Independent Decision Review Panel

In December 2019, Council adopted the Framework for Development Application and Related Activities which set out among other things, some core principles that Council must adhere to in the processing of development applications. As part of the framework, an Independent Decision Review Panel (IDRP) was introduced.

The panel, consisting of one or more independent expert members will be convened from time to time to review recommendations made by Council Planning Officers. Each panel will be made up of experts relevant to the development proposal to be decided. It will not be called upon for all applications but rather those which meet specific criteria, such as where Council lodges an application to itself, if a development is particularly sensitive for the community or draws a high number of submissions during the public notification phase (Sensitive Development Matters).  In certain circumstances a public hearing will be held.  The public hearing is open to the applicants of the development application and members of the community who made a submission during the public notification period – all who can address the panel directly with their views on the application and council's recommendations.

Upon completion, the panel’s recommendations will go to the next available committee or Council meeting for consideration alongside the Council Planning Officer’s recommendation to assist with the decision-making process.

A fact sheet with the IDRP Procedure and Terms of Reference are provided here

VIDEO: IDRP Explained

Committee and Council meeting, agenda and minutes are provided here.

Public hearings will be recorded and live-streamed where possible and will be available on Council’s Youtube channel so as to allow interested parties to view matters discussed both during and after the public hearing.

5636/2021/MCU14 October 2021 - 5636/2021/MCU - Child Care Centre - Arthur Summervilles Road, Karalee

A development application for a new childcare centre in Karalee will be reviewed by an Independent Decision Review Panel (IDRP) to improve community participation and transparency in the decision-making process.

As part of the process, a public hearing will be held with residents able to voice their concerns directly to the panel before it makes its recommendations ahead of a final decision by Council in November.

Griffith Group One Pty Ltd is seeking Ipswich City Council approval to build a new childcare centre across the road from the Karalee State School.

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IDRP_119 August 2021 - 10674/2019/CA - Wanless Recycling Park

A development application for a new landfill and recycling centre in Ipswich will be referred to an Independent Decision Review Panel (IDRP) for public hearing, under an innovative process introduced by Ipswich City Council.

The development application was lodged by Wanless Recycling Park Pty Ltd and will be the subject of a public hearing on 19 August at Council’s administration building, 1 Nicholas Street.

The development application was determined by Council at the ordinary meeting dated 16 September 2021.  To view the agenda and minutes associated with this meeting click here

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