Regional Planning Panel

Submissions to express interest in being on the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel closed on Friday 18 May.

Council officers have reviewed the submissions and will make a recommendation to the elected Council to appoint the preferred canditates, by the end of July 2018.

Who will be on the panel?

The regional planning panel consists of five members: three independent experts appointed by the Minister and two representatives recommended by Council.

We sought two nominees (one fixed and one casual) for this part-time appointment, to represent Lake Macquarie City Council on the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel.

Why does Council need a regional planning panel?

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act requires the establishment of Regional Planning Panels to undertake the functions of the consent authority under Part 4 of the Act, for regionally significant development and other functions as specified.

Tapping into the knowledge and experience of local experts will help us to ensure that regionally significant development achieves the best outcomes social, environmental, and economical outcomes for the Hunter, Central Coast, and even further afield.

What will be the role of the Regional Planning Panel?

The Panel will:

The appointment will for a term of three years and members will be paid for attendance of each meeting.

Who is eligible?

We are seeking qualified, skilled, and experienced experts who have the ability to assess regionally significant development proposals against relevant Acts and Regulations.

However, you will not eligible if you are:

(a)a property developer (or a person who is a close associate of a property developer) within the meaning of section 96GB of the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981, or

(b)a real estate agent within the meaning of the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 2002.


Activity Proposed date
Expressions of interest open 5 May 2018
Submissions close 18 May 2018
Report to Council July 2018
Notify successful members July 2018
First meeting July/August 2018

Page last updated: 07 June 2018