After various meetings with land owners, residents and the Nillumbik Shire Council, it appears VicRoads has settled on a modified version of what was known as Option 1, incorporating some suggestions from the Council. We await the detailed plans.
Our understanding is that we expect a Public Acquisition Overlay to be in place by the end of the year, with the acquisition process to take place at a later date. However, as we discussed at our information evening in July, the decision is open to change and is still our best guess.
Once the PAO is in place, the next step in the process is the issuing of a Notice of Intention to Acquire (NOIA) and then a Notice of Acquisition (NOA). The time to engage us for advice is when you consider making any changes to your land interests or lifestyle and, regardless of your plans, the moment you receive a NOIA.
While it can be helpful to talk to the relevant government bodies and authorities, we strongly encourage you to first talk to one of the select few lawyers who work in this particular area of law. It makes sense to enter any discussion or negotiation with some background on the issues from lawyers who represent your interest. At Aitken Partners, we only represent landowners and tenants.
Feel free to have a read of the other compulsory acquisition blogs on this website and familiarise yourself with the attached information booklet. However, nothing will be as helpful as a chat with us about your particular situation and your options for the future.