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.