On 14 August 2017 new legislation was introduced that requires all Sydney Councils as well as the City of Wollongong to have Local Planning Panels (previously called Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels) in place by 1 March 2018. From this date no development applications in Sydney or Wollongong will be assessed by Councillors as this role will handled by council staff or the members of the planning panels.
Council’s submission about the panels can be found on our website under Planning & Heritage/Submissions and further information about this significant change can be found at Department of Planning and Environment – Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels.
Councillors and Mayors are not permitted to be on the panels in their local government area, nor are property developers or real estate agents.
The relevant legislation allows for the Minister to constitute a Council’s Planning Panel if the Council had not done so by 1 March 2018. In the interest of ensuring Hunters Hill panel included members that appreciated the special characteristics of the area, Council undertook a rigorous process including a workshop to shortlist potential candidates and interviews.
At the Ordinary Council Meeting 4434 held on 26 February 2018, the Council resolved to appoint the following members to constitute its Local Planning Panel. Full minutes of meeting 4434 are available on the website under council meeting and reports.
The Hon. David Lloyd QC
Ms Lesley Finn (alternate)
Mr Peter Webber (alternate)
Expert Panel Members:
Chris Young (alternate)
Ron Edgar (alternate)
Virginia Wise (alternate)
Richard Quinn (alternate)
Each meeting comprises a Chair, two Expert Members and one Community Representative.
The Local Planning Panel is held from 4pm on the third Thursday of the month (subject to need). Site inspections are conducted prior to the meeting commencing.
If a Development Application is to be discussed at the meeting the applicant and any people who have made submissions are notified one week prior to the meeting and the agenda including the Council Officer’s report are published on Council’s website to view.
The applicant and those who made a submission are given an opportunity to speak at the meeting, if you do wish to speak, a Permission to Speak form must be completed and submitted to Council no later than noon on the Tuesday immediately prior to the meeting.
As of the 3rd meeting of the Local Planning Panel, Council records audio and video of the meeting, as well as live-streaming. Recordings can be found on Council’s YouTube Channel.
Those who have lodged Permission to Speak forms that have been accepted are invited to speak by the Chair for a maximum of three minutes.
To access the Permission to Speak form click here
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