SIX months after an application was lodged for a controversial broiler farm at Wallington, the council is yet to make a decision.
And residents want answers.
The City of Greater Geelong has received more than 300 objections to the proposed farm, which would house 339,000 chickens in six sheds on a property at 161 Curlewis Rd, near Adventure Park.
Bellarine Guardians spokesman Terry Cleland, a horse breeder whose land borders the proposed site, said the uncertainty had forced him to put his own plans on hold.
A City spokesman said the council was waiting for the applicant, Indented Head's Mark O'Ryan, to provide more information.
But residents fear Mr O'Ryan could bypass the local planning process if the council does not act soon.
State planning laws allow developers to apply directly to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal if the council does not make a decision within 60 days.
Former councillor Tony Ansett urged the City of Greater Geelong to stand up for residents and reject the application, describing the delay as "a cop-out".
"It really annoys me when they just handball it to VCAT," he said.
Mr Ansett said there was nothing stopping the council from making a decision on the matter immediately.
Mr O'Ryan yesterday told The Geelong Advertiser he would take the matter to VCAT, where he believed his application would be successful.
Read more on The Geelong Advertiser.