Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 1. How do I find out about development proposals?

There is generally no requirement to notify/advertise a DA (Development Application) to the wider community.

  • Council Officers,  may where it is deemed necessary expand notification requirements and submission timeframes if, in the opinion of Council it would be in the public interest to do so
  • Council can exercise discretion as to whether to notify community groups
  • Apart from placing a notice on the building itself,  DAs are usually only notified to specified neighbours; DAs for state heritage listed items are publicly notified.

  • 2. How do I have a voice in Council decisions about development proposals?

As explained above, firstly you need to know about the proposal. You can then make a submission within a given timeframe.

To make a submission it is an advantage to be aware of the controls  in the legislated Local Environmental Plan and policies in the Development Control Plan policies,  as there is no requirement for developers to heed these planning instruments, including height limits, heritage protections and other controls when submitting a DA. Hence some developers can and do lodge proposals that are non- compliant, and they do request exemptions.  The expertise of Council staff is needed to head off the DA by requesting information or asking the developer to go back to the drawing board.

This process is not only inefficiently wastes the time of Council staff and the community, but potentially opens a door to inappropriate  development, particularly as there is now generally no requirement to notify/advertise most DAs beyond immediate neighbours.

So how do you have a voice?  With difficulty. The submission period is quite short, not usually more than two weeks from the time the DA is posted on the DA tracker on the Council’s  website. A CRAG objective is to monitor development applications. Being a community group we trust that Council will use its discretion to advise us by letter. However as this is discretionary CRAG does its best to monitor the DA tracker.