Queensland’s Planning Act 2016 defines “Operational Works”as follows: “means work, other than building work or plumbing or drainage work, in, on, over or under premises that materially affects premises or the use of premises”. Operational Works (OPW) generally encompasses a range of tasks that will change the site and can include: Earthworks Removing vegetation on… Continue reading What are Operational Works?
In recent years there has been a wave of projects commonly marketed as “freehold townhomes” or “freehold townhouses” around Brisbane. For many this can be confusing as the majority of us are conditioned that typically any form of unit or townhouse is strata titled through a building format plan. In these circumstances there is a… Continue reading What are freehold townhomes & do you want one?
There is a common term used in real estate and development being “splitter” blocks. This article explores the differences between the two and implications in Queensland. Depending on who you talk to this could mean two entirely different things. Some people mean a site that is already 2 lots but on 1 title, whilst others… Continue reading What is the difference between a “splitter” and a “subdivision”?
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?
*UPDATE: the Planning Act 2016 has commenced since this article was written, refer to updated information on our website by clicking here. Developments generally fall into one of three major categories, being “self-assessable”, “code assessable” or “impact assessable” under a Council Planning Scheme. These assessments are managed by Councils under the rules and development assessment… Continue reading The Difference Between Self-Assessable, Code and Impact Assessable Developments