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Joint Regional Planning Panel

The Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) was established under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 to determine regionally significant development applications (DAs) including, the following:

  • air transport facilities
  • electricity generating works
  • port facilities
  • rail infrastructure facilities
  • road infrastructure facilities
  • sewerage systems
  • telecommunications facilities
  • waste or resource management facilities
  • water supply systems
  • wharf or boating facilities
  • affordable housing
  • child care centres
  • community facilities
  • correctional centres
  • educational establishments
  • group homes
  • health services facilities
  • places of public worship
  • Eco-tourist facilities that have a capital investment value of more than $5 million
  • Subdivision within the coastal zone of the following types:
  • Residential subdivision of more than 100 lots, if not connected to a sewerage system
  • Residential subdivision for more than 100 lots, if in a sensitive coastal location
  • Rural residential subdivision of more than 25 lots, if in a sensitive coastal location
  • Council has not determined after 120 days of the date of lodgement, and
  • the applicant makes a written request to the JRPP for it to assess the proposal, and
  • The Chairperson of the JRPP agrees that the delay in assessment was not caused by the applicant
  • Development for a particular purpose, and published by order of the Minister for Planning, where the Minister is not satisfied with Council's performance in dealing with development matters. Note: There are no such orders published for Rockdale City Council at the time of publication.

JRPPs commenced on 1 July 2009 with Rockdale City Council being covered by the Sydney East Region.

The JRPP is made up of five members, three independent experts appointed by the Minister and two recommended by Council. They will have expertise in development disciplines (such as heritage, tourism, architecture, urban design or traffic issues) and will hear and determine development applications strictly on their merits in an open forum free of any political or other influence.

Council will continue to receive, notify and assess these development applications and prepare assessment reports and recommendations which will then be provided to the JRPP for determination.

Council does not make a decision on application that needs referral to the Joint Regional Planning Panel. The decision is made by the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

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 Council's technical assessment, the elected Council may make a separate representation to the Panel. Council will also carry out post-determination functions including issuing any consent, notification, application and management of developer contributions, certification and most appeals.

The Sydney East Region Joint Planning Panel register of Rockdale City Council's development applications under assessment as well as agendas and minutes for development applications already determined by the panel in the Rockdale local government area can be found on the JRPP website.

More information is also available from the Regional Panels development register.

What is Capital Investment Value?
The capital investment value of development includes all costs necessary to establish and operate the development, including the design and construction of buildings, structures, associated infrastructure and fixed or mobile plant and equipment, other than the following costs:

  1. amounts payable, or the cost of land dedicated or any other benefit provided, under a condition imposed under Division 6 or 6A of Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act or a planning agreement under that Division
  2. costs relating to any part of the development or project that is the subject of a separate development consent or project approval
  3. land costs (including any costs of marketing and selling land)
  4. GST (as defined by A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 of the Commonwealth)
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