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

Garden Area Requirements are Mandatory

People often ask me about the new Garden Area Requirements, and what the implications for their development will be.   The new Garden Area Requirements were discussed by me when they were first introduced last year in this blog post.  They have recently been amended so I thought it was time to include an update! Amendment … Read more

Removing a Restrictive Covenant

Don’t be caught out by a covenant over your land title.  A planning permit can’t be approved if it is contrary to a restrictive covenant on the title.  If there is a covenant it will need to varied or removed before the proposal can be considered.  We frequently get contacted by people who are either … Read more

How to Calculate Time on Failure to Determine Applications

Council’s have 60 statutory days to determine a planning application.  If a decision is not made within that time, the applicant can lodge an application to VCAT.  This type of application is called a Failure to Determine, or a Section 79 Appeal.  This means that the decision is taken from the Council and the application … Read more