Development Hearings Panel agendas and minutes

Council has abolished the Development Hearings Panel (DHP) special committee and endorsed the revised Terms of Reference for the Planning Committee.

Removing the DHP will streamline the application process and improve timeframes, as the panel adds an average of four weeks to the decision-making.  The removal of the DHP and amendments to the Planning Committee Terms of Reference will give more certainty to applicants and objectors because there is one less forum where a permit may be decided.

The DHP, which was made up of four senior council officers and could include a councillor, considered and determined planning permit applications which were referred by either a councillor or planning officers, had six or more objections lodged or were recommended for refusal.

Applicants have consistently asked for improved efficiency of permit decision-making.  Benchmarking against similar large and regional councils shows the City is the only council using the DHP to decide planning applications.

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Page last updated: Wednesday, 21 August 2019

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