Design Review Panel

Design Review Panel

The Town of Cambridge Design Review Panel (DRP) is responsible for providing independent advice to the Council and applicants on the architectural quality of new developments in the Town.

The DRP reviews proposals and provides advice on ten design principles specified in Local Planning Policy 1.3: Design Review Panel(PDF, 159KB) . 

Design review offers applicants the chance to seek technical feedback and resolve complex issues to achieve the best possible design outcome.

Applicants are encouraged to seek DRP advice before lodging a Development Application for approval.

The DRP performs an advisory function only. Although the DRP does not have decision-making powers, its advice will be taken into consideration in the planning assessment and conveyed to the decision-makers once a formal Development Application is lodged.

Design Review Panel Members

DRP members are appointed by Council in accordance with Clause 66A of the Town of Cambridge Local Planning Scheme No. 1 and Local Planning Policy 1.3: Design Review Panel.

The current Design Review Panel consists of the following members:

Primary Members Deputy Members 
 Tony Blackwell  Robin Burnage
Barbara Gdowski   Joe Chindarsi
Philip Griffiths   Neil Cownie
 Malcom Mackay  Hans Oerlemans
 Gordana Nesic-Simic  Mark Young

Design Review Panel Meetings

Applicants are encouraged to attend DRP meetings to present their proposal and receive feedback from the panel members.  Please submit your applications to Planning Services 15 working days prior to the DRP meeting.  These meetings are closed to the public and are held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10am as detailed below:

Meeting Date  Time
Thursday, 24 October 2019 10:00am
Thursday, 28 November 2019 10:00am
Thursday, 26 December 2019 Not Required
Thursday, 23 January 2020 10:00am
Thursday, 27 February 2020 10:00am 
Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:00am 
Thursday, 23 April 2020  10:00am
 Thursday, 28 May 2020  10:00am
 Thursday, 25 June 2020 10:00am
Thursday, 23 July 2020  10:00am
Thursday, 27 August 2020  10:00am
 Thursday, 24 September 2020  10:00am
 Thursday, 22 October 2020  10:00am
 Thursday, 28 November 2020  10:00am

Which developments are referred to the DRP?

  • Any proposal that includes the construction of a building that is 3 storeys or greater in height (above natural ground level), excluding single residential dwellings;
  • Any proposals of ten or more grouped dwellings;
  • All proposals with a multiple dwelling component;
  • Proposal for non-residential development abutting Residential zoned land, which, in the opinion of the Town, is likely to have a significant impact on the adjoining properties, surrounding area, or the locality;
  • Any proposals that meet the mandatory requirement to be determined by the Joint Development Assessment Panel;
  • Any proposals for public works of regional significance;
  • Any other proposal, planning matter, or project, which in the opinion of the Town, the Town would benefit from obtaining the DRP's comments, including, but not limited to:
    • Studies relating to special areas or precincts;
    • Proposed Local Planning Policies or Policies that have planning implications, as appropriate;
    • Planning strategies or principles newly proposed or under review, as appropriate;
    • Proposed Local Development Plans, as appropriate;
    • Proposed amendments to the Local Planning Scheme , as appropriate; and
    • Any other matters related to the design of buildings.

The Design Review Process

  1. Read Local Planning Policy 1.3: Design Review Panel(PDF, 159KB) for an overview of the process and application requirements.
  2. If you are unsure whether your development needs review by the DRP contact the Town on 9347 6000, or by mail@cambridge.wa.gov.au.
  3. Provide the relevant documents to the Town 15 working days in advance of the meeting date.
  4. Development reviewed by DRP and feedback provided to applicant.