Regional Planning Panel

Are you interested in being part of a collective that ensures regionally significant development achieves the best possible outcomes for the Hunter and Central Coast?

We are accepting expressions of interest from experts in planning, architecture, heritage, the environment, urban design, land economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering, or tourism, to become a member of the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel.

This paid and privileged position gives you a chance to contribute to ensuring that significant development achieves the best possible outcomes for the region.

Express your interest

Submit your interest in writing, making sure you provide a brief professional profile and address the selection criteria within the information pack, and send it to:

Applications close 5pm Friday 18 May 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 are seeking 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.

For more information about the role of the panel, view the information package

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.

Please read the selection criteria contained within the information pack for detailed information about what is required.

You may also be interested in applying to be on Council’s Design Review Panel

Council is also seeking expressions of interest from highly experienced architects, landscape architects, and urban designers to become a member of the Lake Macquarie City Council Design Review Panel.

It is a paid advisory role where you can contribute to improving the quality of designs of apartment developments across the City.

Read more about the opportunity to join Council Design Review Panel


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

Information pack

Download the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel Information Pack.

Page last updated: 09 May 2018