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Dealing with council

Warnings and allowances

Council officers aren’t idiots! They have heard all the tall stores before! And a lot worse! Many times!

Always be respectful of council officers. They are the professionals! Not the politicians! Openly discuss what you want to achieve and seek their honest feedback. Discuss issues without heat and be prepared to offer alternatives to any of their comments. Take on board their comments and adjust your design if appropriate.

Remember you are creating your business.

At this stage also you might find it beneficial to discuss points that you think are contentious with your neighbours. We find that it is usually well received and makes the process smoother.

Your Architects should now make the necessary changes to satisfy you and also Council. The design itself must be buildable and fit within your costing feasibility.

Your Architects can proceed to complete the design and all the necessary drawings and coordinate documents that are necessary for lodgement for a Planning Permit.

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Site Restrictions/Opportunities

Assessing what is a good potential development site


Size, shape and location, location, location will be fundamental information that will govern the suitability of a site for development.


Site impediments include easements, contaminants, surrounding buildings, traffic hazards, flooding, fire, sloping site and vegetation.


Site opportunities include: views, proximity to natural or other local features, orientation to the sun, vegetation and sloping site.


A trusted and experienced professional will be able to assess the site impediments. Usually the opportunities are obvious and why you are looking at the property in the first place. Your trusted professional can carry out a preliminary site analysis and plans. Site plans will enable calculations showing the yield on the property and size of each unit.


There are many types of easements including party wall easements, sewerage easement, stormwater easement and carriageway easement. Easements can often be expunged and any assets re-diverted but sometimes at great cost.