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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 Assessment Panel (CAP) and that ensured that the Panel had independence from Council.

The CAP consists of four members, three of whom are independent of the Council, with one being the Presiding Member, and one Council elected member.

The CAP members are as follows:

Independent Members:       Council Member: 

Mr Bruce Ballantyne (Presiding Member)
Mr Ralph Semrau
Mr Graham MacInnes

     Cr Debbie Hibbert  

The principal role of the CAP 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 CAP 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 CAP members can not be party to discussing development proposals with prospective applicants, or undertake site inspections, until the proposed development has appeared on a CAP meeting Agenda and then, not until the CAP meeting has commenced.

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

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

Consequently, the 'lobbying' of CAP 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

CDAP Agenda and Minutes

February 20 2019
.pdf DAP Agenda 20 Feb 2019 Agenda
.pdf CAP Minutes 20-2-19 Minutes
January 29 2019
.pdf DAP Agenda 29th Jan 2019 Agenda
.pdf CAP Minutes 29-1-19 Minutes

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