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​Lane Cove IHAP


Nominations open for Community Representatives on Lane Cove Local Planning Panel

Lane Cove Council is seeking Community Representatives for the new Local Planning Panel that is being established in accordance with the State Government guidelines. This Panel will replace the current IHAP.

The Local Planning Panel will consist of three independent experts and a community representative for each meeting. The Council is seeking nominations from residents of the Lane Cove Local Government Area to be part of a pool of community representatives on the panel.

The role of a community representative is a three-year part-time role commencing March 2018. As a community representative you will contribute to Panel discussions and decisions. Nominees will need to understand and form a view on, at times, complex development proposals and other planning matters. Meetings will be held once a month and your attendance would be paid in accordance with the rates to be set by the Minister of Planning.

Current Councillors, property developers, real estate agents and Lane Cove Council staff are not eligible to apply.

Expression of Interest Community Representative - Nomination Form

For additional information, contact Angela on 9911 3611.

Applications close on 15 December 2017

Council's Existing Lane Cove IHAP

Lane Cove’s Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (LC IHAP) is a panel of appropriately qualified people independent of Council charged with determining a range of development applications on behalf of Council.

The LC IHAP will typically deal with approximately 12-20 of Council’s development applications per annum from a total of around 400. 95-97% of development applications will still be dealt with by staff under delegated authority.

Determinations are made as independent assessments consistent with the Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plans which have been adopted by the elected Council.

IHAP Meetings

Each meeting will include four members comprised of the permanent chairperson, The Hon David Lloyd QC, a rotating community member and two members who represent each of the expert fields of: architecture, urban design or planning and the environment. Meetings will be held in the Lane Cove Council Chambers.

The meeting format for the Panel will consist of an on site inspection, public panel meeting, with an open forum for interested persons and groups to hear and make submissions about the development proposal, a closed panel session for the panel to deliberate, and finally public announcement of the determination.

The determination will include a written response from the panel, similar to a court judgement, outlining the reasons for the decision.

The IHAP will meet as required on the first Tuesday of the month, commencing with an onsite inspections from 3pm. The public panel meeting and open forum will be held at the Lane Cove Civic Centre, 48 Longueville Rd Lane Cove.

You can view the IHAP Agendas and Minutes online.