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​Lane Cove Local Planning Panel


Council's Local Planning Panel

Lane Cove’s Local Planning Panel (LC LPP) is a panel of appropriately qualified people independent of Council charged with determining a range of development applications on behalf of Council. This Panel replaced the previous Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) in February 2018.

The Panel will deal with applications which meet the NSW Government's mandated referral criteria for Development Applications and Planning Proposals. Approximately 20 development applications per year from a total of around 400. 95-97% of development applications will still be dealt with by staff under delegated authority.

Determinations are made based on a report from Council officers having regard to the Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plans which have been adopted by the elected Council.

Local Planning Panel Meetings

Each meeting includes four members comprised of the permanent chairperson, The Hon David Lloyd QC (with Mr Robert Montgomery and Ms Kara Krason as approved alternate Chairs), a rotating community member and two members who represent each of the expert fields of: architecture, urban design or planning and the environment. Meetings are held in the Lane Cove Council Chambers at 48 Longueville Road, Lane Cove.

The meeting format for the Panel consists of an on site inspection and public panel meeting, with an open forum for interested persons and groups to hear submissions about the development proposal. To enable the Panel Chair to accommodate all people wishing to address the Panel, intending speakers are required to register with the Panel Secretariat prior to the meeting.

A closed panel session is then held for the panel to deliberate and announce the determination to the public.

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

The LC LPP meets 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 Road, Lane Cove.

You can view the Local Planning Panel Agendas and Minutes online.