Make sure that you clearly understand what is proposed before you make a submission or objection to a Planning Permit Application. You should inspect the application at the Moira Shire’s office or Councils website during periods in which the application is exhibited. For significant applications it may also be exhibited at additional locations across the Shire.
A submission must:
- State reasons why you are making this submission / objection
- State how you would be affected if a permit is granted
You may wish to use Councils online or downloadable Planning Permit Application Submission / Objection Form, however there is no requirement under the Act that you must use a particular form.
In the event of lodging an objection, the Responsible Authority may reject such objection which it considers has been made primarily to secure or maintain a direct or indirect commercial advantage for the submitter. In this case, the Act applies as if the objection had not been made.
Please be aware that in accordance with Part 4, Section 57(5) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 the Responsible Authority must make a copy of every objection (including personal information of the objector) available for public inspection until the end of the period for which an application may be made for review of a decision on an application.
If your submission is related to an effect on property, please give details of that property and of your interest in it.
If you choose to object to the application before Council makes a decision, Council will inform you of its decision in writing.
If despite your objection, Council decides to grant the permit, you can appeal against the decision to VCAT. The closing date for appeals is 21 days of Council giving notice to you or as otherwise indicated in the notification letter sent to you.
If the Council refuses the application, the applicant can also appeal the decision. The provisions are set out on the Refusal of Planning Permit Application which will be issued at that time.