The involvement of local councillors on development assessment panels in South Australia has created costly and inefficient processes which fail to deliver certainty or guarantee professionalism in decision making and are holding back the state’s economy, a leader in the state’s property sector says.

Reiterating support for provisions currently included under new planning legislation which would remove local councillors from development assessment panels (DAPs), Property Council of Australia – SA Division Executive Director Daniel Gannon said experiences of delays, costs and frustration with council process were widespread. “Everyone has a story about a council…