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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Development Delays for Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ipswich

We are currently experiencing pre-global financial crises delays with applications in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ipswich areas. A record input of applications and strained resources has contributed to the delays. Further complicating things in Brisbane is the introduction of the Brisbane City Plan 2014, which means Council are faced with assessment of old applications in…

2014 Planning Scheme Changes in Queensland

2014 is going to be a big year in changes to Planning Schemes all over the State. Many Cities have draft schemes well under way or already published and only waiting on State Government Approval. There are subtle changes in all of the new schemes, ranging from Definitions of Uses to major rezoning to various…