Saving in Construction

We have seen a recent trend of Brisbane City Council applying a condition of approval for footpath upgrades for minor subdivisions.  This condition can add significant development costs that have not previously been common for splitter blocks in Brisbane.  We have managed to negotiate to remove the condition on some of our recent approvals, which…

Don’t make the same mistake

Allan Van Planning always try to identify and resolve issues in the complicated planning and surveying industries.  We recently became involved in assisting someone with a longstanding relationship within another firm.  Allan quickly highlighted what had been missed and worked to fix the problem swiftly for the client.  Their response is below: “Firstly, thanks for…

Negotiations Reduce Costs

We have found in recent times that local governments are making the easy decision to refuse applications that ‘don’t tick all the boxes’ in order for them to be resolved within an appeal.  In speaking with specialist Planning Solicitors, we have found that Council will take all experts to early mediation, which adds significant costs…

2020 – What a year

Whilst Allan Van Planning primarily works within South East Queensland, when we look at our job list for the year we have worked with the following Planning Schemes: Cairns Townsville Gladstone Noosa Sunshine Coast Morton Bay Regional Western Downs Regional Lockyer Valley Regional Ipswich Scenic Rim Regional Brisbane Logan Gold Coast Newcastle in NSW Albury…

Good Clients

Daniel and I have a lot of fun at Allan Van Planning. We have some great clients that give us all sorts of challenges to solve for them.Some of the recent jobs we have successfully completed in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Gold Coast, Morton Bay, Toowoomba  and the Scenic Rim are: A Camel Farm Two Pharmaceutical…

Brisbane Town Planning Changes

We are seeing a number of opinions regarding the recent decision for amendments to the Brisbane City Plan 2014 to remove the ability to allow for townhouses (multiple dwellings) in the Low Density Residential Zoned land within the City and increase the car parking rate for development.  It is a concern what drove the Council…

Change to Approval

Brisbane City Council have commenced a Development Assurance Auditing Program to pick sites at random to ensure new development reflects the various approvals in place.  We have found that building certifiers are not being as subjective with minor changes to approved plans, subsequently requiring ‘change to approval’ applications.  We can facilitate change applications swiftly given…

Compliance Action

We have found a sharp increase in compliance action from local governments again in recent time.  We are handling responses to show cause notices in record numbers with local governments seemingly responding swiftly to residents complaints.  Brisbane City Council and Gold Coast City Council seem very active in their compliance action and we are assisting…

Show Cause Notice

We are experiencing a rise in compliance action from many local governments, including Brisbane and Gold Coast City Councils.  Compliance action can be very serious, however we are able to assist with responding to the notice, negotiating an outcome whereby an application may not be necessary or submitting a development application to resolve the matter…

Gold Coast Gyms

We have noticed a recent rise in show cause action surrounding gyms in the Gold Coast City Council area. Gyms will typically require planning approval for Indoor Sport and Recreation where they are not in a Centre Zone. The Gold Coast Planning Scheme is favorable to accommodating gyms in industrial areas, provided the car parking…