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Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) is made up of professionals who will determine development applications.
Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) Charter
Every aspect of the IHAP is designed to improve transparency, integrity and confidence in our development assessment process.
The IHAP provides us with another level of assessment by experts who are independent of Council.
The IHAP also provides an opportunity for residents and applicants to present their views and / or concerns about a development application.
The function of the Canterbury Bankstown Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) is to:
The Panel may be briefed or requested to provide advice in relation to any development application at any point during the assessment process. Matters referred to the Panel for advice will be at the discretion of the Director Planning. Advice offered by the Panel on a development matter will be considered as part of the ordinary assessment process.
Planning Proposals will also be referred to the Panel for consideration and to provide a recommendation to Council on whether a Planning Proposal should be supported on its merits. The Panel may also recommend changes to a planning proposal for consideration by Council in determining whether to proceed with a planning proposal.
Development applications which meet the following criteria will be referred to IHAP for determination:
These criteria may change from time to time by Council resolution.
Matters to be determined by the Sydney South Planning Panel will not be provided to the IHAP for its review/advice unless requested by the Director Planning.
People who have an interest in a particular development application (whether as an applicant or someone who has made a submission) will be notified of its referral to the IHAP and advised that they may make an application to address the Panel about that development application.
The business paper for each month’s IHAP meeting will be published, both on our website and in hard copy (available for viewing at our Library and Knowledge Centres, Campsie Customer Service Centre and Bankstown Customer Service Centre) by 5.00pm on the Monday before the IHAP meeting.
Details of items to be considered by the IHAP are also available by calling us on 9707 9000.
First you should read the report going to the IHAP about the matter. If there are particular issues in the report that are important to you, you can apply in writing to address the IHAP.
Written requests can be sent to our Campsie Customer Service Centre, PO Box 77, Campsie 2194, or hand delivered to the customer service department of our Campsie or Bankstown Customer Service Centre. Emails can be sent to email@example.com. Requests should be marked “Request to Address IHAP”. Requests should include your name, address, contact telephone number/s, and the item on which you wish you to speak and be received by 12.00 midday on the date of the meeting.
You will be advised of any conditions which may apply to your address to the IHAP. If a number of people have similar views about the same development application, they may be required to appoint a spokesperson to address the IHAP.To make the most effective use of your allotted time, plan the points you wish to make beforehand and be guided by the Chairperson during the course of the hearing.
No. If you wish to make a written submission only, this will be considered by the IHAP. If you do wish to speak about your submission, you should contact our
IHAP Administration Officer on
For more information, or to ask a question, contact Council's IHAP Administration Officer on 9789 9446, or write to Council at PO Box 8, Bankstown 1885.