Local Planning Panel
Wollondilly Shire Local Planning Panel (LPP) consists of independent qualified individuals, responsible for the determination of development applications and provide advice on planning proposals. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month commencing at 3.30pm within Council Chambers in the Wollondilly Shire Hall 44-60 Menangle Street, Picton.
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.
Watch the Live Webcast of the Local Planning Panel Meeting on Thursday, 1 December 2022 at 3:30pm.
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.
*please note you may need to download Zoom prior to the meeting
2022 Meeting Dates
|1 December 2022|
About the Local Planning Panel
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:
- assess and determine certain development applications (DAs), and
- provide advice to Council on Planning Proposals (from 1 June 2018)
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:
- reducing the need to conduct public panel meetings for non-contentious matters by applying a ‘10-or-more’ objection trigger for public meetings
- reducing the amount of modifications going to panels
- obliging panel chairs to more actively manage DAs coming to the panels to reduce panel deferrals and assessment timeframes
- allowing chairs to bring forward determination on DAs that are experiencing unreasonable delays of over 180 days from lodgement
- introducing panel performance measures.
To find out more information about the referral criteria, visit the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment website.
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
Due to current social distancing requirements, the Local Planning Panel meetings are being held virtually until further notice.
Local Planning Panel meetings occur on the fourth 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:
- an on-site inspection
- public panel meeting, with an open forum for interested persons and groups to hear and make submissions about a development application or planning proposal
- closed panel session for the panel to deliberate
- decision published within five (5) business days
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.
To register your interest to address the panel, please fill in our speaking request form.
|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 (noon) 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:
- Provide increased transparency and an independent body for the determination of certain development applications and to advise Council on certain planning proposals.
- Provide the community and stakeholders with increased involvement in the Development Assessment process.
- Achieve best practice environmental, social, economic and urban design outcomes consistent with relevant legislation, Council's Local Environmental Plan, Development Control Plan and other planning controls.
- Comply with statutory provisions, particularly the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979.
Scope of Panel
The panel assess and determine the following development applications (DAs):
- DAs (other than for certain minor developments) for which the applicant or landowner is the Council, a Councillor, a member of Council staff, a member of Parliament, or a relative of such a person;
- Contentiousness DAs that receive ten (10) or more unique objections;
- DAs accompanied by a proposed voluntary planning agreement;
- DAs seeking to depart by more than 10% from a development standard;
- DAs for:
- residential flat buildings assessed under SEPP 65;
- demolition of heritage items;
- licensed places of public entertainment and sex industry premises;
- designated development, as set out in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.
- Any other development application, application to modify a consent or application to review a determination on a development application or application to modify a consent, at the discretion of the General Manager (Chief Executive Officer) or their delegate.
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.