• Council Development Application Fee Reductions…

    Council fees are a significant component of the costs associated with a development application.  In some instances the Council fee relates to use area (i.e. higher use area higher fee) with an example being Indoor Sport and Recreation uses where a fee applies for areas up to 200m2 and then from 201m2 – 1,000m2.  The additional costs for a use that is only slightly above the lower area trigger (i.e. 250m2) can be several thousand dollars.  Fortunately Council has a process whereby an Applicant can request a reduced fee via a ‘Fee for Service’ request.  Sufficient justification needs to be…

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  • Low Density Residential Zone – Development Options…

    The Low Density Residential Zone is the most common residential zone within Gold Coast City.  Unfortunately the City Plan provides limited development opportunities for such areas with locational requirements applicable for duplex/dual occupancy developments.  As part of major updates to the City Plan Council are proposing some changes to these areas including removing the restriction that a dual occupancy cannot be located adjacent another dual occupancy and also reducing minimum lot sizes to 400m2 for properties that meet certain requirements.  Importantly Council have also recently provided clear guidance on 400m walking distance requirements for this zone. Contact us for a…

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  • Subdivision Options…

    When looking to subdivide there are several options or alternative approaches that are available.  Standard format plans (typical subdivision of land); community title building format plans (subdivision of approved and completed buildings such as duplexes, town houses, industrial buildings etc); community title standard format plans (subdivision of land but utilising the community title approach) and volumetric subdivisions. We are seeing growth in the community title standard format plan approach to subdivision as it provides title to land as opposed to the building forming the lot boundaries.  Importantly, development applications for standard format community title lots are code assessable on the…

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  • GCCC Building Height Provisions

    The current GCCC City Plan includes building height requirements in both storeys and metres.  Council recently released a new City Plan Practice Note which clarifies Council’s interpretation of these provisions (link below).  This Practice Note highlights a critical issue in that height in metres is measured in a single vertical plane while height in storeys is not.  Instead storeys are measured over the entirety of the building meaning a building that steps up or down a hill with multiple sections or pavilions can trigger as a 3 storey house.  This poses issues for building design on sloping sites in particular…

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  • New Town Planning Website

    We are pleased to release a new website dedicated to the Town Planning section of Michel Group – www.michelgroupplanning.com.au.  We look forward to providing updates on new projects and other useful information related to Town Planning in Queensland.

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