• Glamping Tents in Longreach

    Exploring Australia’s unique landscape and rural townships is more popular than ever and outback Queensland is proving to be a hot spot for new tourism ventures. After completion of other projects in the Winton and Ilfracombe areas, owners of a property in Longreach contacted Michel Group looking to capitalise on their properties location and aspect by developing a tourist accommodation facility using ‘glamping’ tents. The project offered some unique challenges in particular sourcing suitable specialist consultants, however through creating relationships with Council staff and local builders, we were able to achieve the desired development approval with the owners now proceeding…

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  • Place of Worship – Other Change

    In 2017 we obtained a development approval for the operation of a Place of Worship (church) within an existing industrial factory at Carrara. Following rapid growth of the congregation they purchased an additional factory unit on the same site and sought to expand their church by utilising the two units. This necessitated lodgement of an ‘other change’ application with Council. The key issue for a development of this type is parking. For this project parking studies, counts and formulation of suitable conditions around attendance numbers and times led to a successful outcome with approval obtained from Council. Contact us today…

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  • Repeat Client – Local Physio and Sports Health Specialist

    We were first engaged by a local physio and sports health specialist to obtain an approval for the operation of their clinic in Labrador in 2014.  When looking to re-locate their Labrador clinic and also their Burleigh clinic this year they contacted MGS to obtain the necessary development approvals.  The Labrador clinic was to be relocated to Molendinar to a site within the Mixed Use Zone and Fringe Business Precinct.  Due to the change over of lease and the need to continue trading, a speedy resolution of the development approval was required.  MGS was able to facilitate a relatively quick…

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  • BURLEIGH HEADS – 3 Storey Dwelling House.

    One of the key changes in Council’s City Plan was greater restriction around building height with more restrictive provisions around how height is measured and no recognition of the need for alternative design approaches on sloping sites. The ability to obtain approval for buildings over 9m in areas designated for 2 storey (9m) maximum height was also limited. Our town planning team recently obtained the first new 3 storey dwelling house approval with a height exceeding 9m within a 2 storey (9m) height limited area. The approval was obtained via demonstrating the dwelling house met the higher order elements of…

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  • NERANG – Rural Residential Subdivision

    Michel Group Services successfully obtained an approval for a 1 into 2 lot rural residential subdivision that did not strictly comply with the Gold Coast City Plan due to the proposed lot sizes being below the prescribed 8000m² average lot size requirement. Through a multi-faceted approach that utilised specialist consultants to address the site constraints, analysis of surrounding development patterns and addressing the higher order elements of the City Plan, a development approval was achieved. Following the approval Michel Group Services were also engaged to provide project coordination services to satisfy the conditions of approval as well as providing surveying…

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  • 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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