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Joint Regional Planning Panels


What are Joint Regional Planning Panels?

Joint Regional Planning Panels (JRPP) determine regionally significant development applications. 

They were established to provide greater expertise and independence on regional planning issues. The panels make merit based decisions on regionally significant development and provide advice to the Minister for Planning as needed. The panels consist of members appointed by the Minister for Planning and local councils. 

There are six panels covering all of NSW, with the exception of the City of Sydney (where the Central Sydney Planning Committee will continue to function). Council is part of the Sydney East JRPP.

What are Regionally Significant Developments?

Regionally significant developments potentially impact on economic growth and jobs in the region and include:

  • All developments over $10 million which are not classed as major projects to be determined by the Minister for Planning
  • Subdivisions of land into more than 250 lots
  • Certain coastal developments, particularly in sensitive areas, which may include buildings over 13 metres high, some subdivisions of land and some recreational and tourism facilities
  • Developments that need particular scrutiny because of their nature or potential environmental impacts - these 'designated developments' may require an environmental impact statement
  • Development worth more than $5 million including:
    • Public and private infrastructure such as community facilities, child care centres and places of public worship
    • Developments where the council is involved or has a conflict of interest
    • Crown development
    • Ecotourism.


Regionally significant developments within the Ryde local government area are determined by the JRPP at scheduled meetings held at the Civic Centre. These meetings are open to the public and any interested group or person can make a submission.

For details of upcoming meetings, see the Joint Regional Planning Panels website.

Last updated on 4 August 2015