Ku-ring-gai Local Planning Panel (KLPP) meetings

Formerly known as the Ku-ring-gai Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel.

From 1 March 2018 the Minister for Planning made it mandatory for Local Planning Panels to operate in the Greater Sydney Region. In Ku-ring-gai the Panel will be referred to as the Ku-ring-gai Local Planning Panel (KLPP).

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

KLPP areas of responsibilities

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

  • 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.

KLPP members 

 The KLPP will comprise the following members and commences operation on 1 March 2018:  

Justice Robert Neville (Angus) Talbot


Former judge of the Land and Environment Court

Jacqueline Townsend

Chair (Alternate)

Solicitor and former Mayor of Pittwater Council

Kevin G Hoffman

Chair (Alternate)

Former Commissioner

Gerard Turrisi

Expert Panel Member

Town Planner with 30 years experience as a full-time planner both in Local Government and Private Sector

Sandra Robinson

Expert Panel Member

Town planner, panel member Waverley Development Assessment Panel

Tony Blue

Expert Panel Member (Alternate)

Town planner

Michael Leavey

Expert Panel Member (Alternate)

Town planner, member of the Hunter & Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel

James Colman

Expert Panel Member (Alternate)

Architect & town planner

Frank Ko

Community Member

Town planner and urban designer

Peter Thornton

Community Member

Civil engineer and environmental planner

Elaine Malicki

Community Member

Former councillor at Ku-ring-gai, Council's representative on the Sydney North Planning Panel

Suzanne Jolly

Community Member

Environmental planner

KLPP meetings


KLPP 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. 

2019 dates

  • Monday 18 February
  • Monday 18 March
  • Monday 8 April
  • Monday 20 May
  • Monday 17 June
  • Monday 29 July
  • Monday 19 August
  • Monday 16 September
  • Monday 21 October
  • Monday 18 November
  • Monday 16 December


KLPP 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 KLPP

If you have made a submission to Ku-ring-gai Council during the development application notification process, your submission will be provided to the KLPP 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 KLPP. 

To address the KLPP 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 KLPP.

Please note the Panel is required to make an audio record of the public meeting and make the recording publicly available on Ku-ring-gai Council's website. You should be aware that this may include your personal information if you are addressing the Panel.

Register to speak here

Code of Meeting Practice (pdf. 131KB)

Minutes and agendas

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

*Please note: DA withdrawn for KLPP meeting on Monday 19 November

This is to advise that REV0005/18 – 69 Kissing Point Road, Turramurra has been formally withdrawn. This matter will no longer be considered by the KLPP on 19 November. No site visit or inspection will take place for this property.

Meeting recordings from previous meetings

 Recording of KLPP meeting 18 November 2019

Recording of KLPP meeting 21 October 2019

Recording of KLPP meeting 16 September 2019

Recording of KLPP meeting 19 August 2019

Recording of KLPP meeting 29 July 2019

Recording of KLPP meeting 17 June 2019

Recording of answer from Architect at KLPP meeting 17 June 2019

Recording of final response from Architect KLPP meeting 17 June 2019

 Recording of KLPP meeting 20 May 2019

 Recording of KLPP meeting 18 March 2019 

 Recording of KLPP meeting 18 February 2019

 Recording of KLPP meeting 17 December 2018

 Recording of KLPP meeting 19 November 2018

 Recording of KLPP meeting 15 October 2018

 Recording of KLPP meeting 20 August 2018

 Recording of KLPP meeting 23 July 2018

 Recording of IHAP meeting 18 June 2018

Recording of IHAP meeting 21 May 2018

 Recording of IHAP meeting 19 March 2018

Contact us

If you have any queries please contact us on lpp@kmc.nsw.gov.au or 9424 0792.

Related links

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

Related documents

Code of conduct for LPP (pdf. 185KB)