It is a busy time for everyone as we try to organise for Christmas and tie up loose ends before the end of the year.

For Council’s Statutory Planning Department it is their busiest time of the year with high volume of planning applications received. Council officers are working hard to process the applications within very tight timeframes.

These timeframes are set by the state government in the Planning and Environment Act. When a planning application is advertised a time is specified in the notice indicating that any submissions should be lodged by the specified date. This normally involves a minimum 14 day notice period.

It is important to make every effort to lodge your concerns within this timeframe. However, planning legislation also requires that Council consider every submission received until the decision is actually made. The time taken to assess submissions and to raise these with the applicant often means a delay in making a decision.

This will effectively provide you with more time but it is impossible to be certain about the time taken by this process. If a decision is taken before you make a submission Council is unable to consider your submission or change the decision.

You can always lodge a brief submission initially and add to this a short time later if you are struggling for time.

If you are concerned about lodging a submission in time, please contact the Statutory Planning Department by calling 9278 4888 or emailing [email protected].

Cr Phillip Healey


Public notice of planning applications NOT completed by Monday 19th December 2016 MUST continue through to Monday 6th February 2017.

Public notice of planning applications STARTED on or after Tuesday 6th December 2016 MUST run for the period through to Monday 6th February 2017.

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