About Internal Development Approvals Committee (IDAC) Meetings

All Councillors are members of the Internal Development Approvals Committee, with three Councillors making up each meeting on a rotational basis. IDAC has the authority to make decisions on applications for planning permits that are referred to it by Council Officers.

Major developments are sometimes considered at regular council meetings rather than at Internal Development Approvals Committee. 

When are the IDAC meetings?

We generally hold two IDAC meetings each month from February to December.

Who can attend IDAC meetings? 

Anyone is free to attend IDAC meetings to witness proceedings, but only parties to proceedings (applicants, objectors) will be invited to make submissions.

What happens at the Internal Development Approvals Committee meetings? 

The format of IDAC meetings is more informal than Council Meetings, with the Councillors, Council staff, applicants and objectors all sitting around a large table.

If you are an objector, you will be provided with five minutes to address the Committee to raise any matters you feel should be considered in reaching a decision and to present any alternatives or permit conditions you feel should be applied to a prospective permit.

If you wish to distribute items to assist in your submission, it is suggested you bring at least six copies along (three for the Councillors, one for staff, one for the applicant and one for yourself).

How do I know what the Committee will be considering at the meeting?

As soon as it is available, an IDAC Meeting Agenda (which includes full reports, and a series of separate attachments) will be published in our events calendar for the particular meeting. This usually happens on Friday before the meeting, although occasionally the Agenda is not available until Monday.

How do I find out what happened at the meeting?

Once the meeting is complete, the IDAC Meeting Minutes (which are the official record of the meeting) are published here. These documents are usually made available within a week of the meeting.