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Objections and comments

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It is important to us that you have a say in the development of Woollahra. As a part of the Development Application (DA) process, proposed developments are advertised to the public for comment.

Methods of advertising include:

  • Posting notices at the site of the proposed development
  • Mailing nearby residents a summary of the proposed development
  • Advertising in the Wentworth Courier
  • Providing a list of current DAs open for comment on this website

For details and guidelines on how we advertise and notify DAs, view Chapter A2 - Advertising and Notification - Woollahra Development Control Plan 2015 (PDF)

Applications are advertised for a limited time, of 15 days for local development. In the case of designated development 30 days. At any time, you can view current DAs open for comment.

Object or comment on a DA

  1. If you are concerned that the amenity of your property will be adversely affected by a development proposal, you may make a submission by way of objection. That submission should clearly set the reasons why you are concerned with a development proposal.
  2. Our assessment officers and other relevant Council professionals will carefully examine your concerns against the applicant's reasonable expectation to develop or use their land. That assessment will be formally carried out according to Council's controls and the relevant provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
  3. If the application is amended by the applicant through the process, and those amended plans are considered to have a greater impact than the original proposal, you will be advised by further notification. If the amendments are considered the same or of a lesser impact, then your earlier submission will be included in the assessment but the amended plans will not be renotified.
  4. The level at which an application is determined will depend on the nature and cost of the development and whether or not our elected Councillors feel they need to be involved. If the application is to be determined by the Application Assessment Panel (AAP) or the Development Control Committee (DCC), we will advise you in writing of the meeting date, time, and location. The table below indicates at which level of delegation applications will be determined:
Level of Determination Type of Development Cost of Development
  • Where required by law
  • Reviews from DCC
Development Control Committee
  • Reviews from AAP
  • New marinas, child care, schools, licensed hotels/clubs, boarding houses
  • Demolition of heritage or contributory items
  • DAs that exceed a development standard by more than >10%
Application Assessment Panel
  • Reviews from staff
  • New RFBs, commercial and mixed use development
  • Licensed premises (excluding hotels/clubs)
Application Review Panel
  • Any type of development not listed above
  • Refuse or reject an application
  • Any type of development not listed above
  1. Applications which, according to our delegations, are of a public interest will be referred to either the Application Assessment Panel (comprises three (3) senior staff of Council) or the Development Control Committee (comprises of seven (7) elected Councillors plus the Mayor) for determination.
  2. If the application is to be determined by the Application Assessment Panel or the Development Control Committee, we will advise you in writing of the meeting date, time and location. You are welcome to attend these meetings and you will be given the opportunity to verbally present a summary of your submission before a decision is made.
  3. If you believe that an application should be determined by the Application Assessment Panel or Development Control Committee, you may contact a Councillor who may, at their discretion and if good reason is given, call the application to the Application Assessment Panel or Development Control Committee. Councillors must call items listed on the agenda of the Application Assessment Panel by 3pm on the day before the meeting.

More information about determination (approval or rejection).

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