Robert Slapp


Robert is a highly skilled planning professional with more than 40 years’ experience in local government, including 33 years as a qualified town planner. He has a thorough knowledge of all elements of strategic and statutory planning, land and engineering survey design and local government administration.

Robert has outstanding communication, conciliation and mediation skills. He is held in high esteem by colleagues and the development industry for his professionalism, ethical standards and his open, practical approach to planning, ranging from minor development applications through to highly technical and complex planning matters, and everything in between.

Robert’s areas of specialisation include:

  • Local Government policy formulation
  • Local environmental plan and development control plan preparation
  • Public consultation
  • Special projects planning
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Land use and resource planning

Specific examples of Robert’s experience include:

Hornsby Shire Council

  • Development of the concept plan and strategic plan for the Cherrybrook Residential Release Area (designed population 25,000 people).
  • Car parking strategies for the commercial centres of Hornsby and Thornleigh.
  • Preparation of major local environmental assessment plans including the Sydney to Newcastle Freeway Extension.
  • Major planning scheme review for the sub-region Hornsby to Epping.
  • Responsible for the processing and assessment of development applications relating to foreshore development – Hawkesbury River, Cowan and Berowra Creeks.
  • A number of major retirement villages, residential flat developments and industrial buildings.
  • Land and Environment Court experience.

Bright/Alpine Shire Councils (Victoria)

  • Co-ordination of major review of the Bright Planning Scheme.
  • Co-ordination of rural residential planning strategies for the sub-region Bright to Harrietville.
  • Co-ordination of black and white mapping bases for the Bright Planning Scheme.
  • Numerous planning scheme amendments.
  • Co-ordinating the consolidation of planning schemes (Bright, Omeo, Oxley, Yackandandah Shires) post local government amalgamation.
  • Mount Beauty streetscape improvement works.
  • A number of major residential developments, commercial buildings and tourist facilities (sub-alpine and alpine).
  • A number of multi lot subdivisions.
  • A major processing plant – emu processing.
  • Victorian Administrative Planning Appeals Tribunal experience.
  • Appointments – Local Tourism Committee .

Bega Valley Shire Council

  • Policy formulation and review.
  • Review of Bega Valley Local Environmental Plans 2002 and 2013.
  • Review of multiple Development Control Plans.
  • Major subdivisions – Eden Cove Stage 1 (155 lots), Mirador (320 lots).
  • Major seniors housing developments – Bega, Tura Beach, Eden.
  • Variety of residential, commercial and industrial developments.
  • Marina Development Cattle Bay Eden (155 berth) and associated shore-based facilities.
  • Bega to Yellow Pinch water main construction – environmental review.
  • Current appointments – Development Advisory Panel member, Police Liaison Committee.
  • Land and Environment Court experience.


  • General public
  • Development industry
  • Professional colleagues
  • Local Government and State agencies
  • Joint Regional Planning Panels
  • Legal practitioners
  • NSW Land and Environment Court
  • VIC Administrative Planning Appeals


  • Diploma Town and Country Planning, Mitchell College of Advance Education 1985
  • Planning Qualification by Examination for certification pursuant to Local Government Act – Ordinance 1985.
  • Diploma Land and Engineering Survey Design, Sydney Technical College 1978
  • Dispute Mediation 1996
  • Protection of the Environment: Authorised Officer, University of Western Sydney 2002
  • Building Regulation Short Course, University of Western Sydney 2002/2003
  • Advanced Building Regulation Short Course, University of Western Sydney 2007/2008