_Mediation through VCAT : Telecommunications Facility  

On behalf of a client, Collie objected to a planning permit application for a telecommunications facility proposed to be constructed almost on the boundary of an approved masterplanned community in a Geelong major growth area at Armstrong Creek.

Following the objection, a notice of decision to grant a planning permit was issued by the City of Greater Geelong and Collie appealed the decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). 

The proposed telecommunications facility consists of an approximately 30 metres tall monopole in a services compound.

Before the VCAT hearing, Collie was successful in negotiating with the permit applicant to increase the setbacks of the monopole by 18 metres as well to require the planting of a substantial landscape buffer along the site boundary, to partly screen the visibility of the tower from future dwellings and private open space.

Collie is pleased that a varied compromise planning permit has been issued and that the permit applicant was able to proceed with the project without the added expense and delays associated with a VCAT hearing.