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Advertising of Planning Applications
The Victorian planning system ensures that people affected by a planning decision can comment on what is proposed before the decision is made.¬†
Some classes of application are exempt from notice and appeal rights. Where an application is not exempt from the notice provisions, a decision will be made¬†whether notice (advertising) will be given to the owners and occupiers of adjoining properties or any other person, and how the notice will be given.
Any written comments received during the advertising period are called submissions. Submissions opposing a proposal are objections. Council must consider all written submissions when making a decision about an application.
While submissions are usually lodged during the fourteen day advertising period, submissions may be lodged with Council up to the time it makes a decision. However, it is recommended that comments are lodged within the advertising period.
An objection must be in writing and must clearly state how the application will affect the objector. Furthermore, it should be based on legitimate town planning issues.
If you make a written submission, you will be notified by Council if the matter goes to a public meeting, known as a focus meeting. Objectors will also be notified by mail of Council's decision.
Submissions are not confidential and name and address details are available to the public and the applicant.
To lodge an objection you need to write a letter, which includes your name and contact details (including address), the planning application number, address of the property in question, and a statement of how the proposal will affect you.
You can lodge your written objection by:
Post:¬†Manager Planning, Towong Shire Council, PO Box 55, Tallangatta 3700
Please clearly state 'objection to (insert planning application number)' in the subject line.
In person:¬†At Council's customer service centres at Tallangatta or Corryong. Click here for details.¬†
Council is not always the final arbiter of an application. A permit applicant or an objector may lodge an appeal with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) if dissatisfied with Council's decision.
Rights of appeal are summarised on the notice of decision that is mailed to all parties. Further information can be obtained from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Hurst Quarry Documents
In accordance with the direction of the Victorian Civil and administrative Tribunal (VCAT), Towong Shire has made available the reports tendered by the applicant. These documents are the basis on which the applicant will appeal Council's decision to refuse planning permit application 2014/049.
VCAT will hear the matter at the Wodonga Magistrates Court 17 ‚Äď 19 February 2016 and in Melbourne 22 ‚Äď 24 February 2016. The VCAT reference number is P143/2015. Any enquiries should be directed to the Planning department of Towong Shire Council on 02 6071 5100. ¬† Documents are provided by downloading the following files: