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…

How can we help you subdivide your property

Subdivision is a great way to add value to your property with limited risk. The subdivision process has 3 basic stages – the time to completion ranges between 6 to 9 months. This is, of course dependent on the scale of the subdivision and extent of works required. Stage 1 – Council Applications First Step…

Influx of High-Rise Residential Developments in Brisbane

There has been an influx of high-rise residential development in the more recent Neighbourhood Planning areas of Brisbane.  We have prepared and lodged a number of development applications for developments in West End, Woolloongabba, Greenslopes and Lutwyche as well as provided property advice on a number of other sites.  A trap for high-rise development has…

Change to Approvals

We achieved a great result through a change to approval application for a Newstead high-rise residential development.  We were able to negotiate an increased yield for the development by changing the top level of the building from 4 x 2 bedroom units, to 4 units comprising of 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedrooms over 2…

Industrial Development On The Rise In Brisbane

We have seen a significant increase in industrial development in the Brisbane and Ipswich Regions in recent time.  Changes in Brisbane City Plan 2014 resulted in different thresholds for industrial uses, generally resulting in a reduced level of assessment, therefore reduced risk to the developer.  The favourable change appears to be attracting business development in…

Shift and Realign Now Easier

A change to the minimum lot width and minimum side setbacks in the Brisbane City Plan 2014 has made it easier to facilitate development of ‘splitter blocks’ with pre-1946 houses. Previously the minimum lot width was 10m and minimum side setbacks 1.5m (to wall), which meant that the existing pre-1946 house on the site would…