Sydney North Planning Panels (formerly Joint Regional Planning Panels)
The state government established the Sydney North Planning Panels to make merit-based decisions on regionally significant development applications. They can also provide planning advice to the Minister for Planning if requested by the Minister. SNPPs determine developments with a value of more than $30 million, subdivisions of more than 250 lots that are not determined by the Minister for Planning, and development worth more than $5 million, including:
- Public and private infrastructure such a community facilities, child care centres and places of public worship
- Developments where the Council is involved or has a conflict of interest
- Crown development
The panels consist of two representatives of Council and three state-appointed members.
Willoughby is part of the Sydney North Planning Panels. When the panel meets to determine a development application, the two Willoughby City Council members are the Mayor, Councillor Gail Giles-Gidney, and the Strategic Planning Manager, Linda McClure.
The NSW Joint Regional Planning Panels website lists applications to be determined by the SNPP, including the application documents.
When dealing with a Willoughby SNPP matter, the panel generally meets at the Council Offices. These meetings are open to the public.
For an application determined by the SNPP:
- The application is notified to surrounding property owners and assessed by a Council Officer
- Any interested person or group may make a submission
- The Council officer provides a report and recommendation to the SNPP
- The Council officer's report and recommendation is available prior to the SNPP meeting
- The Environmental Services Director provides a copy of the officer's report to Council prior to the SNPP to see if the Council wishes to make a submission
- The SNPP is not bound to adopt the Council officer's recommendation or the Councils submission in its determination
- An applicant can appeal a decision of the SNPP to the Land and Environment Court
For more information, contact Willoughby City Council or see the SNPP website.