WDAP 2015

Agendas: Meeting agendas, including reports, can be viewed on this website from the Wednesday afternoon prior to the meeting.

Minutes: Meeting minutes should be available on this webpage the day following the WDAP meeting.

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Agenda & Minutes

Addressing the Panel

If you wish to address the Panel regarding an item on the agenda, you must first register with the Panel Co-ordinator by 12 noon on the day prior to the meeting. To register, please email WDAP@waverley.nsw.gov.au or phone 9083 8273. You must already have lodged a written submission on the Development Application (DA) you wish to address or provided a written summary outlining the issues you wish to raise to the Panel Co-ordinator at least 24 hours before the meeting.

Unless the Panel otherwise permits, no resident, objector, applicant or supporter who addresses the Panel at any meeting of the Panel may speak for more than 3 minutes in respect of any one matter before any particular meeting.

If you address the Panel, your name will be included in the minutes of the meeting unless you request that it not be included.

About the Waverley Development Assessment Panel (WDAP)

What is the WDAP?

The Waverley Development Assessment Panel determines significant DAs in the Waverley LGA. This includes DAs where there are numerous objections, a conflict of interest or the development has a construction cost of $3 million or more.

At its meeting of 18 June 2013, Council formally adopted the new Panel and dissolved the former Development Control Committee (DCC) and the Independent Hearing & Assessment Panel (IHAP).

The Panel is made up of a pool of planning experts, independent of Council, who meet monthly. The Panel replaces the former DCC and the IHAP, which will help streamline the planning process. It also means that Councillors will no longer be involved in the decision-making process for determining those DAs, allowing them more time to focus on strategic planning issues, such as the planning controls that underpin DA decisions.

Panel members

The Panel members are independent of Council. Each Panel will consist of a specialist from the disciplines of Architecture, Urban Design, Town Planning and Planning Law as well as community representatives and specialists in Aboriginal Archaeology and Heritage, Disability and Access, Coastal Risk and Water Management and Environmental Flora/Fauna Diversity.

The Panel members will be introduced at the meeting. The quorum for a meeting of the Panel is three members. Council staff will attend to provide technical advice on Council’s controls or answer questions if required.

The report on the DA is prepared by Council’s Development & Building Unit (DBU) for consideration and includes a full assessment of the proposal, the objections made and a recommendation.

When and where are meetings held?

The Panel meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 12 noon. Meetings are held at Council Chambers on Level 3, on the corner of Paul Street and Bondi Road. Prior to the meeting, the Panel members will undertake an inspection of the sites to be considered at the meeting.

Types of development applications referred to the Panel

Development applications that may be referred to the Panel include:

  1. Class 1 and 10 applications where:
    • there are unresolved* objections from four (4) or more separate properties and
    • there is a variation to a development or merit based control that may have unacceptable impacts and the objections related to this variation. This will be determined by the Director of Planning & Environmental Services or their delegate.

  2. Classes 2 to 9 buildings with a construction cost of $3 million or more OR where there are unresolved* objections from six (6) or more properties, but with the exception of:
    • land or strata subdivision of an existing or an already approved development
    • change of use or fit out of a property/tenancy
    • extension of hours of operation, and
    • signage.

    *Unresolved objections is an objection that is considered by the Director of Planning & Environmental Services or delegate to have planning merit, relevance, substance, reasonableness and validity, and which has not been addressed by the imposition of conditions of consent.

  3. Where the applicant or owner is Waverley Council, a Councillor or member of staff;
  4. Which involve an application to vary a development standard pursuant to clause 4.6 of the Waverley Local Environmental Plan 2012, or pursuant to SEPP 1 for any other environmental planning instrument, when there is a significant impact associated with the proposed variation as determined by the Director of Planning & Environmental Services or delegate.
  5. Where the applicant has proposed to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement and it is considered by the Director of Planning & Environmental Services that the Panel should provide comment in relation to the variation of a development standard.
  6. Section 82a Reviews:
    • Applications for review of determination pursuant to Section 82A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 provided the meeting of the Panel determining any such application for review will consist of at least three (3) members who did not make the determination the subject of the application for review. This must include an alternate Chairperson.
  7. Section 96 Modifications:
    • Applications to modify development consents under Section 96 (2) and 96AA (1) only, and where the terms of item 1. above apply.
    • Applications that seek to delete or modify a condition specifically imposed by the Panel will return to the Panel.
    • Applications that seek to delete or modify a condition specifically imposed by the DCC will be determined by the Panel.
    • Applications that seek to directly remove or contravene a condition specifically imposed upon the consent, i.e. an application essentially seeking a ‘review’ of a particular component of the approval.

  8. Any application or matter which the General Manager or Director of Planning & Environmental Services considers should be brought before the Panel.

How does the WDAP work?

The Chairperson opens the meeting and introduces the Panel members. The order of business is set out in the agenda. Copies of the agenda will be available at the meeting.

As each item is referred to, the objectors are invited to speak for three minutes. The applicant will then be invited to respond. The Panel members may ask questions of the addressees.

Speakers should bear in mind that the Panel members have had the report for a few days and it is not necessary to repeat information that has been provided in the report.

Speakers may table photographs and supplementary material at the meeting if they wish.

Once all the registered speakers have addressed the Panel on the item, the Panel will move to the next item on the agenda and continue to receive speakers until all items on the agenda have been addressed. The meeting will then officially close and the panel will move to a closed session to deliberate and determine each item. Members of the public will not be able to participate in this part of the meeting.

Minutes of the meeting will generally be available for viewing from Council’s website the following day.

More information

WDAP Charter and Guidelines

Code of Conduct

Panel members of the WDAP will be bound by Waverley Council's Code of Conduct:

If you would like any further information, please email the Panel Co-ordinator or phone 9083 8273.

Independent Hearing & Assessment Panel (IHAP)

As of 1 July 2013, the Independent Hearing & Assessment Panel (IHAP) has been superseded by the Waverley Development Assessment Panel (WDAP).

You can still view the agendas and minutes of IHAP meetings from previous years by following the links below: