North Sydney Local Planning Panel

State-mandated Determining Body, with authority to consider and determine DAs and other planning matters.

On 1 March 2018 the North Sydney Local Planning Panel (NSLPP) replaced the North Sydney Independent Planning Panel (NSIPP).


Composition of the NSLPP Panel

The panel comprises:

  • a chair appointed by the Minister for Planning,
  • two members selected by Council from a pool of experts approved by the Minister for Planning, and
  • a community member selected by Council.

North Sydney has a panel where all members have a level of expertise in planning, architecture, law, or a related area. The appointed Chair Ms Jan Murrell has four years experience as the chair of the NSIPP as well as broad planning and assessment experience over 40 years.

Code of Conduct NSLPP - for panel members (189KB)


How does the Panel Operate? *(note below)

The new panel operates in much the same manner as NSIPP operated.

The panel generally commences at 10am on the first Wednesday of the month with site inspections, returning to the Council Chambers prior to the commencement of the public meeting at 2pm. A deliberation meeting in closed session directly follows the public meeting.

Panel meeting deliberations will generally conclude by 6pm.

The minutes of the meeting will then be published on Council’s website on the Thursday following the meeting.


What if I want to address the Panel on an application? **(note below)

Interested parties are welcome to address the Panel on the applications before it:

Request to address the North Sydney Local Planning Panel (128KB)

This should be filled out and returned no later than 5pm of the Monday before the meeting.

Alternatively, interested parties can attend the Council Chamber foyer on the day of the meeting at 1.45pm, and notify the Council representative present that you wish to address the panel.


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Information regarding NSLPP during COVID-19

The NSLPP meeting will operate differently due to the COVID-19 government restrictions, and to minimise the risk to all.

The normal practice of a Panel site visit on the day and the subsequent public meeting will not occur. Instead, panel members will need to individually satisfy themselves that they understand the issues and carry out their own individual site inspections as they see fit. Contact with the public will be avoided. Interested parties are advised that there are numerous digital tools available that may avoid the need to visit the site.

The Panel will meet via Zoom (digital platform) to discuss and determine applications in the form of a public meeting. Interested parties are invited to contact our Panel Coordinator on 9936 8286 if they wish to register to address the panel via Zoom during the public meeting. Download an information sheet with instructions about how the teleconference will take place (152KB). Anyone participating in the public meeting will form part of recording, which will be published here in 2-3 business days below.

Alternatively, submitters and applicants can provide in abbreviated written form a submission in response to the Assessment officers report. Email these further submissions to to be received no later than 5pm on the Monday before the meeting. Submissions should be no more than 2 x A4 pages in length. Submitters are encouraged to provide photographs which illustrate the matters that concern them.

Submissions will be acknowledged by the panel individually to form part of the recording, but they will not be read out in their entirety. Submitters and applicants are asked to provide a contact number if the panel has any questions.

The adoption of these initiatives will ensure as best possible the safety of Panel members, Council staff, applicants and the community alike.

Enquires can be directed to the Panel Coordinator on 9936 8286 or via email


Matters which will be heard by the panel?

Matters which are referred to the Panel are done so subject to a Ministerial Directive.

Prior to Council determining whether a Planning Proposal should be forwarded to the Dept of Planning and Environment, a proposal is first referred to a Local Planning Panel for advice.

Thus our NSLPP Planning Proposal meeting will review a proposal before it is reported to a Council meeting along with the NSLPP recommendations. If endorsed by Council, the Planning Proposal will only then proceed to the next step, where the Dept of Planning and Environment will review the proposal, and either approve Gateway Determination (ie. give Council approval to notify the Proposal), or refuse the Proposal from proceeding any further.

NSLPP Planning Proposal meetings are held as required.

If you have any further questions regarding this process, please call Council’s Strategic Planning department on 9936 8100.


Can a Councillor or resident call a matter before the panel?

At this time there is no opportunity for the “call up” of an application to the panel by a Councillor or resident, nor is there any officer discretion in placing a matter not otherwise included in the Minister’s directive on the Panel’s agenda.


Members of the NSLPP

The Panel Chair has the responsibility of selecting the most appropriate panel members for each meeting based on the likely issues. Two expert members and one community member will be selected for each meeting. An alternate chair may also be nominated to replace the principal chair based on availability, and in the event of conflict of interest.


Panel Chair: Jan Murrell

Alternate Chairs: Grant Christmas, Jason Perica

Expert Panel Members: Sandra Robinson, Michel Reymond, Helen Lochhead, Ian Pickles, Caroline Pidcock, Lesley Finn, Grant Christmas, Tony Caro, Annelise Tuor, Deborah Laidlaw, David Logan, Peter Brennan

Community Members: Veronique Marchandeau, Jane van Hagen, Virginia Waller, Kenneth Robinson


Meeting Dates