Randwick Local Planning Panel

Upcoming changes to Local Planning Panels

The NSW Government is making changes to the way Local Planning Panels work to make them more efficient and to improve the assessment and determination times of development applications.

These changes are being made as part of the Planning Acceleration Program to support the state’s immediate and long-term economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

The changes, to commence 1 August 2020, will speed up panel determinations by:

  • reducing the need to conduct public panel meetings for non-contentious matters by applying a ‘10-or-more’ objection trigger for public meetings
  • reducing the amount of modifications going to panels
  • obliging panel chairs to more actively manage development applications (DAs) coming to the panels to reduce panel deferrals and assessment timeframes
  • allowing chairs to bring forward determination on DAs that are experiencing unreasonable delays of over 180 days from lodgement
  • introducing panel performance measures.

An Information Sheet with further details about the changes and Frequently Asked Questions is available.

NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) precautions, all Randwick Local Planning Panel (RLPP) meetings will be held by public teleconferencing via Microsoft Teams until further notice.

COVID-19 updates

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Randwick Local Planning Panel (the Panel) has reviewed its operations consistent with health advice to ensure it can continue to effectively function and meet its statutory requirements.

The paramount consideration of Council remains the wellbeing of the community, Council staff and Panel members, as well as the efficient operation of the Panel.

In line with current health advice and until further notice, the Panel Chair has introduced the following interim changes to the operation of Panel meetings:

  • The Panel will no longer meet face to face. Instead, it will hold its public meeting by teleconference via Microsoft Teams in the same manner as the regional planning panel.
  • In terms of site inspection, the Chair of the meeting in consultation with Council Officers will decide whether a site inspection is necessary. If so, each Panel member will visit the site only from the street and individually.  Council officers will provide additional information (i.e. photos) in the report to cover the need to inspect inside the properties or from adjoining properties. In circumstances where a site inspection from inside a property is necessary (i.e. to determine the extent of view loss), the Chair will consult with the panel members to determine the appropriate action. In any event, all site inspections must observe social distancing rules.
  • People who have made submissions, the Applicant and other participants will no longer attend the public meeting in person. The participants who wish to listen to the public meeting or make oral submissions must register their details with Council by 12 noon at least one day before the public meeting. Prior to the public meeting, Council will provide details of how these people can join the meeting, which will normally commence at 1pm. Note: the public are unable to listen in or address the Panel for electronic meetings.
  • The public meeting will be recorded, and this will be placed on Council’s web site following the meeting.

The Chair will close the public meeting and continue the deliberation with other panel members and relevant Council staff via separate teleconference.

Updated meeting process

If you wish to address the Panel or listen to the RLPP public meeting, you must register by contacting Council no later than 12 noon at least one day before the meeting via email to submission@randwick.nsw.gov.au. You will be provided with relevant details to enable you to join the public teleconference once registered. Please note that the number of speakers is restricted to one for and one against on each application. Additional speaker/s may be allowed in special circumstances subject to the approval of Panel’s Chairperson. Any person is welcome to listen to the public teleconference from a phone (if registered).

If you are registered to address the Panel or listen to the public meeting, please be aware of the following process:
  • The Panel’s Chair will make introductions of the other members of the Panel, call for any declarations of interest, read out apologies and set out the meeting process.
  • The Panel will then hear from those who have registered to speak. The Chair will read out the name of the person whose turn it is to speak.
  • The speakers are limited to 3 minutes and can only speak once unless asked questions by the Panel.
  • The Applicant will speak last.
  • Please be mindful of not talking over the Chair or another speakers.
  • All participants are to remain silent unless invited by the Chair or other Panel members to speak, those listening or waiting their turn to speak should have their phone or microphones muted. The Chair reserve the rights to remove any uncooperative participants.
  • The meeting is not a debate, it is a forum to allow the panel to hear the community’s concerns.
  • After listening to the speakers, the Chair will ask each panel member if they have any questions of the speakers or the applicant.
  • The Chair will then close the meeting.
  • The decision of the Panel will be published on Council’s web site.

The Panel is required to make an audio record of the public meeting and make the recording publicly available on Council’s website. You should be aware that this may include your personal information if you are presenting to the Panel. The RLPP agenda will be available on Council’s website.

Panel Composition

The Randwick Local Planning  Assessment Panel consists of 4 voting members:
  • a chair
  • two independent expert members; and
  • a community representative

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In accordance with a direction issued by the Minister for Planning on the 22 June 2018, the Randwick Development Assessment Panel has been renamed the Randwick Local Planning Panel.

There are no changes to the function of the panel and any reference to the Randwick Development Assessment Panel shall be taken as a reference to the Randwick Local Planning Panel.

The Randwick Local Planning Panel (RLPP) is an Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel that assesses development applications and provides advice on planning proposals.

Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (known as Local Planning Panels under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (Act)) became mandatory for all councils in Sydney and Wollongong on 1 March 2018. They have been created to ensure that the process of assessing and determining development applications with a high corruption risk, sensitivity or strategic importance is transparent and accountable.

Under the Act, Councillors are no longer able to determine development applications. All development applications must be determined by:

Meetings

The panel will meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month (excluding January) unless there are insufficient applications/proposals to conduct a meeting. If required, the panel shall also meet on the 4th Thursday of the month.

The meetings will be held during the day, with the public meeting commencing at 1pm. The panel may elect to undertake site visits in the morning before the public meeting commences.

Procedures

Due to coronavirus precautions updated procedures are at the top of the page.

Applicants and objectors will be notified if an application is going to be heard by the panel and there will be an opportunity at the meeting for one person to speak against and one for the application. There will also be an opportunity for Councillors to address the panel on any application.

Please refer to the Randwick Local Planning Panel Guidelines for detailed procedures.

Panel Members

The four (4) voting members for each panel meeting will be selected by the chair from the following pool:

Chair (1 member appointed)
  • Annelise Tuor (chair)
  • Lindsay Fletcher (alternate chair)
  • Garry West (alternate chair)
Expert members (2 members appointed)
  • Jason Perica
  • Kara Krason
  • Janette Murrell
  • Oliver Klein
  • Sandra Robinson
  • Heather Warton
  • Peter Romey
  • Julie Savet Ward
  • Deborah Laidlaw
Community Representatives (1 member appointed)
  • Kerri Hamer
  • Sarah Kelly
  • Brenton Thomas
  • Mio Margarit Chow
  • Peter Ryan
  • Michelle Finegan

In accordance with the direction issued by the minister, panel members are not permitted to discuss any matter that is to be considered by the panel with councillors, the applicant, their consultants, submitters or any other person with and interest in the matter outside of the panel meeting. This does not apply to Council staff involved in the assessment of the application.

Referral criteria

The NSW minister for planning has issued directions detailing the referral criteria and procedural requirements for local planning panels. These directions are available through the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s website. The key triggers for referral to the RLPP are summarised below:

Conflict of Interest

Development for which the applicant or land owner is the council, a councillor, a member of council planning staff, a member of Parliament, or a relative of the listed persons. Note: this criteria does not apply to certain minor development types; however, it does apply to footway dining where council is the landowner.

Contentious development

Development that is the subject of 10 or more unique submissions by way of objection.

Departure from standards

Development that contravenes a development standard by more than 10%

Sensitive development

  • Designated development
  • Development to which SEPP 65 applies
  • Development involving the demolition of a heritage item
  • Development for the purpose of new licenced premises that will require a club license, hotel (general bar) license or on-premises licenses.
  • Development for the purpose of sex services premises and restricted premises
  • Development applications for which the developer has offered to enter into a planning agreement

Modification Applications

  • Modifications made under section 4.55 (2) (formerly section 96 (2)) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (Act) for the modification of development consents granted by the Panel that:
    • propose amendments to a condition of development consent recommended in the Council assessment report but which was amended by the Panel, or
    • propose amendments to a condition of development consent that was not included in the Council assessment report but which was added by the Panel, or
    • meet the criteria for development applications relating to conflict of interest, contentious development or departure from development standards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I address the panel at the meeting?

Yes; there will be an opportunity for one person to speak against and one person to speak for an application at the public meeting. Unless the Panel otherwise permits, no speaker may address the panel for more than 3 minutes.

A person wishing to speak against an application or proposal must have already lodged a written submission on the subject application OR must provide a written summary (no longer than one A4 page) of the matters upon which they wish to address the Panel. Council must receive this summary by noon the day before the meeting.

How do I register my intention to address the panel?

Any person wishing to address the Panel must register their intention to do so with Council's Administrative Staff on 9093 6818 no later than 12 noon on the day BEFORE the meeting.

Can I request that an application be considered by the panel?

No. The legislation specifies what DAs are to be determined by the panel.

Can I contact my local councillors regarding a development application?

Yes; however legislation specifies what DAs are to be determined by the panel so councillors cannot request that an application be referred to the panel.

If an application is being determined by the panel, there will be an opportunity for councillors to address the panel at the public meeting.

Can I contact the community representative on the panel?

No; panel members are not permitted to discuss any matter that is to be considered by the panel outside of the panel meeting.

Where will the panel meeting be held?

The public meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, 1st floor, Town Hall Building, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick.

What happens to my application if it was submitted before the 1 March 2018?

If it meets the criteria for referral to the panel it will be referred to the panel for determination; otherwise it will be determined under staff delegation.

2019 & 2020 Audio recordings

View the full playlist of RLPP meetings here

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