Call for local experts to join Regional Planning Panel

Published on 24 February 2021

The search is on for local industry experts to join a planning panel that will help shape the future of major development in Lake Mac.

Expressions of Interest are now open for two new members on the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel – an expert industry body that considers regionally significant development applications and rezoning proposals.

NSW Government legislation requires each panel to include Council-appointed members, comprising experts in a range of related industries.

They include planning, architecture, heritage, the environment, urban design, land economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering and tourism.

Property developers and real estate agents are unable to apply.

Lake Macquarie City Council acting Manager Development Assessment Elizabeth Lambert said the panel’s two Lake Mac representatives would comprise one fixed position and an ‘alternate’ member who would be called on if the fixed member was unavailable.

Panel members will be paid for their involvement, and will be appointed for three years starting in July.

“The Regional Planning Panel is an extremely important body that determines major investments across Lake Macquarie,” Ms Lambert said.

“Members carry out site visits, provide independent, expert advice and examine how proposed developments will relate to the streetscape, neighbourhood and region.”

Recent development applications assessed by the Regional Planning Panel include the Costco retail store at Boolaroo, the Lake Macquarie Private Hospital expansion at Gateshead and additions to the Hunter Sports Centre at Glendale.

Applicants can submit a maximum three-page expression of interest detailing skills and experience to prelodgement@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.

Submissions close Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 5pm.

For more information about the panel and how to apply, view our EOI information pack.