To register your interest to address the panel, please fill in our speaking request form.
If you are a registered speaker and joining online, please ensure when you join the meeting that you name yourself with the same details provided in your speaking request.
LPP meetings are open to the public and webcast live. Currently, there is no requirement to obtain a ticket to attend in person. However, please check back each month, as this requirement may change in line with the Public Health Orders of the day to allow appropriate social distancing.
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From March 2018, the NSW Government introduced legislation across all Sydney, Wollongong and Central Coast Council's to establish a Local Planning Panel (LPP). The panel consists of one chairperson, two expert members and one community member, which are rotated from a pool of independent qualified individuals. Their responsibility is to undertake the following functions:
As of August 2020, the NSW Government made changes to the way LPPs work to make them more efficient and to improve the assessment and determination times of DAs and maintain panel oversight of sensitive and contentious applications.
These changes were made as part of the Planning Acceleration Program to support the State’s immediate and long-term economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
The changes will speed up panel determinations by:
Elected Councillors no longer decide the outcome of individual development applications and are instead referred to the LPP for consideration and determination.
Council resolved to establish an independent local panel at its meeting on 19 February 2018
Local Planning Panel meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of every month at 3.30pm.
At the beginning of each meeting, the Chairperson will open the session and introduce panel members before referring to the agenda.
Registered objectors will be invited to speak first, with the applicant offered an opportunity to respond.
Further questions may be asked by the panel, before going into closed session.
In summary, the cycle consists of:
Decisions of the panel are determined by majority of votes with each member casting one vote. In the event of a tied vote, the Chairperson has a casting vote.
|Mark Carleton||Alt Chair|
|Heather Warton||Alt Chair|
|Mark Carlon||Expert - Planning|
|Fiona Gainsford||Expert - Environment|
|Vince Hardy||Expert - Planning|
|Scott Barwick||Expert - Planning|
|Toney Hallahan||Expert - Planning|
|Kim Burrell||Expert - Planning|
|David Johnson||Expert - Environment|
|Juliet Suich||Expert - Environment|
|Ian Tait||Community Representative|
|John Soldo||Community Representative|
|Luke Joseph||Community Representative|
If you wish to speak about an item on the Local Planning Panel (LPP) agenda, you must submit a form. By submitting this form, you consent to being recorded and live streamed when addressing the LPP.
Panel members will consider submissions made by objectors and applicants at the meeting. Applications will be accepted until 12:00pm the day before the relevant LPP meeting. Speakers have three 3 minutes to address the panel.
The objectives of the Local Planning Panel (LPP) are to:
The panel assess and determine the following development applications (DAs):
Sydney and Regional Planning Panels will continue to assess and determine DAs within its scope, such as developments with a capital investment value of more than $30 million.
DAs and applications to modify development consents not determined by the LPP or Regional Planning Panel will be determined by Council officers.
From 1 June 2018, all planning proposals are also required to be referred to the LPP for advice.
Visit the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment website for common questions about Local Planning Panels.
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