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Council Assessment Panel

The State Government enacted changes to the Development Act 1993 which came into effect in February 2007, that created the Council Development Assessment Panel (CDAP) and that ensured that the Panel had independence from Council.

The CDAP consists of five members, three of whom are independent of the Council, with one being the Presiding Member, and two Council elected members.

The CDAP members are as follows:

Independent Members:       Council Members: 

Mr Bruce Ballantyne (Presiding Member)
Dr Susan Shannon
Mr Neil Purdam

     Mr Peter Dunn
     Mr John Neal 

The principal role of the CDAP is to consider and assess development applications that are referred to it.

The bulk of development applications lodged with Council are dealt with by the Council Planner and Building Surveyor under delegated authority.

The CDAP generally deals with development applications that involve public notification as part of their assessment process - piggeries, feedlots, wind farms and the like.

Interestingly, and most significantly, in accordance with their Code of Ethics, the CDAP members can not be party to discussing development proposals with prospective applicants, or undertake site inspections, until the proposed development has appeared on a CDAP meeting Agenda and then, not until the CDAP meeting has commenced.

If a prospective developer contacts a CDAP member, the CDAP member will immediately refer the developer to the Planner and will advise the CDAP meeting, at the next opportunity, of that contact.

Depending on the nature of the contact, the CDAP member may be precluded from any discussion relating to that development and take no part in the decision making process.

Consequently, the 'lobbying' of CDAP members by prospective developers will invariably have the reverse effect!


Copies of the Panel Agendas and Minutes are available from the Council's Burra and Eudunda offices or online below

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