Ku-ring-gai Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) meetings

From 1 March 2018 independent hearing and assessment panels (IHAPs) will become mandatory for councils in the Greater Sydney Region. 

Councillors will no longer be able to determine development applications.  Development applications will be determined by either the IHAP, council staff or the relevant regional planning panel (the Sydney North Planning Panel).

IHAP areas of responsibilities

The Minister for Planning has set out the types of development applications to be determined by the IHAP: 

  • Development applications for which the applicant or owner is the council, a councillor, a member of the councillor's family, a member of council staff, or a state or federal member of parliament
  • Development applications that receive 10 or more objections from different households
  • Development applications accompanied by a voluntary planning agreement
  • Development applications seeking to depart by more than 10% from a development standard
  • Applications for sensitive development:
    • Residential flat buildings assessed under SEPP 65
    • Demolition of heritage items
    • New licensed premises of public entertainment
    • Sex industry premises
  • Designated development
  • Development applications subject to a voluntary planning agreement
All other development applications will be determined by council staff, or by the Sydney North Planning Panel.

Ku-ring-gai IHAP members 

 The Ku-ring-gai IHAP will comprise the following members and commences operation on 1 March 2018:  

Justice Robert Neville (Angus) Talbot


Jacqueline Townsend

Chair (Alternate)

Kevin G Hoffman

Chair (Alternate)

Gerard Turrisi

Expert Panel Member

Sandra Robinson

Expert Panel Member

Tony Blue

Expert Panel Member (Alternate)

Michael Leavey

Expert Panel Member (Alternate)

Cheramie Marsden

Expert Panel Member (Alternate)

James Colman

Expert Panel Member (Alternate)

Frank Ko

Community Member

Peter Thornton

Community Member

Elaine Malicki

Community Member

Suzanne Jolly

Community Member

Ku-ring-gai IHAP meetings


IHAP meetings will be held at Council Chambers generally on the 3rd Monday of each month at 12.30pm.

Interested parties will be notified 7 days before the meeting. 

2018 dates

  • Monday 9 April
  • Monday 21 May
  • Monday 18 June
  • Monday 23 July
  • Monday 20 August
  • Monday 17 September
  • Monday 15 October
  • Monday 19 November
  • Monday 17 December


IHAP meetings will be held at Council Chambers located at Level 3, 818 Pacific Highway, Gordon. 

Parking is available behind Council Chambers off Dumaresq Street.

For train and bus timetables visit NSW Transport Info website.  

Register to address the IHAP

If you have made a submission to Ku-ring-gai Council during the development application notification process, your submission will be provided to the IHAP and will be considered by the panel before the application is determined. Further submissions that restate these concerns are not required. An opportunity to make a verbal submissions to the panel in a public meeting is available for registered speakers. However, if you elect not to speak at the public meeting your original submission will still be considered by the panel. 

Members of the public wishing to address the Panel regarding an agenda item must have already lodged a written submission on the Development Application (DA) if they wish to address the IHAP. 

To address the IHAP at a public meeting please register on council’s website by 3pm on the Friday before the meeting.  

Each registered speaker will be allocated 3 minutes to address the IHAP.

Register to speak here

Minutes and agendas

View current agendas, minutes and reports (Business Papers) – From 2018 to present

Meeting recordings from previous meetings

Contact us

If you have any queries please contact us on ihap@kmc.nsw.gov.au or 9424 0764.

Related links

NSW Department of Planning & Environment - Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels

Related documents

Code of conduct for IHAP (pdf. 185KB)