2022 webinar:

Webinar ID:  814 2616 7273

Passcode:  158532


An overview of the Council Assessment Panel
Agendas and Minutes
Meeting procedures
Code of Conduct
Lodging complaints about the conduct of a member of the Panel
Assessment Manager
Delegated Powers and Delegation Policy

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Council Assessment Panel (CAP)
meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings generally start at 6.30pm and will be held in the Zoom virtual meeting room, or as otherwise determined by the Panel.  Details of the link for the virtual meeting room will be placed on this webpage leading up to each meeting.

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 CAP meeting is to be held.

The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) was assented to by the Governor on 21 April 2016 after the passage through Parliament. It is being implemented over five years with the Act being brought into operation in stages. One of the first stages of the implementation of the PDI Act is the requirement for the establishment of new CAPs under Section 83 of the PDI Act and the appointment of Assessment Managers to manage staff and the operations of the CAPs.

Council established the new CAP pursuant to Sections 82 and 83 of the PDI Act on 26 April 2022. This CAP replaces the previous Council Assessment Panel.

The CAP considers certain types of development applications which generally include major commercial, industrial and residential developments and land divisions in accordance with the current Delegations Policy which has been prepared pursuant to Section 34(27) of the Development Act, 1993.  Such applications increase economic development opportunities and activities in the district and are rigorously assessed in order to minimise negative impacts on the character, amenity and natural environment of the area in which they are situated. 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 a total of five members, of which one is a Council Member and four are Independent Specialist Members, as follows:

  • Geoff Parsons (Independent Presiding Member)
  • Ross Bateup (Independent Member)
  • Paul Mickan (Independent Member)
  • Myles Somers (Independent Member)
  • Cr John Kemp

Independent Members have been appointed for a term ending 31 May 2024, subject to them achieving the required accreditation under the PDI Act. Councillor Kemp's appointment has been extended to the end of the Council term.

Council has adopted Terms of Reference for the Council Assessment Panel - please click here to view.

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Agenda and Reports for CAP are posted on the website the Thursday prior to the scheduled Wednesday meeting. 

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

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

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The PDI (General) (Assessment Panels) Variation Regulations 2017, effective 1 October 2017, prescribe the basic meeting procedures for CAPs which are similar to those meeting procedures prescribed under Section 56A of the Development Act, 1993. The CAP adopted a revised set of Meeting Procedures on 10 March 2021.

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Pursuant to Schedule 3 of the PDI Act, the Minister adopted a Code of Conduct to be observed by members of an Assessment Panel established under the PDI Act. This sets out standards of conduct and professionalism to be observed by all members of assessment panels.  A key requirement is that all members of assessment panels carry out their functions with high ethical standards to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the development assessment process.

The Code of Conduct is considered to be the key tool to ensure Panel Members act honestly and ethically with a high degree of accountability. The Code replaces the Minister's Code of Conduct established pursuant to Section 21 of the Development Act, 1993 (Existing Code).

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. 

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Under the PDI Act, all complaints about the conduct of an Assessment Panel Member will no longer be lodged with the relevant council but will now be required to be lodged with the State Planning Commission for investigation.

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An Assessment Panel must have an Assessment Manager who is appointed by the CEO of Council pursuant to Section 87(d)(ii) of the PDI Act. The role of the Assessment Manager under the current operational provisions of the PDI Act is limited to managing the CAP and development assessment staff and resources. The Assessment Manager is responsible to the CEO for this role. The Council has appointed the Manager Development Services, Ms Deryn Atkinson, to this role.  

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The CAP 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.

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Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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