Have your say on development applications
  • Saturday 10 October 2015

Whether you support or oppose a development, it is easy to make your opinion count.

Submissions can be made on any application that is required to be publicly notified (applications must be publicly notified if any part of the application required impact assessment, or the application is for a preliminary approval to vary the effect of a local planning instrument).

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 requires a submission be:

  • in writing, and unless made electronically, be signed by each person making the submission,
  • be received during the notification period
  • state the name and residential or business address of each person making the submission,
  • state the grounds of the submission and the facts and circumstances relied on in support of the grounds, and
  • be addressed to the assessment manager.

When making a submission, it is important to focus on planning issues such as whether the proposed use is consistent with the zoning for the area, whether the scale and design is compatible with surrounding development, how the development interfaces with adjoining properties, traffic and car parking issues, hours of operation, impact on drainage, how the development fits with objectives to protect and enhance the natural environment.

The submission should also include any supporting evidence or documentation.

For further information click here.

First appeared in Sunshine Coast Daily 9 October 2015