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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Local Planning Panels

On 14 August 2017 new legislation was introduced that requires the City of Wollongong and all Sydney Councils to have Local Planning Panels (previously called Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels) in place by 1 March 2018. From this date no development applications in Sydney or Wollongong will be assessed by Councillors as this role will handled by council staff or the members of the planning panels. The panels include 3 members with experience relating to areas such as public administration, law, tourism or development assessment and a community representative.

Council’s submission about the panels can be found on our website under Planning & Heritage/Submissions and further information about this significant change can be found at Department of Planning and Environment - Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels.

Councillors and Mayors will not be permitted to be on the panels in their local government area, nor are property developers or real estate agents.

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