abolished the Development Hearings Panel (DHP) special committee and
endorsed the revised Terms of Reference for the Planning Committee.
DHP will streamline the application process and improve timeframes, as the
panel adds an average of four weeks to the decision-making. The removal of the DHP and amendments to the
Planning Committee Terms of Reference will give more certainty to applicants
and objectors because there is one less forum where a permit may be decided.
The DHP, which
was made up of four senior council officers and could include a councillor, considered
and determined planning permit applications which were referred by either a
councillor or planning officers, had six or more objections lodged or were recommended
consistently asked for improved efficiency of permit decision-making. Benchmarking against similar large and
regional councils shows the City is the only council using the DHP to decide