Randwick Local Planning Panel

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 or operating procedures 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:

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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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

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 in their ward.

Once all speakers have been heard, the public meeting will adjourn for deliberation by the panel and then reconvene for voting and determination.

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

Modifications

  • Modifications made under section 4.55 (2) (formerly section 96 (2)) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (Act) where the Randwick Local Planning Panel made a decision on the original application
  • Modifications made under section 4.56 (formerly S96AA) of the Act where the original application was considered by the Randwick Local Planning Panel before being determined by the Land and Environment Court, and the modifications are not of minimal environment impact.
  • Modifications where 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
  • Modifications where 10 or more unique submissions by way of objection are received

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 via email by 12 noon on the day before the panel meeting to submission@randwick.nsw.gov.au.

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.

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