Flooding and what it means for development

Thanks to our partners Storm Water Consulting for peer-reviewing this blog article. Flooding is a major constraint and has implications for any type of development therefore it needs to be appropriately managed. Many people don’t realise but there are actually four types of flooding, excluding stormwater inundation. Floods can occur from: rivers creeks storm tide… Continue reading Flooding and what it means for development

Rezoning – Is it possible under Queensland’s new Planning Act?

Rezoning is a commonplace term and is relevant to landowners looking to do something with their land that is in conflict with the planning controls that apply. For example, you might wish to build a residential development in a light industrial area. To do this you would need your land rezoned, which is a formal… Continue reading Rezoning – Is it possible under Queensland’s new Planning Act?

Changing your development applications or approval

Queensland’s new Planning Act 2016, introduced in July this year, does not dramatically change the process that existed under the Sustainable Planning Act (SPA) for changes to development applications and approvals but it has an interesting new addition. Under the superseded SPA you could only do a “permissible change” (change to development approval), which could… Continue reading Changing your development applications or approval

ERAs and the town planning process

If you are involved in the industrial, food production, manufacturing or intensive animal industries your town planning process will likely include “Environmentally relevant activities” or ERAs. Basically, ERAs are about applying additional scrutiny to any site usages that have the potential to release emissions, which can impact on the local environment or other nearby land… Continue reading ERAs and the town planning process

Development Application fees in metropolitan Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast

Development Application (DA) assessment fees are charged by Councils for the time and effort they put into assessing your DA. The circumstances in which fees apply varies slightly between Councils. As Town Planners we can give you an indication of fees likely to be incurred for your particular project. All Councils charge fees for assessing… Continue reading Development Application fees in metropolitan Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast

New Planning Act from 3 July

There’s changes afoot for Queensland’s planning industry that will impact communities and developers. From 3 July, a new Planning Act will replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. The Planning Act 2016 is statewide legislation that establishes a framework for land use planning across the state. Basically it is the top level set of rules that… Continue reading New Planning Act from 3 July

Whose turf is it anyway?

If you own a property, or looking to, you’ve probably heard the words: easement, boundaries, and setbacks. You should care about them if you want to know any of the following: What’s your turf (boundary); Who is allowed through or on it (easement); and How close you can build to the street or your neighbours… Continue reading Whose turf is it anyway?

Neighbourhood plans and how they affect your property

The neighbourhood planning process is a way for people within a community to develop a shared vision on the things that affect the local area or “neighbourhood”. It is an invitation from council to have a say on the future of the places where you live and work. A neighbourhood plan assists with managing change,… Continue reading Neighbourhood plans and how they affect your property

Property buying: It pays to do your research

Knowledge is power, and never more so than in the context of purchasing a property. For the purposes of this blog article we’ll focus on residential property. Most people hit open houses with an idea of what they are looking to buy. Their top priorities might be 4 bedrooms, a pool, or perhaps a nice… Continue reading Property buying: It pays to do your research

What is RiskSMART?

RiskSMART is the name of a program used by the Brisbane, Logan and Gold Coast City Councils to assess Development Applications (DA) faster. Its purpose is to assess low risk projects, via an accredited consultant, to cut waiting times for approvals. This streamlined process saves a lot of time and money for eligible projects and… Continue reading What is RiskSMART?