Strathfield Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (SIHAP)
At a Councillor planning workshop on 4 February 2016, Council prioritised the establishment of an independent hearing and assessment panel to provide independent determinations on development applications.
On 21 February 2017, Council resolved to establish a Strathfield Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel with Justice Paul Stein AM QC appointed as the Chairperson. The first meeting of the Panel is scheduled for Thursday, 6 April 2017.
Meetings of the SIHAP will take place the first Thursday of each month. The meeting agenda will be finalised a week prior.
Any person(s) who wishes to register to address the SIHAP in respect of any particular item listed on the agenda of any particular meeting is required to complete an application form.
Deliberations of the Panel are carried out in closed session following the public meeting. The minutes of the SIHAP will be available on Council’s website the day after the meeting.
The functions of SIHAP are to:
- Consider and make final independent determinations on all development applications that are referred to it by the General Manager under this Charter;
- Provide an independent and open forum for interested persons and the community to make submissions relevant to the applications before the SIHAP;
- Facilitate greater transparency in the decision making process of applications to which this charter applies; and
- Achieve best practice urban design and development outcomes consistent with the relevant legislation and planning controls.
Agenda and Minutes
Agendas for meetings of the SIHAP shall be finalised and uploaded to Council’s website by Close of Business Thursday, a week prior to the meeting.
The Minutes of the SIHAP meeting will be uploaded to Council’s website by Close of Business, the day following the meeting.