The Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel was originally established by Council in 2008 to provide an independent hearing forum for objectors and applicants on certain applications. This IHAP was an advisory panel only making recommendations to Council.
The IHAP became a mandatory panel on 14 August 2017 with the assent of the Environmental Planning and Assessment and Electoral Legislation Amendment (Planning Panels and Enforcement) Bill 2017. The purpose of the Bill was to require Council to constitute an IHAP which now has determination power.
On 22 June 2018 the Minister issued a s9.1 direction to require Councils to rename IHAP to Local Planning Panel (LPP). On 25 June 2018 Council also resolved to rename the IHAP to Wollongong Local Planning Panel (WLPP).
The WLPP or Council staff under delegation will now exercise the consent authority functions of Council, Councillors are not permitted to exercise consent authority functions.
The WLPP will also have the function of advising on planning proposals that are referred to the panel by Council (or at the direction of the Minister), and to advise Council on any other planning or development matter that is to be determined by Council and that is referred to the panel by the council.
The WLPP panel will continue to provide an independent assessment of particular development applications and determine applications.
The WLPP continues to provide:
- increased transparency, integrity and confidence in the development application assessment process
- an independent hearing forum for objectors and applicants with an increased sense of involvement in the outcomes of the assessment process.
WLPP referral criteria
The Minister for Planning issued directions under Section 9.1 of the EP&A Act 1979 on 23 February 2018. These directions outline the referral criteria for development applications to be determined by a LPP. The direction also requires that certain planning proposals are to be referred to a LPP for advice. The Minister also issued a code of conduct and operational procedures for LPP members.
The directions, code of conduct and operational proceedures came into force on 1 March 2018 and replaced Council's former IHAP committee charter and code of conduct.
You can view the referral criteria, code of conduct and operational procedures on the Planning and Environment website.
Sue Francis - Chair
Allison McCabe - Alternate chair/expert
Robert Montgomery - Alternate chair/expert
WLPP Agenda Items and Meeting Outcomes
Council’s IHAP became a mandatory panel on 14 August 2017 with determination power.
On 1 March 2018 Council’s IHAP committee charter and code of conduct was replaced with referral triggers, a code of conduct and operational procedures issued by the NSW Minister for Planning. On 22 June 2018 the Minister directed Councils to rename IHAP to Local Planning Panel (LPP).
On 25 June 2018 Council resolved to rename the IHAP to Wollongong Local Planning Panel (WLPP). Council also resolved to exhibit a draft Submissions Policy
, which is based on Council’s former IHAP criteria and provides for:
- Councillor, General Manager and Director call-up provisions.
- Reduced number of objections for relevant development categories.
- Reduced threshold for departures to development standards.
The exhibition period is from 11 July 2018 to 11 August 2018
You can view the draft submissions policy at:
Council’s Customer Service Centre
41 Burelli Street, Wollongong
Submissions should be addressed to: The General Manager
Or you can email a submission
. Please note that submissions become public documents and may be viewed by other persons on request.
Agenda items and minutes for the WLPP are located under Council's meetings section of this website.