Access to the Local Traffic Committee

Today’s article comes from a question received about how access and make contact with the Local Traffic Committee.

The question is:

How does one access the committee? I would expect the Local Traffic Committee to review developments as required and initiated /attended to by Council members. Not necessarily “approved”.

Access the Local Traffic Committee

The best way to access and make contact with the Local Traffic Committee is to write to your local council and address the correspondence to the General Manager, for the attention of the Chair of the Local Traffic Committee.

The Chair of the Local Traffic Committee is usually a Council officer who will be able to inform you of when your development will most likely be considered by the Local Traffic Committee.

Structure and formalities of the Local Traffic Committee

The structure and formalities required for Local Traffic Committee means that it is not possible for Local Traffic Committee to make recommendations on an ad-hoc basis.

The Local Traffic Committee is not made up of Council members or Council officers alone. Accordingly, it is not possible to obtain the recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee on an ad-hoc basis. Recommendations can only be made at a meeting of the members.

There are 4 formal members on the Local Traffic Committee:
– 1 representative from Council (usually the Chair of the Local Traffic Committee);
– 1 representative from the RMS;
– 1 representative from the NSW Police; and
– 1 representative for the local State Member of Parliament.

In preparation for the meeting of the members, Council officers prepare reports which are considered by the formal members prior to the Local Traffic Committee meeting. These reports will contain a brief summary of the issues, details of the proposed traffic solution, and proposed recommendations for the formal members. Recommendations are then made at the Local Traffic Committee meeting by the formal members.

Usually the formal members will meet once a month and make their recommendations at that time.

Timing can be critical at the subdivision certificate stage, which is why it is so important to be on top of this as early as possible.

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Alyce is a civil engineer and a practicing lawyer, who has a desire to share her insights on the legal and practical realities of the development industry.