An independent committee
Local planning panels are independent committees appointed by councils to determine certain development applications. These panels are not subject to the direction or control of the council, except on matters relating to panel procedures or to the time the panel must deal with a matter consistent with a ministerial direction issued under section 117 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
The City of Sydney Local Planning Panel was established by Council resolution on 19 February 2018.
The City’s Local Planning Panel has 4 members, comprising a chair (nominated by the Minister for Planning), 2 expert members (selected by Council from a pool of experts approved by the Minister for Planning) and a community representative (selected by Council).
The Minister for Planning has issued a direction under section 9.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 that identifies the development applications which are to be determined by local planning panels on behalf of councils in the Greater Sydney region and Wollongong. The referral criteria for the City of Sydney are identified in schedule 3 of the direction.
Agendas and minutes
You can search or browse our Council and Committee meetings archive for business papers, minutes and electronic recordings of meetings. The archive includes past papers for the current year.
Code of conduct
All members of the panel are bound by the Code of Conduct for Local Planning Panel Members.
The Minister for Planning has issued a further direction under Section 9.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 setting operational procedures which are designed to ensure that local planning panels meet their obligations in the most efficient and effective manner.
The Local Planning Panel has developed and endorsed operational procedures for the panel.
The operations of the panel will be consistent with the operation of Council and its Committees and the Central Sydney Planning Committee.
Speaking at panel meetings
As part of our democratic process, members of the community are invited to speak directly to members of the Local Planning Panel about items on the agenda.
Local Planning Panel briefings
The panel receives a briefing from key Council staff on matters on the agenda and have the opportunity to ask questions or seek clarification on any issues. The briefing presentations are available on the relevant meeting date.