Local Planning Panel
Under new legislation that was introduced on 14 August 2017 requires all Councils in the Greater Sydney Region and Wollongong City Council to have Local Planning Panels in place by 1 March 2018.
A Local Planning Panel consists of highly qualified people independent of Council and are charged with determining a range of development applications, reviewing and making recommendations about planning proposals on behalf of the Council. A local planning panel is not subject to the direction or control of the Council, except in relation to any matter relating to the procedure of the panel that is not consistent with any directions of the Minister under Section 9.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.
For further information on the legislation is outlined on the Department of Planning and Environment’s website.
The types of Development Applications to be determined by the Panel include:
- Conflict of interest
- Contentious Development
- Departure from Development Standards
- Sensitive Development
- Planning Proposals