Call for Community Members

A Local Planning Panel (LPP) is a panel of three independent expert members and a community member who assess development applications made to local councils.

LPP’s are to become mandatory for all councils in Sydney and Wollongong City Council.

LPP’s are to be put in place so that the process of assessment and determination of development applications (DAs) of high value, corruption risk, sensitivity or strategic importance is transparent and accountable.

All LPP’s will follow a standard model comprising three independent expert members and a community member. Statutory rules will govern the panel’s operation through a code of conduct.

The Minister for Planning will choose the independent expert Chair for each Local Planning Panel. Councils will choose two expert members to appoint to their LPP from a pool established by the Department of Planning and Environment and approved by the Minister for Planning.

It is up to individual Councils to appoint the community members to the panels.

The new North Sydney Local Planning Panel will replace the North Sydney Independent Planning Panel (NSIPP) and while similar in function will change in some detail in regard to the applications that are to be considered.

North Sydney Council is therefore calling for local residents to submit a nomination to be considered as a community members of the North Sydney Local Planning Panel. A minimum of three community members will be selected representing the three Wards.

Community Representatives must:

  • Have their primary place of residence within the North Sydney Council;
  • Be able to work within a team;
  • Have high level communication and analytical skills;
  • Have knowledge of the assessment process and issues that may arise in complex development and planning matters;
  • Be able to attend site inspections, some of which may have restricted access; and
  • Not be a Councillor, Real Estate Agent, Property Developer or Staff member of North Sydney Council are ineligible to be community representatives as this undermines the objective of having DAs determined by independent persons.

Selection and appointment to the Local Planning Panel will be subject to the individual:

  1. Having your primary place of residence within the local government area (LGA);
  2. Having a knowledge and awareness of the LGA, planning issues and matters of concern to the local community;
  3. Being able to represent and communicate the interests of the local community;
  4. Being able to demonstrate an understanding of the planning process and assessment issues;
  5. Being able to attend the Panel meetings and contribute constructively to the determination of application; and
  6. Being willing to adhere to the North Sydney Local Planning Panel Code of Conduct and operational procedures.

Meetings for NSIPP are currently held during the day, on the first Wednesday of the month with up to eleven meetings being held within a calendar year but this may be subject to change.

If successful your role as a NS LPP member will be a part-time, paid role starting in March 2018. You will be also required to attend an induction session held by the Department of Planning and Environment on a date to be advised in February 2018.

The position will be paid in accordance with rates to be set by the NSW Government, with further details made available prior to offers of appointment. Membership of the panel is for up to three years and is subject to extension for another three years.



To apply, please download

LPP nomination form (149KB)

which should be sent with the required supporting information to

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3 December 2017.


More Information

For more information, please contact Geoff Mossemenear of Council’s Development Services Department on 9936 8100.



Posted on 3 November 2017

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