2.4 Step 4 - The hearing

Who is involved in this step?

The full DLC and the parties to the hearing (the applicant, the agencies, and members of the public who have lodged an objection) are involved in this step. Any other persons granted leave to appear and be heard are also involved.

Council staff may be involved in an administrative or advisory role.

This step covers

2.4.1     Legal requirements for Step 4: what the Act says

  • Powers of the DLC
  • Hearings are public
  • The right to appear
  • Evidence

2.4.2     Best practice guidance for DLCs for Step 4

  • The nature of hearings
  • Who attends hearings?
  • The day of the hearing has arrived: what do you need to do?
  • During the hearing: what do you need to do?
  • The format of a hearing
  • Evidence: what is it and how should it be used?
  • Managing exhibits