What is the Hawkesbury Local Planning Panel?
The Hawkesbury Local Planning Panel (HLPP) is a group of experts and local community members who will determine certain Development Applications (DAs) and provide advice on Local Environmental Planning Proposals (LEPs) submitted to Council.
From 1 March 2018, it is mandatory for all local councils in the Sydney area, including Hawkesbury City Council, to have in place a Local Planning Panel to determine development applications with a high level of public interest, sensitivity, strategic importance, or risk of corruption. Prior to March 2018, these types of applications may have been determined by Councillors at Ordinary Council Meetings. These applications will now be determined at public HLPP meetings, which will be separate from Ordinary Council Meetings.
The criteria for which types of applications must be determined by an HLPP has been set by the NSW Minister for Planning, and more information on this criteria is available under the links below.
Development Applications which are not required to be determined by the HLPP will be determined by Council staff, or by the Sydney Western City Planning Panel. Council encourages residents and other local community members to participate in the HLPP process by addressing the Panel at its public meetings, which will be held in the Council Chambers at 366 George Street, Windsor, on the third Thursday of each month, except where there are no agenda items for that month.
- Code of Conduct for Local Planning Panel Members (pdf - 185KB)
- Hawkesbury Local Planning Panel Factsheet - October 2018 (pdf - 194.5 KB)
- IHAP Operational Procedures (pdf - 251KB)
- Referral criteria
- NSW Planning & Environment IHAP website
- Hawkesbury Local Planning Panel Guidelines - October 2019 - (pdf - 213.6KB)
For any further enquiries relating to the Hawkesbury Local Planning Panel, please contact Council's Manager Corporate Services and Governance (02) 4560 4426.
For general enquiries about assessment of development applications and planning proposals, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre during business hours:
- By calling (02) 4560 4444, or
- Visiting Council’s Administration Building at 366 George Street, Windsor. or
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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