We will register your objection and send you an acknowledgement letter.
Negotiating with the applicant
The applicant and/or Planning Officer may contact you regarding your objection. The applicant may attempt to address your concerns, possibly by offering to make changes to the proposal.
Any negotiations are voluntary; you are not obliged to communicate with the applicant. However, in some cases the negotiation process can result in an outcome that is beneficial to you.
Withdrawing your objection
If you no longer object, you can withdraw your objection by notifying us of this decision in writing. Important: if you withdraw you will no longer be part of the application and lose your rights to speak at any submitters meeting or to later request a review at VCAT.
In some cases, the application can be called-in for decision by Councillors. If this is the case, Council will first hold a Submitters Delegated Committee Meeting. This provides all objectors, as well as the permit applicant, an opportunity to speak to Councillors before they make their decision at a later meeting.
Deciding the application
Your objection will be considered when making a decision. If Council supports the application we will issue a Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit. If we do not support the application we will issue a Notice of Refusal to Grant a Permit. Objectors will be sent a copy of the decision.
If you do not agree with our decision to grant a permit you can request a review of the decision at VCAT.
If the applicant does not agree with our decision to refuse the application, they can request a review of the decision at VCAT. If you have objector review rights, you will receive notice of any VCAT proceeding.
More information: VCAT Review Applications