The NSW Government has announced that a new panel set up to assess development applications in Ku-ring-gai will begin operating from this month.
From 1 March 2018 independent hearing and assessment panels (IHAPs) will be mandatory for all councils in the Greater Sydney Region, including Ku-ring-gai.
IHAPs are panels of independent experts that determine development applications on behalf of a Council and provide other advice on planning matters.
The establishment of a Ku-ring-gai IHAP means that development applications will be determined by either the Panel, Council staff or the Sydney North Planning Panel, which generally decides on regional development applications that are worth more than $20 million.
Ku-ring-gai Councillors will no longer be responsible for determining development applications in the local area.
The Ku-ring-gai IHAP is made up of four members of our community and nine experts with a range of skills in planning related matters. The Chair is Justice Angus Talbot and the community members are Frank Ko, Peter Thornton, Elaine Malicki and Suzanne Jolly.
IHAP meetings will be held monthly at the Council Chambers at Level 3, 818 Pacific Highway, Gordon, with the first meeting scheduled to take place on 19 March. Details of the IHAP and forthcoming meeting agendas are on Council’s website.
Members of the public can address IHAP meetings with a time limit of three minutes speaking time. Click here to register to speak by 3pm on the Friday before the meeting.
The Ku-ring-gai IHAP can also be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on IHAPs, please visit the NSW Government’s Planning and Environment website.
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