The amendment is currently on exhibition.
If Council receives submissions which request changes or oppose the amendment or permit, they must either make the requested changes, or refer the amendment to an independent Planning Panel.
Following exhibition closing on 9 January 2017, it is anticipated Council will consider how to progress the amendment at their first Ordinary Meeting in 2017, likely to be held in February.
If referred to a Planning Panel, the Panel will review the amendment and permit, and all submissions to it. The Panel will consider all written submissions and submitters will also have the opportunity to be heard by the panel at their hearing. If a Planning Panel is required, the Directions Hearing will be held in the week commencing 13 March 2017. At the Directions Hearing the Panel will address administrative matters around expectations of the hearing, and provide instructions to parties. Generally these are requests for additional information, and instructions regarding expert witnesses. It expected the actual Panel hearing will start in the week commencing 3 April 2017. The length of the panel will depend on how many submitters wish to be heard and the time they request.
The Panel will issue their report to Council 4-8 weeks after the hearing and the report will become a public document 28 days after this.
Council then needs to consider which of the panel recommendations will be adopted, adopt the amendment, and recommend to the Minister for Planning whether or not to issue the planning permit.
Following this the Minister for Planning will either approve or refuse the amendment and permit.