Cumberland Local Planning Panel
Council has established an independent hearing and assessment panel with a delegation to make final and independent determinations on development applications and recommendations for Planning Proposals to Council that are referred to it.
The membership of consists of four members, two drawn from a pool of experts in the respective fields of environmental and planning, a rotating community member, and a permanent chair with a legal background.
The Honorable Paul Stein, QC, AM, is the permanent chair of the Cumberland City Council Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel. Hon Paul Stein is a respected jurist, who is a former judge of the District Court of NSW, NSW Land and Environment Court and the NSW Court of Appeal. He was an acting judge of the NSW Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and a judge of the Court of Appeal of Fiji. He was also a former NSW Deputy Ombudsman and President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, Chair of the Australian Consumers Association and Chair of the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
The Hon Paul Stein is currently the Chair of the Board of Governors of the NSW Law and Justice Foundation and the current chair of Manly, Mosman, Waverley Council’s Independent Assessment Panels.
The Cumberland Local Planning Panel will typically meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 11.30am at least 10 times each year. The specific dates and times are provided on the website.
The Panel will publish its reasons and conclusions for decisions and a record of voting and is subject to Council approved Cumberland Local Planning Panel Policy and Procedures.
Frequently asked questions
- Registration to address the Panel / Register to listen to Panel meeting
- Local Planning Panels Direction – Planning Proposals
- Local Planning Panels Direction – Development Applications
- Local Planning Panels Direction – Operational Procedures
- Code of Conduct
- IHAP Overview
- IHAPS best practice meeting procedures