Sometimes properties can have services on the site that are not under the control of the owner. Examples of this include power, gas, water, stormwater and sewerage infrastructure. If you purchase a property that has any of these, you may have an actual easement or restriction that applies to the site. An easement is on… Continue reading What having services on your site means for property owners
Given how long it can take for a development plan to come to fruition from land purchase through to approvals there can be changes to a Planning Scheme that may adversely impact a site. Conversely there can also be changes that give significant uplift to the development potential of a site. For situations where a… Continue reading When you can get town planning approval under an old (superseded) planning scheme
Land can be physically subdivided and each parcel owned by a party, which is typically what is meant when people refer to a “subdivision”. Alternatively, a building can be divided into multiple lots and this is commonly referred to as “strata titling” or a “strata title subdivision”. The word strata means “one of a number… Continue reading The difference between a strata title and a land subdivision
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?
Landowners on larger parcels may be able to subdivide their lot to create two smaller lots. The increased cost of housing might make a smaller lot attractive to people looking to do less maintenance or downsize. Brisbane City Council allows different lot sizes dependent on your zoning and how close you are to “centres”, which… Continue reading Subdividing land into small lots in Brisbane
Overland flow happens when there is a lot of rain and water runs across the land. These are natural paths that water likes to flow along and into stormwater drains or local creeks after running off neighbouring properties and driveways or rising from the ground. Generally, development should not block this flow of water as… Continue reading Should you go with the (overland) flow?
Most of us think about gravity in a scientific sense or (for the older among us) your mind might be cast back to The Curiosity Show experiments or NASA space exploration. Surprisingly, gravity is important in development when it comes to services. Major urban utilities we rely upon being sewerage infrastructure and stormwater mains are… Continue reading Why gravity matters in development
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?
One of the most common queries we receive is how many apartments, units or townhouses can be built on a particular site. Developers call this yield and it’s important because it helps calculate a project’s potential profit. Calculating yield is not as easy as A + B = C. There are a number of factors… Continue reading Why you can’t get a straight answer on site yield
Brisbane City Council adopted changes into the City Plan last month in a bid to streamline planning approvals for aged care and retirement accommodation. These changes formalise many incentives and changes that were first introduced by council in 2016 to encourage more of this accommodation type. An ageing population means there is going to be… Continue reading BCC changes to aged care and retirement accommodation a positive step