Wollondilly Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP)

The NSW Government recently passed legislation requiring Councils to establish Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs NSW Planning and Environment).  These panels are to determine planning applications for certain development.

Local Planning Panel meetings occur monthly on a Thursday in Council's Administration Building at 5:30pm.

2018 Meeting Schedule

Thursday 22 March
Thursday 19 April
Thursday 17 May
Thursday 14 June
Thursday 12 July
Thursday 16 August
Thursday 13 September
Thursday 11 October
Thursday 15 November
Thursday 6 December

Why IHAPs?

The IHAP, or Council staff under delegation, will now exercise the consent authority functions of Council.

The primary function of the IHAP is to determine development applications that meet thresholds as determined by the NSW Government.  They will also have the function of providing advice to Council on planning proposals and any other planning or development matter that is referred to the panel.

The IHAP will provide an independent assessment of particular development applications and determine applications.

How do IHAPs work?

An IHAP is made up of three (3) professional members and one (1) community representative (selected from a pool of appointed panel members). 

The Minister for Planning selects the independent expert Chairs for councils to appoint to their IHAP. Councils will select two (2) expert members from a pool established by the Department of Planning and Environment and approved by the Minister for Planning. 

It is up to councils to recruit and appoint community members to the panel.

The three (3) professional members will select one (1) of the community representatives for each meeting, to discuss matters on the agenda.

IHAPs are to be governed by a code of conduct and operational procedures (both to be developed by NSW Government) that will ensure the proper conduct of members, procedural fairness and efficient and effective meetings.

More Information

To find out more about the triggers for when a development needs to go to an IHAP click here.

To find out more about the triggers for when a planning proposal needs to go to an IHAP click here.

For information on the Operational Procedures for Local Planning Panels click here.

To read the Code of Conduct for members of Local Planning Panels click here.


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