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ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT ACT 1979 - SECT 23I
Independent hearing and assessment panels
(1) A council may constitute a panel of experts to assess any aspect of a
development application or any planning matter referred to the panel by the
council (other than a matter subject to a determination or review by a
(2) A council must constitute a panel of experts to assess
any aspect of a development application or any planning matter if an
assessment by a panel is required by an environmental planning instrument.
(3) The members of a panel of experts are to consist of persons having
expertise in at least 1 of planning, architecture, heritage, the environment,
urban design, land economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering, tourism
or government and public administration.
(4) For the purposes of an
assessment, a panel may receive or hear submissions from interested persons
and must submit a report to the council within the time required by the
(5) A panel is to exercise its functions in accordance with the
regulations and any arrangements approved by the Minister. However, a panel is
not subject to the direction of the Minister on the findings or
recommendations in its report.
(6) The council is to provide staff and
facilities for the purpose of enabling a panel to exercise its functions.
A member of a panel is entitled to be paid such remuneration (including
travelling and subsistence allowances) as the Minister may from time to time
determine in respect of the member.
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