Presiding Member (Independent Chairperson) - Council Assessment Panel

Applications closing on 17 July 2020, 05:00PM

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The City of Burnside is one of Adelaide’s oldest residential areas, encompassing 28 suburbs, and is located 10 minutes east from the central business district of Adelaide, found nestled at the base of the Adelaide foothills.

Since early settlement, Burnside has evolved into a dynamic community; a true mix of diverse cultures, with contemporary and highly valued heritage areas, a city conscious of and respecting its past, while also appreciating the need for innovation and economic prosperity. Population density, urban infill and development overall are increasing, bringing additional demands on facilities, infrastructure and our natural environment. The City remains committed to maintaining and enhancing its unique historic character and to ensuring its built and natural heritage and historic streetscapes, buildings and other assets are preserved, maintained and promoted for current and future generations.

The City now seeks a Presiding Member (Independent Chairperson) for its Council Assessment Panel (CAP) and welcomes applications from suitably qualified, skilled and experienced members of the community. The CAP is a critical committee of Council with responsibility for assessing a wide range of Development Applications including new houses, land divisions, certain commercial developments, and changes in land uses. It has a significant role in ensuring that new development proposals are consistent with Council's planning rulebook: the Development Plan.

This is a challenging and unique period for the Chair, with the State Government Planning Reforms being implemented; the associated responsibilities and impacts on Burnside being considerable. You will need to oversee diligent decision making, coupled with balancing heritage / historic and other considerations against appropriate and sustainable development.

Interested members of the public should possess experience in the building, planning and development industry and/or qualifications in one or more of the following fields – town planning, heritage architecture, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, planning law, engineering, social planning, community development or any other field that is relevant to the activities of the Panel.

Applicants will ideally have experience in chairing formal meetings similar to the CAP.

The Presiding Member will be compensated for their time and expertise by an appropriate level of remuneration. Members will be selected by Council following a short listing and interview process. The position will become available circa October 2020. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month, except January.

Expressions of interest, detailing experience, skills, knowledge, affiliations and qualifications should be forwarded to Chris Cowley, Chief Executive Officer, City of Burnside, by 5pm Friday 17 July 2020 via email

For further information, please contact Martin Cooper, General Manager Corporate and Development on 8366 4200 or email