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Local Planning Panel

On 13 February  2017, Council resolved to establish an Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP), now known as the Local Planning Panel. The panel is comprised of highly qualified people independent of Council and are charged with determining a range of development applications, reviewing and making recommendations about planning proposals on behalf of Council.

Elected Councillors no longer decide the outcome of individual development applications and are instead referred to the Local Planning Panel for consideration and determination. Council officers still assess the planning proposal and then report to the Local Planning Panel. The panel reviews the planning proposal and the officer’s assessment and makes a recommendation to the Council.

The Local Planning Panel inspects a site prior to determination of the application and provides a transparent forum for applicants and objectors to make verbal submissions.

Determinations are made as independent assessments consistent with Council’s Local Environment Plan, Development Control Plan and other relevant planning instruments.



A local planning panel is formed under the authority of the Local Government Act and is a requirement of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The functions of the panel are to:

  • provide an independent and open forum for interested persons and groups to hear and make submissions about development proposals referred for determination
  • provide increased transparency of process and expert assessment of development proposals referred
  • consider and determine development applications and s96 modifications.


Campbelltown Local Planning Panel Members

Campbelltown Local Planning Panel Members


Ian Reynolds

Panel Chairman

Mary-Lynne Taylor

Expert Member

Jenny Rudolph

Expert Member

Cecilia Cox

Community Member

Edward Saulig

Alternate Community Member

Philip Hayward

Alternate Community Member

Stuart McDonald

Alternate Chairman

Keith Robert Dedden

Alternate Chairman

Scott Lee

Alternate Expert

Helena Miller

Alternate Expert



Local Planning Panel meetings include four members - a chairperson, community member and two expert members.

The meeting format usually includes:

  • on-site inspection
  • public panel meeting, with an open forum for interested persons and groups to hear and make submissions about the development proposal 
  • closed panel session for the panel to deliberate 
  • public announcement of the determination.

The decision of the panel would be by a majority of votes with each member casting one vote. In the event of a tied vote, the Chairperson would have a casting vote. The determination includes a written response from the panel similar to a court judgment outlining the reasons for the decision.

All Local Planning Panel meetings are open to members of the public.

The  meeting agenda and the minutes will be available online.

Meeting details

2018 dates    


9.00am to 5.00pm


Council Chambers, Campbelltown City Council
91 Queen Street, Campbelltown NSW 2560

Addressing the Panel 

Anyone can attend a meeting. If you are interested in addressing the Panel for a specific item being considered on the current agenda please contact Council’s Manager Governance and Risk on 02 4645 4320 by midday the day prior to the meeting.

Note - there is a maximum five minute speech limit per person.

Meeting Documents

 Local Planning Panel reports and minutes will be available online. 



The following applications are referred to the Local Planning Panels Direction:

1. General development

(a) Development that has an estimated cost of more than $5 million, but not development comprising only:

(i) internal alterations and additions to retail premises or office premises, or

(ii) maintenance of a heritage item.

 (b) Development for which a development application was determined by the local planning panel.

2. Conflict of interest

Development for which the applicant or land owner is:

(a)     the council, 

(b)     a councillor,

(c)     a member of council staff who is principally involved in the exercise of council’s  functions under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 

(d)     a member of Parliament (either the Parliament of New South Wales or Parliament of the Commonwealth), or

(e)     a relative (within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1993) of a person referred to in (a) to (d)

but not development for the following purposes which requires the consent of the owner of the land:

(f)      internal alterations and additions to retail premises or office premises,

(g)     advertising signage,

(h)     maintenance of a heritage item, or

(i)      minor building structures projecting from the building facade over public land (such as awnings, verandas, bay windows, flagpoles, pipes and services, and sun shading devices).

3. Contentious development

Development that:

(a)     in the case of a council having an approved submissions policy – is the subject of the number of submissions set by that policy, or

(b)     in any other case – is the subject of 10 or more unique submissions by way of objection. 

An approved submissions policy is a policy prepared by the council and approved by the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment which details the circumstances in which a local planning panel or council staff should exercise the consent authority functions of the council, based on the number and nature of submissions received about development. 



There is the opportunity to review decisions made by the Campbelltown City Local Planning Panel.  The applicant can seek a review of a determination and this will be referred to the Local Planning Panel's Review Body where panel members who did not sit on the original panel for that determination will take part.

An applicant may also appeal to the Land and Environment Court.



The community is able to make written submissions to the Local Planning Panel. The requirements for making a submission on a development proposal to Council remain the same. If the proposal cannot be determined under delegation by Council staff it will be referred to the Local Planning Panel and the person making a submission will be given an opportunity to speak to the Panel about their submission.

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