Local Planning Panel (LPP)

About the LPP

Local planning panels (LPPs) are mandatory for all councils in Greater Sydney and Wollongong.

The Local Planning Panel assess development applications (DAs) which involve:

  • (i) A potential conflict of interest. These include developments where the applicant or land owner is:
    • Council
    • Councillor
    • Council planning staff member
    • Member of parliament
  • (ii) Contentious development that has received more than 10 unique submissions
  • (iii) Variations to a development standard imposed by an environmental planning instrument by more than 10%
  • (iv) Sensitive development
    • (a) Designated development
    • (b) Development to which State Environment Planning Policy No 65 applies and is 4 or more storeys in height
    • (c) Development involving the demolition of a heritage item
    • (d) Development for licenced premises
    • (e) Development for the purpose of sex services premises and restricted premises
    • (f) Development applications for which the developer has offered to enter into a planning agreement.

The DAs referred to will only be considered by the LPP and Council in circumstances where the Sydney Central City Planning Panel is not the determining authority.

The panel will consider submissions made by interested parties. After doing so, the panel will make a determination on the application.

Members

The Panel comprises a chair chosen by the Minister of Planning, two industry experts and a community representative. The Chair and experts for any given meeting will be selected from the following:

 Panel Member

Position

Julie Walsh

Chair

Pamela Soon

Alternate Chair

Garry Fielding

Alternate Chair

Michael Evesson

Independent Expert

David Furlong

Independent Expert

Vincent Hardy

Independent Expert

Penelope Holloway

Independent Expert

Michael Mason

Independent Expert

Matthew Owens

Independent Expert

Michael Ryan

Independent Expert

Eugene Sarich

Independent Expert

Jeremy Swan

Independent Expert

Patrick Hurley

Independent Expert

Peter Brennan

Independent Expert

Lindsay Fletcher

Independent Expert

Glennys James PSM

Independent Expert

Scott Barwick

Independent Expert

Elizabeth Kinkade PSM

Independent Expert

Chris Young

Independent Expert

Alan Haselden

Community Representative

Tony Chahine

Community Representative

Ken Willimott

Community Representative

Kaavya Karunanithi

Community Representative

 

Code of Conduct for Planning Panel Members(PDF, 221KB)

 

Meeting Dates

The Local Planning Panel will endeavour to meet on the third Wednesday of each month. Proposed dates are as follows for 2024 however are subject to change. 

  • 21 February 2024
  • 27 March 2024
  • 17 April 2024
  • 15 May 2024
  • 19 June 2024
  • 17 July 2024
  • 21 August 2024
  • 18 September 2024
  • 16 October 2024
  • 20 November 2024
  • 18 December 2024