Independent Development Assessment Committee

The Independent Development Assessment Committee (IDAC), sometimes referred to as 'The Panel', independently assesses development applications that generate unresolved objections.

The Panel consists of a solicitor, architect, environmental scientist and community representative. Three of the members of the Panel are not residents of, or employed in, the Fairfield area. The fourth member – the community representative – is selected to ensure there is no conflict of interest. 

The Panel provides an opportunity for applicants and community members to understand each other’s concerns and ideas regarding a Development Application and is a step in Council’s building and development process. It increases the transparency and access of the development and building process, ensuring applications are assessed in an ethical and independent manner.

IDAC meeting dates

The chairperson opens the meeting, welcomes the attendees and introduces the Panel members. The order of items to be examined is set out in the agenda. The agenda and reports are available on the Friday afternoon before the Panel meeting or at the door on the night.

Business Papers

As each item is referred to, the objectors are invited by the Panel to speak about their concerns. The applicant will then be offered the opportunity to respond. Panel members may ask questions. After the Panel has heard submissions by all interested parties, the meeting is closed. The Panel will then discuss the issues raised, make a recommendation and prepare a report to the next available Council meeting for determination.

If you wish to speak on the night regarding a matter on the agenda, please contact Council on 9725 0291 to register the day before the Panel meeting.

Please be advised that the Panel is an independent unit and there is no guarantee that the Panel will adopt the recommendation of Council’s assessing officer. Please contact Council's Development Planning Division on 9725 0274 or 9725 0845.