The Waverley Local Planning Panel (WLPP) is responsible for assessing and determining a range of development applications for Council as required under legislation. Members of the panel receive remuneration for attendance at panel meetings.

Existing members of the panel will continue as normal and are not required to submit an expression of interest (EOI).

We are seeking high quality community representatives that meet the following criteria:

  • Are current residents in the Waverley LGA
  • Have an understanding of the Waverley LGA and issues of concern to the local community
  • Have the capacity to form independent views and to contribute constructively to the determination of applications
  • Are able to demonstrate a basic level of understanding of the planning system, i.e. knowledge of the Council’s Local Environmental Plan, Development Control Plan, Local Strategic Planning Statement or Community Strategic Plan
  • Are committed to following the Code of Conduct for Local Planning Panel Members and the Local Planning Panel’s Operational Procedures, and attending local planning panel meetings and completing panel business in required timeframes.

Please note that Mayors, Councillors, property developers and real estate agents are not eligible for appointment.

If you have any questions please email

To submit an EOI, please complete the form below. Submissions close at 5pm, Wednesday 5 April 2023.

The Waverley Local Planning Panel determines significant DAs (as defined by the criteria set by the Minister) in the Waverley LGA. This includes DAs such as new Residential Flat Buildings, the demolition of a heritage item, development which has a significant number of unique objections, a departure to a statutory development standard greater than 10%, applications proposing a planning agreement or an identified conflict of interest.

The Panel is made up of a pool of planning experts, independent of Council, who meet monthly. Councillors are no longer be involved in the decision-making process for determining those DAs, allowing them more time to focus on strategic planning issues, such as the planning controls that underpin DA decisions.

The Panel members are independent of Council. Each Panel will consist of a specialist from the disciplines of Architecture, Urban Design, Town Planning, Heritage and Planning Law as well as elected community representatives. The Panel members will be introduced at the meeting. Panel members are rotated each month from a pool of selected experts.