Please read the following before making an objection to a planning application that is on public exhibition to the responsible authority (the council).
These points will help you to comply with the Planning and Environment Act 1987
and will also assist our planning officers to understand your application.
- Make sure you clearly understand what is proposed before you make an objection. It is essential that you inspect the application at our office before making a submission;
- To make an objection you should clearly state the application number, proposal, and applicant;
- An objection should explain why you object to the application; and how you would be affected if a permit is granted;
- We may reject a submission which we consider has been made primarily to secure or maintain a direct or indirect commercial advantage for the objector. In this case, the Act applies as if the objection had not been made;
- The Planning and Environment Act 1987 requires us to make available for inspection, any submission made to an application including the name and address of the submitter. The Privacy Act does not override this legislation;
- If your objection relates to an effect on property other than at your address as shown on your letter received, give details of that property and of your interest in it;
- To ensure we consider your objection, make sure that we receive it by the date shown in the notice you were sent or which you saw in a newspaper or on the site and include your name, postal address and contact number;
- If you object before we make a decision; we will tell you of our decision;
- Please note that we do not place greater weight on petitions over individual submissions;
- If despite your objection to us, we decide to grant the permit, you can appeal against the decision. Details of the appeal procedures are set out on the back of the notice of decision which you will receive. An appeal must be made on a prescribed form (obtained from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) and accompanied by the prescribed fee. A copy of your application for review must be given to us, the applicant for the planning approval and any referral authority. Any appeals must be made within 21 days of us giving notice of our decision; and
- If we refuse the application, the applicant can also appeal. These provisions are set out on the refusal of planning application, which will be issued at that time.
Objections must be signed, and made in writing to:
PO Box 923,
Wodonga VIC 3690