The Development Determination Panel (DDP) is an internal Northern Beaches Council body that has delegated authority to make decisions (known as determinations) on development applications and other related applications of local significance.
The DDP replaces three Development Unit panels (the DU-PLEP, DU-WLEP and the DU-MLEP) from the former Pittwater, Warringah and Manly council areas. The functions and delegations to determine applications of the new DDP integrate with the new Northern Beaches Independent Assessment Panel (NBIAP).
DDP meetings generally occur on the first and third Wednesday of the month and rotate between the three Northern Beaches Council offices (at Mona Vale, Dee Why and Manly). In addition to the normal scheduled meetings, extraordinary meetings may occur as needed.
Outcomes of the meetings are made available by way of minutes, which will generally be published on Council’s website by 12 midday the day following a meeting.
For more detailed information on the operational aspects of the DDP, please refer to the DDP Charter.
What applications are handled by the DDP?
The DDP is responsible for determining applications which meet any of the following criteria:
- a minimum cost of construction of $1million and with three unresolved objections
- any Modification of Consent under Section 96(2) for a development previously determined by the DDP or its previous equivalent panel
- any Review of Determination under Section 82A for a development previously determined by the DDP, its previous equivalent panel, or by a Manager
- any other application at the discretion of the General Manager, Planning Place and Community or the Executive Manager, Development Assessment
How do I make a submission to the DDP?
The DDP determines applications in a closed meeting. However, members of the public may make a written submission or alternatively register to address panel members on the assessment report, recommendations and/or conditions of consent.
The applicant and other interested parties are advised to make a written submission, which must be received by 12 midday on the business day prior to a meeting. Email email@example.com and please include the application number, Development Determination Panel, submission and meeting date in the subject line.
Alternatively, there is an opportunity to register to address the panel members prior to the meeting. Representations will be restricted to between three to five minutes, and registrations must be lodged by the close of business, two business days before a meeting. To register, contact the Administration Officer on 9942 2471.
Whilst Council will undertake to cater for all representations, late submissions/registrations may not be able to be considered.
Panel members have access to all written submissions made during the course of the assessment and so representations should not revisit issues previously raised.