New Housing Rules For Kingston Council

Kingston City Council are currently undergoing a consultation process as part of developing the new housing and planning rules for the municipality. More details on the draft strategies and the drop in sessions can be found here. Following initial research and consultation, the Kingston Council have prepared a draft Housing Strategy and Neighbourhood Character Study. … Read more

How Long Does It Take To Get A Planning Permit?

“How long will the planning permit process take?” This is one of the first questions people ask me, and one of the most difficult to answer. The short answer is quite a long time, and longer than many people realise! The reason why it is a difficult question to answer is because the planning process … Read more

Car Parking For Planning Applications

Car parking is a common issue for many planning application. For many projects a car parking reduction is required and must be supported by the Council. For some applications there may also be objections raised about car parking concerns from surrounding residents. While a reduction or waiver of the parking requirements can often be justified … Read more

Bushfire Management Overlay Explained

  What Is A Bushfire Management Overlay? A Bushfire Management Overlay or BMO is an Overlay that identifies an area where there is a bushfire hazard.  The purpose of the BMO is to ensure that future development is only permitted where the risk to life and property can be effectively reduced and to ensure that … Read more

Common Town Planning Terms Demystified

We know our clients sometimes feel like planners have invented another language!  To help you out we have written some definitions of some of the planning terms that you might encounter during your planning application. NOD This stands for Notice of Decision.  It is formal notice that the Council will issue a planning permit for … Read more

What Are The Common Council Contributions For Developments?

As part of any feasibility or due dilligence, people often ask me what Council fees or contributions will they need to pay when developing multiple dwellings?  A lot of the fees are specific to the site or project, but I will run through the common ones that should be considered/researched as part of the planning … Read more