1. THINK POSITIVE
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.
2. RELATE TO TOWN PLANNING ISSUES
When writing about a new development, your words will have the most impact if you 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.
3. 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 should be available on your local council’s website.
4. BE SPECIFIC AND STAY ON TOPIC
Don’t let your positivity get lost in all the words.
5. SEND YOUR SUBMISSION DURING FORMAL CONSULTATION PERIOD
This is the only way to make your submission legally count. It also means that Council will notify you of its decisions, and you will have appeal rights in court. You can waiver your appeal rights and certainly don’t need to take further action.
6. SIGN YOUR SUBMISSION
If you are sending a hard copy, make sure each person making the submission signs it. For email submissions, include each submitters’ name and residential or business address.
*Your submission will be a legal document and on the public record. Council may choose to redact your details, but it is not obliged to. The applicant will receive notice of the names and addresses of all properly made submitters so that they can notify them if they appeal the decision in court.
7. SPREAD THE WORD
Tell your friends, family, and network about the proposed good development outcomes and encourage them to write a positive submission too! The silent majority has a voice—help make it louder!
8. USE YOUR OWN WORDS
This will have the most impact. Well done if you have convinced others to make a positive submission! However, resist the temptation to submit multiple copies of the same submission with a different signature, as this could dilute its impact.
For inspiration, see previous submissions made by YIMBY Qld.
For more information about making a submission, visit Get involved with development.