WHAT do I say in my submission?
To counter NIMBY negativity, write a submission that focuses on what you like about a draft neighbourhood plan or proposed new development. Or, if there’s something concerning you, suggest how council could resolve the issue.
When writing about a new development, your words will have the most impact if you are specific and address the positives of the development in relation to town planning issues. For example, how it adds to the amenity of the area or how it benefits the local environment.
Give your submission a title. This will make it easier for Council to process. If you are writing about a proposed new development, include the council application number and the site address. These details will be available on your local council’s website.
If you’ve convinced others to make a positive submission, that’s fantastic! However, resist the temptation to submit multiple copies of the same submission with a different signature, as this could dilute its impact. Assessment managers are interested in what you have to say in your own words.
Be constructive, be specific, be yourself.
HOW do I make “properly made submission”?
You must include the name, email address, and residential or business address of each person making the submission. For physical copies, the submission must also be signed by each person making the submission.
Make sure you send your submission during the official consultation period. This means that you will be notified of the assessment manager’s decision, and you will have appeal rights in court. You can waiver your appeal rights and certainly don’t need to take further action.
WHERE do I send my submission?
This will depend on who the assessment manager for the development application is. In most cases, this will be the local government; you can check your local government’s website for where and how you can send your submission.
For inspiration, see previous submissions made by YIMBY Qld.