We Need Common Sense Planning Rules!
Common sense is the oft-overlooked ingredient when it comes to making planning decisions that are good for everyone involved. The primary objective of planning is to...
Property Subdivision: Council’s Town Planning Process
If you are planning to subdivide a property or propose to build a single dwelling on a lot size smaller than the minimum allowed by your...
Subdivisions: Should Neighbourhood Character Rule?
People tend to love timeless architecture, be it a street lined with Victorian era homes or an inner city road dotted with clever contemporary architecture, some...
Property Subdivision: The Basics
What makes a design solution acceptable to your local Victorian council?
Zoning on the Run Compounds Family Housing Woes
Council zoning decisions made on the run can keep parents from helping their loved ones get into an already difficult to enter housing market.
Property Development: Can Effective Communication Produce Dividends?
Recently, I attended council meetings at three different councils, for three different clients and three different planning applications.
Property Development: Should Councils Be Liable for Loss?
A frustrated couple met me recently complaining that their dreams and plans were shattered by their local council. Thinking it is best to weigh up the...
Property Subdivision: Off the Shelf vs Bespoke
Recently, I had a discussion with a young couple about to embark on their first property development.
Property Subdivision: Are Town Planning Permits Guaranteed?
A very successful town planning lawyer once advised me that offering a property subdivision guarantee in a world of so many variables was a high-risk promise...