Sydney South Planning Panel

The Joint Regional Planning Panels (JRPPs) were introduced in NSW on 1 July 2009 to strengthen decision making on regionally significant development applications (DAs) and certain other planning matters.

The establishment of the six Sydney Planning Panels (SPPs), on 21 November 2016, replaced the Sydney East and Sydney West JRPPs. Sutherland Shire is part of the Sydney South Planning Panel Region.

The principal functions of planning panels are to determine regionally significant DAs and undertake rezoning reviews. Other functions include:

  • act as the relevant planning authority (RPA) when directed
  • undertake rezoning reviews
  • provide advice on other planning and development matters when requested

 More information is available on the NSW Government Planning Panels website.


Sydney South Planning Panel meetings scheduled at Sutherland Shire Council


The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 16 September 2020 to determine:

DA18/1203 - 308 Taren Point Road, Caringbah

The public meeting will commence at 10.00am via a Microsoft Teams Meeting.


Who are the representatives on the panel?

Each Planning Panel consists of five members:- three members including the Chair, appointed by the Minister (State members) and two members nominated by Council (Council members). At least one council member is required to have expertise in one or more of the following areas: planning, architecture, heritage, the environment, urban design, land economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering or tourism.

What is council's role?

Council officers are responsible for carrying out a technical assessment of the application.  After completing the technical assessment, the officers then present a report to the Panel.  

As well as the council’s technical assessment, the elected council may make a separate representation to the panel.

If the Minister for Planning agrees, the panel may delegate the determination of applications to councils.  Delegation may be for development in a specified area, for a class of application, or may be made on a case-by-case basis.

What is the community's role?

Local residents and other interested parties can lodge a submission with council during the application’s public exhibition.  People who have made a submission and who wish to speak at a panel meeting can register with the Panel Secretariat.  People who have not made a submission may also be able to speak at the meeting, but this is at the discretion of the panel chairperson.

What development applications in the Shire are determined by this panel?

The main types of development for which the Sydney South Planning Panel is responsible include:

  • Development that has a capital investment value of more than $30 million.
  • Council related development that has a capital investment value of more that $5 million, where council is the applicant, owner, developer or party to an agreement relating to the development.
  • Crown development that has a capital investment value of more than $5 million.
  • Some types of designated development, including extractive industries, marinas and waste management facilities.

For a complete list, please refer to the NSW Government Planning Panels website.

The process

The following steps shows where this panel sits in the context of a development application:

  1. Development application is lodged.
  2. Public notification.
  3. Council assesses the development application.
  4. Sydney South Planning Panel holds a meeting to make a determination on the application.  Proponents and persons who make a submission may address the meeting.
  5. Sydney South Panel makes a determination.
  6. Council issues notice of determination and conditions of consent.
  7. Public notification of decision.


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More information


Enquiries can be directed to Planning NSW on 02 8217 2060 or

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