Dunsborough residents have slammed the Development Assessment Panel this week after members voted in favour of a four-storey apartment complex on the foreshore. Approval of the development came just two weeks after the City of Busselton Council passed a motion to rezone the land on Geographe Bay Road from R80 to R60. It was hoped the rezoning would persuade the DAP to rethink the “towering” complex. At the meeting, the City of Busselton called on the panel to reject the development or limit it to three storeys, stating it would not positively represent the Dunsborough community. The proposed height of four storeys is said to tower above trees and power lines in the area — two storeys taller than any building surrounding it. Mayor Grant Henley planned to introduce a motion to bring the development in line with the council’s recent rezoning decision, but did not get the chance. “I foreshadowed moving an alternate recommendation that reduced the building height to three storeys,” Cr Henley said. “I further foreshadowed that if it was unsuccessful we further defer consideration and request the officers negotiate an amended plan to a maximum of three storeys. The alternative was not moved or debated as the amended officer recommendation was carried 3-2,” he said. Dunsborough Progress Association spokesman Tony Sharp said it was outrageous to see City councillors outvoted. “The decision shows how the planning system is rigged against the local community, with councillors always being able to be out-voted by State Government-appointed panellists from Perth,” he said. “The decision of the DAP ... will change the character of the foreshore and the town centre for ever,” Dunsborough2030 chairman Peter Kyle said. “It is likely this will be repeated over all the properties zoned R80 along Geographe Bay Road. The planners’ inability to understand what a village atmosphere is demonstrates why their attitude is out of step with the views of the people of Dunsborough.” Mr Kyle said a Supreme Court bid to overturn the DAP’s decision could be the next step in the fight to limit the development and “save Dunsborough”.