Can’t find what you are looking for or need some clarification? Call in to the Customer Service counter, or telephone Customer Service, on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 8.30am and 4pm and ask to speak to the Planner of the Day. General enquiries can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more detailed planning advice prior to lodging an application, please submit a Prelodgement Enquiry and include the property details, a full description of the proposal and a site plan. Council officers endeavour to respond to Prelodgement Enquiries within 10 business days.
How to Make a Submission
Residents can support or oppose proposed development by making a formal submission, even if they do not live in the area. A submission is a written explanation supporting or opposing a development proposal.
- be in writing and signed by each person who is listed as supporting it; and
- include the name and address of each person who signs it; and
- state what aspects of the plan or proposed development you support or oppose and why; and
- be received by Council during the formal public notification period.
Council needs to understand the reasons behind your submission. For example, if you think the type of development proposed for your area is unsuitable, you need to say why it is unsuitable, not simply that you do not like it.
A person who makes a ‘properly made submission’ is called the ‘submitter’. Once Council considers all submissions, a copy of the decision is sent to everyone who wrote a submission; or the first person on the list of ‘submitters’ if the submission was signed by several people.
Submissions can be made on developments that are ‘impact assessable’. Normally these are complex developments, or those that Council thinks might impact on neighbours, or be potentially unsuitable for an area. Developments that are straightforward, or considered generally suitable, are listed as ‘code assessable’. Residents can make a submission on code assessable developments, however, the submitter will not have any formal rights under the Act.
You can make a submission in writing to:
Attention Manager Sustainable Communities
Douglas Shire Council
PO Box 723
Mossman Qld 4873
It is important that in addition to the information required above, the submission clearly details which development application you are making a submission about.