DESIGN Review Panel

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 1 May 2018 the decision was made to establish a Design Review Panel. The Panel has been formed to provide independent expert advice to the City’s Council, Administration, and applicants on the design and site planning of specified development proposals prior to the submission of a Development Application. This includes, but is not limited to, architecture, urban design, amenity, landscape architecture, environmental sustainability, character and heritage.

The Panel facilitates an improvement in urban design and the quality of the built environment within the City of Vincent through the provision of information, expert advice and recommendations.

The Panel provides professional and technical advice, in a non adversarial and informal manner, to the City’s Administration and the Council in relation to the design of buildings and other related matters. The Panel performs an advisory function only and does not make decisions on or approve applications.

The Panel's role is to:

  • Provide the City of Vincent with high level independent expert advice on urban design, architecture, landscape design, sustainability and heritage in relation to proposals referred to the Panel for consideration;
  • Act in an advisory capacity on specified proposals with respect to matters including, but not limited to, the following design principles:
    • Context and character;
    • Landcape quality;
    • Built form and scale;
    • Functionality and build quality;
    • Sustainability;
    • Amenity;
    • Legibility;
    • Safety;
    • Community; and
    • Aesthetics.

Applications to be referred to the Panel

Applications for planning approval for proposed development (Development Applications) are to be referred to the Panel for their consideration and comment in accordance with the Design Review Panel - Terms of Reference. These include but are not limited to:

  • Proposals that are considered, significant because of their size or uses they support;
  • Proposals that are considered, significant because of their site;
  • Proposals that are considered, significant because of their community impact;
  • Proposals which would benefit from the design review process; and
  • Any scheme amendment, structure plan, policy, precinct plan, local development plan or design guideline which would benefit from Design Review by the Panel.

Relevant Links:

Design Review Panel - Terms of Reference

An Applicant's Guide to Presenting to the Design Review Panel

NSW Legislation - State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 - Design Quality of Residential Flat Development

NSW - Residential Flat Design Code

UK Design Council

Further Information:

Development Services team
9273 6000 or