Comment on a Development Application

Your Council needs to hear the opinions of local people, organisations and businesses before they make a decision on a Development Application (DA). Submissions must be lodged with Council by the end of the stated submission period.


Who can comment

Many Development Applications are publicised for at least 14 days by various means, including letter, site notice or publication within the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. Anyone can make a comment during this time. Visit Georges River Council’s Track a DA page to view the applications: link to GRC’s webpage.

Everyone has a right to be involved in the planning process. If you have difficultly reviewing the planning documents, Council will assist you to ensure your voice is heard. For all information on the planning approval process, contact Georges River Council.


Comment in writing

Find the application by searching Council’s website using the reference number, address or postcode.

Quote the reference number of the application and provide your own name, postal address and contact details with your submission.

Use Georges River Council’s Make a Submission page to upload your submission as a PDF or MS Word document: link to GRC’s webpage.

You can also deliver your submission to any Georges River Council Customer Service Centre, or post it Council’s mailing address to be received by the submission close.


Taking your views into account

Many decisions are taken by Council officers under ‘delegated powers’, after consideration of any submissions. Where an application is to be decided by either the State Government appointed Georges River CouncilLocal Planning Panel (LPP), a summary of all submissions received are included in the Council officer’s report to them.


What comments can be made

You can write by way of support or objection to any Development Application. If you are making an objection, Council will take into account valid reasons to object. 


What is a valid objection to a planning application?

Here are some of the most common objections (although not an exhaustive list):

  • Type of land use is inappropriate, or being over-developed
  • Layout and density of building
  • Design, appearance, character and materials
  • Loss of light or overshadowing
  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Visual amenity (but not loss of private view)
  • Adequacy of parking/loading/turning
  • Highway safety
  • Traffic generation
  • Road access
  • Disabled persons’ access 
  • Noise and disturbance resulting from use
  • Hazardous materials
  • Smells
  • Solar panels
  • Landscaping
  • Loss of trees
  • Nature conservation
  • Archaeology
  • Effect on heritage listed building and heritage conservation area 
  • Local, strategic, regional and national planning policies
  • Government circulars, orders and statutory instruments
  • Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)