Local Planning Panel

The Central Coast Local Planning Panel (CCLPP) is an independent panel of qualified people to review and determine development applications for the Central Coast Local Government Area, providing increased transparency, integrity and confidence in the development application assessment process.

The CCLPP determines a range of development applications on behalf of Council and provides advice on a range of strategic planning matters that are referred to it.

The panel generally meets monthly on a rotating roster and comprises of four members:

  • The Chair
  • Two professionals (with expertise in urban design, urban planning or other related field)
  • One community representative selected from a pool of members appointed by Council

Meetings are run in accordance with the Local Planning Panels Best Practice Meeting Procedures and Code of Conduct for Planning Panel Members August 2018.

Further information on the legislation is outlined on the Department of Planning and Environment’s website.


The location of the meetings generally alternate between Council’s Administration buildings at Gosford and Wyong, dependent on the location of the development applications being reviewed. 

Site visits will be conducted prior to the meeting.

View meeting agenda and minutes

Please note: The Agenda and Meeting papers will be made publicly available online the Friday before the next confirmed Local Planning Panel meeting. Minutes of the Panel Meetings will ordinarily be made publicly available on Council's website within 2 business days following the meeting.

Next scheduled meetings

Meeting date




Panel Members



Video Conference

Donna Rygate

Stephen Leathley (Expert panel member), Linda McClure (Expert panel member), Lyn Hunt (Community panel member)



Video Conference

Kara Krason

Grant Christmas (Expert panel member), Greg Flynn (Expert panel member), Scott McGrath (Community panel member)

Changes to Local Planning Panels

The NSW Government has made changes to the way Local and Regional Planning Panels work to make them more efficient and to improve the assessment and determination times of development applications. These changes are being made as part of the Planning Acceleration Program to support the state’s immediate and long-term economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

The changes, which commenced on 1 August 2020, will speed up panel determinations by:

  • reducing the need to conduct public panel meetings for non-contentious matters by applying a ‘10-or-more’ objection trigger for public meetings 
  • allow, at the chair's discretion, applicants to attend a briefing, along with council staff, to explain complex matters or present confidential or commerically sensitive material
  • reducing the amount of modifications going to panels
  • obliging panel chairs to more actively manage development applications (DAs) coming to the panels to reduce panel deferrals and assessment timeframes
  • allowing chairs to bring forward determination on DAs that are experiencing unreasonable delays of over 180 days from lodgement
  • introducing panel performance measures.

Please visit Planning Portal - Upcoming changes to Planning Panels for more information.

Attending and speaking at CCLPP meetings

Local Planning Panel meetings are an opportunity to observe the development application review and decision-making process. 

Members of the public will not be permitted to attend meetings in person, in line with the extension of the prescribed period on 25 September 2020 for the temporary COVID-19 Ministerial powers under Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Regulation) - Public Hearings Online.

Please visit Planning Portal - COVID-19 response and recovery for more information.

Members of the public who wish to address the Panel must have already lodged a written submission on the subject development, unless the Chair otherwise permits, and should submit a Request to Speak form  to the Local Planning Panel Secretariat at localplanningpanel@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au. All individuals (or group representatives) who would like to speak at the meeting must complete this form, and it is required to be received no later than 12 noon on the day prior to the scheduled Local Planning Panel meeting.

Central Coast Local Planning Panel meetings are broadcast live to the public and recorded. By attending a CCLPP meeting you are giving consent to the possibility that your image and voice may also be broadcast to the world. Recordings are Copyright protected and are accessible under the Government Information (Public Access) Act. No other recording is permitted.


Watch the meeting livestream.

Please note that confidential sessions within a Local Planning Panel meeting will not be webcast.

The webcast of Local Planning Panel meetings is not, and shall not, be taken to be an official record of Central Coast Council or of any meeting or discussion depicted therein. Central Coast Council does not accept liability for any defamatory remarks or inappropriate comments that are made during the course of a meeting. Recordings of CCLPP meetings are copyright protected and cannot be reused or reproduced without approval from Council.

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The Local Planning Panel is an independent panel of qualified people to review and assess development applications (DA’s). Then panel meets fortnightly on a rotating roster with at least one Chair, two experts, and ...
Last updated : Fri 19 Feb 2021