North Sydney Local Planning Panel

A Local Planning Panel is a State-mandated panel of independent experts, with the authority to consider and determine DAs on behalf of Council and provide advice on other planning matters, including planning proposals.

Panel meeting procedures - Information for the Community and Applicants.

On 30 June 2020 the Minister for Planning and Environment issued a Planning Direction which established new meeting procedures of Local Planning Panels.

This direction seeks to bring the operation of Local Panels more into line with the regionally based Planning Panels such as the Sydney North Planning Panel with the aim of adding greater efficiency to the process and addressing Covid 19 public health concerns. These changes were fully implemented from the first meeting of the North Sydney Local Planning Panel in 2021.

 

So, a number of  matters within this direction will be of interest to the community and applicants and have resulted in amendments to the Panels meeting procedures, as follows:

 

Development Applications

The panel is only required to hold a public meeting where a DA has attracted 10 or more unique submissions by way of objection.

No public meeting will therefore be held for matters that have attracted less than 10 unique submissions which will be determined after the public meeting has occurred on the first Wednesday of each month. However, submitters may still provide a written response to the officer’s report to be considered by the Panel provided these submissions are to be received by Council no later than 5 pm the Monday before the Panel meeting. Email these further submissions to NSLPP@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

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.

 

Where more than 10 Submission have been received a Public meeting will be held commencing at 2pm on the first Wednesday of each month.

The Panel will meet via Zoom (or other digital platform) to discuss and determine these applications. Interested parties are invited to contact our Panel Coordinator on 9936 8100 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 of the Panels meeting, which will be published within in 2-3 business days on Council's website.

Submitters and applicants may also choose to make written submissions should they not wish to address the Panel. Email these further submissions to NSLPP@northsydney.nsw.gov.auwith these submission being received no later than 5pm the Monday before the Panel 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.

 

There remains no ability to call up an application to 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.

 

The panel may be briefed by council staff and any other person engaged in the assessment of the matter about the proposal.

On request, and at the chair's sole discretion, the applicant may attend a briefing, along with council staff, to explain complex matters or present confidential or commercially sensitive material themselves of site circumstance.

 

Site meetings will only be convened when considered beneficial by the Panel Chair.

Panel members will continue to be encouraged to visit sites as individuals to inform themselves of site circumstance.

 

Planning Proposals

Prior to Council determining whether a Planning Proposal should be forwarded to the Dept Planning and Environment (DPE), a Planning Proposal must be referred to a Local Planning Panel for its advice.

Once reviewed by NSLPP and its advice issued, the Planning Proposal is reported to a Council meeting to consider whether the proposal should proceed to the next step, where the DPE will review the proposal, and either approve Gateway Determination (ie. give Council approval to publicly exhibit the Proposal), or refuse the Proposal from proceeding any further.

Due to the low volume of Planning Proposals being lodged, NSLPP Planning Proposal meetings are held as required. This will typically occur on a Wednesday, other than the first Wednesday of the month which is dedicated for the consideration and determination of DAs.

The Panel will meet via Zoom (or other digital platform) to discuss and determine these applications. Interested parties are invited to contact our Panel Coordinator on 9936 8100 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 of the Panels meeting, which will be published within in 2-3 business days on Council's website.

Submitters and applicants may also choose to make written submissions should they not wish to address the Panel. Email these further submissions to NSLPP@northsydney.nsw.gov.au with these submission being received no later than 5pm the Monday before the Panel 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.

 

Members of the NSLPP 2021

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 on a rotating basis. 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, Lloyd Graham, Garry Fielding, John McInerny, Garth Paterson, Chris Wilson, David Bridgen, Jan Murrell

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

 

Meeting Dates