The Burwood Local Planning Panel (BLPP) is a panel of independent experts and community members that determines development applications on behalf of Burwood Council. The BLPP is also responsible for providing advice on other planning matters including planning proposals.
BLPP meetings are normally scheduled for 6:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month except for January. They are either held at the Burwood Council Administration Centre or may be convened as a videoconference, in part or in full.
The BLPP is obligated to hold a public meeting only when a development application that it is to determine has attracted 10 or more unique submissions of objection. As this need arises, a public meeting is scheduled immediately before the Panel meeting at which a determination is due to be made. (Note that the BLPP conducts its determination meetings without members of the public present.) Members of the public may arrange to participate in public meetings by videoconference or in person.
Members of the public need to register to participate at public meetings (even if only planning to observe) by completing the online form for this by 2:00pm of the day of the relevant meeting – see Apply to Speak at a BLPP Meeting. They can also use the online form to make written submissions instead of, or in addition to, their request to speak. Registrations will be promptly acknowledged for verification purposes.
Minutes of BLPP meetings are published on the Council website shortly after meetings. Reasons for determinations by the BLPP are included as part of the record of determinations. When public meetings are conducted, these are audio recorded and published on the Council website with the minutes of the relevant BLPP meeting.