Current Ministerial delegation provides any applications that have more than 25 objection submissions be referred to the Commission for determination. The referral to the Commission takes place after the Department has completed its assessment and the assessment report (and recommendation) is made available on the Department’s website.
The Commission‘s decision making procedures for these applications provide that a public meeting will be held to hear public views on the Department’s assessment report and recommendation before the application is determined.
In circumstances where there are less than 25 objection submissions made to the Department of Planning and Environment but the Commission finds it will benefit from additional public inputs into its decision making process, it may decide to meet with relevant stakeholders including the relevant Council, proponent and/or residents/community groups or hold a public meeting.
The Commission has published a set of procedures to guide the public meetings to building public confidence in its decision making processes.Guide to Commission Meetings.
Section 23D(1)(b)(iii) of the EP&A Act provides for the Minister or the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment to request the Commission to hold a public hearing into any planning or development matters.
A public hearing for a major development application, if held, can occur at any stage in the planning process. The Commission will provide a report with recommendations to the Minister/Secretary after the public hearing. The Department’s assessment report is required to take into consideration the findings and recommendations of the Commission. The Commission’s report will generally be published on its website within two weeks of its submission to the Minister/Secretary.
The Commission has published a set of procedures to explain the public hearing process.
If a development application is referred to the Commission for review/public hearings and subsequent determination under delegation, the general process is as follows: