Herewith a brief explanation of the DFA process, thanks to Peter Flint.
After 1994 the Development Facilitation Act was promulgated which was basically a fast track means of allowing development to promote service delivery of housing and economic development.
An application is made to the Dept of Economic Development which is required only to include a scoping report on the environmental issues. There is no requirement for GDACE to have given a positive Record of Decision (ROD).
A tribunal is appointed consisting of five members who may or may not have any legal training. They are often town planners and the tribunals have been known to be politically influenced in the past. Their decisions are based far more on concerns over following of procedures rather than environmental issues.