Joint Regional Planning Panel

When Development Applications are referred to the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP)

Joint Regional Planning Panels have been established across NSW to give independent, merit-based decision-making and advice to the NSW Planning Minister on regionally significant development proposals.
The Central Coast Council is covered by the Hunter Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel. The panel consists of 5 members, 3 selected by State Government and 2 selected by the Central Coast Council.
The following applications must be referred to the JRPP for determination:
  • Development with a capital investment value (CIV) over $20 million.
  • The following development with a CIV over $5 million:
    • Development where Council is the proponent or has a conflict of interest
    • Crown development
    • Private infrastructure and community facilities
    • Ecotourism
  • Certain designated development for extractive industries; marinas or other related land and water shoreline facilities; and waste management facilities or works.
  • Certain coastal subdivisions
  • Certain development that has a CIV of more than $10 million but less than $20 million, where there has been lengthy delays in the assessment process.
 The following steps outline the processes taken when development applications are to be determined by the JRPP:
Step 1.       The Development Application is lodged at Council’s Customer Contact Centre and is assigned a unique application number.
Step 2.       Council’s Development Assessment Unit performs a preliminary evaluation of the Development Application to ascertain if the proposal is a regionally  significant development that must be decided by the Joint Regional Planning Panel.
Step 3.       The Development Application is registered by Council on the Joint Regional Planning Panel website and the Development Application Documentation is available from Council’s Development Application Tracking website.
Step 4.       The application is assessed by Council planning officers following the standard assessment procedures, including State authority referrals, internal specialist referrals, notification of the application, and consideration of any public submissions. All submissions received, are registered electronically at Council and posted on the Council DA tracking website.
Step 5.       The Central Coast Council planning staff completes the assessment report which is forwarded to the Joint Regional Planning Panel prior to the meeting date.
Step 6.       Parties that have made submissions are notified of the Joint Regional Planning Panel meeting by the Panel secretariat.
Step 6.       An information report regarding the application is prepared for consideration by the Central Coast Council.
Step 7.       The Joint Regional Planning Panel holds a site inspection and then holds a meeting to consider and determine the Development Application. The meeting may be electronic where there are no objectors. Parties that have made submissions are able to register to address the panel at the meeting in favour or against the development.
Step 8.       Parties that have made submissions are notified of the Joint Regional Planning Panel decision.
Further information including agendas and minutes are available at