• Swarup Dutta

What the heck is a NoD?

Geelong Council likes this nine unit project.

The town planning process was simple:

Submit the Planning Application.


Council assessed the design and issued a Request For Further Information (RFI).

In this application, we had to redesign one of the front units. Council's arborist felt a new driveway would impact on the tree's root system . The tree was on the nature strip which belongs to Council. After the redesign we submitted a response to the RFI.


Council then proceeded to Advertising Stage. A fee was paid to council who mailed out details of the Application to the neighbours and advertised the plans on its website for 14 days. A sign was laced on the front fence of the land. Council received 3 objections from neighbours to the Application. One of the objectors withdrew their objection.


Despite the 2 remaining objections, Council was satisfied the design was worthy of its support for a Planning Permit.

If there were no objections a normal Planning Permit would have been issued. However, due to the two objections Council issued a Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit to the applicant (AuArchitecture) and sent copies to the objectors.

The objectors have 28 days to pay a fee and file an appeal to the VCAT.

If they do, VCAT will set a hearing date where the objectors present their reasons for their objections and Council's representative will present Council's views on why the Permit should be issued with conditions.

If the objectors do not file an appeal at the VCAT, Council will replace the NoD with a normal Planning Permit after 28 days has expired..

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