Changes to Local Planning Panels
The NSW Government is making changes to the way Local Planning Panels work to make them more efficient and to improve the assessment and determination times of development applications.
These changes are being made as part of the Planning Acceleration Program to support the State’s immediate and long-term economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
The changes, to commence 1 August 2020, will speed up panel determinations by:
- Reducing the need to conduct public panel meetings for non-contentious matters by applying a ‘10-or-more’ objection trigger for public meetings.
- Reducing the number of modification applications going to panels.
- Obliging panel chairs to more actively manage development applications (DAs) coming to the panels to reduce panel deferrals and assessment timeframes.
- Allowing panel chairs to bring forward determination on DAs that are experiencing unreasonable delays.
- Introducing panel performance measures.
View upcoming changes to Planning Panels
View information sheet with further details about the changes and Frequently Asked Questions
In line with social distancing requirements to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Ku-ring-gai Local Planning Panel meetings may be held using conferencing technology (until further notice).
Meetings will be webcast and members of the public can watch and listen to meetings live via Ku-ring-gai Council’s website. If you are an owner, applicant, architect, legal representative or submitter to the Development Application you may register to speak.
Please see our Register to Speak page.
View KLPP live stream
Any persons speaking at a Local Planning Panel meeting are advised that their voice and personal information (including name and address) will be recorded as part of the meeting and made publicly available on Council’s website via live stream and on-demand access (except any part of the meeting that is held in closed session). Accordingly, you must ensure your address to the Panel is respectful and you use appropriate language and refrain from making defamatory statements or discriminatory comments.
Ku-ring-gai Council does not accept any liability for statements, comments or actions taken by individuals during a meeting of Ku-ring-gai Local Planning Panel. People connecting to this meeting by conferencing technology are reminded that under the Local Government Act 1993, the recording of meetings by a member of the public using any electronic recording device, including a mobile phone or video camera, is not permitted. Any person found recording without the permission of Council may be expelled from the meeting.
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.
The KLPP comprises the following members and commenced operation on 1 March 2018:
The Hon Robert Neville (Angus) Talbot, Chair
Former Judge of the Land and Environment Court
Kevin Hoffman, Chair (Alternate)
Former Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court
Jacqueline Townsend, Chair (Alternate)
Solicitor and former Mayor of Pittwater Council
Gerard Turrisi, Expert Panel Member
Town planner with 30 years experience as a full time planning in both Local Government and private sector
Sandra Robinson, Expert Panel Member
Town planner, panel member Waverley Development Assessment Panel
Tony Blue, Expert Panel Member (Alternate)
Michael Leavey, Expert Panel Member (Alternate)
Town planner with over 30 years experience in the local, state and private sectors
James Colman, Expert Panel Member (Alternate)
Architect and town planner
Gregory Flynn, Expert Panel Member (Alternate)
Former Manager / Urban / Transport Planner with 25 years experience at management level
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
KLPP meetings are held generally on the 3rd Monday of each month at 12.30pm by conferencing technology.
Interested parties will be notified before the meeting.
- Monday 17 February
- Monday 16 March
- Monday 6 April
- Monday 18 May
- Monday 15 June
- Monday 27 July
- Monday 17 August
- Monday 21 September
- Monday 19 October
- Monday 16 November
- Monday 14 December
During COVID-19 KLPP meetings will be held via Zoom and will be live streamed here on Council's website until further notice.
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 KLPP before the application is determined. Further submissions that restate these concerns are not required. An opportunity to make a verbal submissions to the KLPP 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 KLPP 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 KLPP 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
View KLPP live stream
Code of Meeting Practice (pdf. 131KB)
Minutes and agendas
View current agendas, minutes and reports (Business Papers) - from 2018 to present
Meeting recordings 2020 meetings
Recording of KLPP meeting 21 September 2020
Recording of KLPP meeting 17 August 2020
Recording of KLPP meeting 27 July 2020
Recording of KLPP meeting 15 June 2020
Recording of KLPP meeting 18 May 2020
Recording of KLPP meeting 6 April 2020
Recording of KLPP meeting 16 March 2020
Recording of KLPP meeting 17 February 2020
Meeting recordings 2019 meetings
View 2019 meeting recordings
Meeting recordings 2018 meetings
View 2018 meeting recordings
If you have any queries please contact Kerry Frair, Planning Panels Co-ordinator at email@example.com or 9424 0792.
NSW Department of Planning & Environment - Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (Local Planning Panels)
Code of conduct for LPP (pdf. 185KB)