What if Council Refuse my Development Application?!!
Well it hasn’t happened to us yet and we will make sure that it does not happen. We assume this is an experience that you definitely want to avoid! A refusal can have serious financial consequences and the time and cost of further pursuing development approval can impact greatly on the project viability.
If your application has been refused – find a good Lawyer.
At Wall Planning & Environmental Consulting we seek to identify the outcome upfront – before you spend any time or money chasing a project. We ensure our clients feel confident to proceed with their project when they know the likely answer Council is going to provide. We seek to identify and flag any risks upfront and propose strategies if we think these can be overcome or mitigated.
We advise our clients upfront, we set out the process and timeframes, the likely Council requirements, fees and development costs BEFORE you commit to your project.
Recently, a client in Emerald was wanting to construct an Industrial Shed for their successful and rapidly expanding fabrication business. The business owners hire many local people and mentor a number of apprentices. The client came to me and asked me to get them an approval as quickly as possible. They were overwhelmed with the process, forms, boxes to tick, codes to address and reports to prepare, let alone understand what the Local Government Planners required.
We stepped in and took over the APPROVALS PROCESS (and town planning headaches) so that the business owner could focus on running their business. We saved the client at least 3 months and over $40k as we reduced the number of approvals they required. Further, we informed the client about a Council Incentive Policy to encourage economic development in the Region which will result in the refund of the application fee and a reduction of the infrastructure charges. Resulting in significant savings in terms of time and money.
WHAT WE DO:
At Wall Planning & Environmental Consulting, we follow a specific process to ensure that your development risks are reduced:
1. Prepare a Site Feasibility Assessment. This assessment will identify the zone, relevant codes and requirements, requirements to refer to other Government agencies, timeframe and likely development costs.
2. Pre-lodgement Meeting or discussions. Your local Town Planner should have a good working relationship with the Local Government Town Planners in the areas in which they operate in. They will be able to pick up the phone or email the Planners to obtain an initial opinion of the development/ response on your behalf.
3. Submit the application and take over the approvals process on your behalf. We will take care of everything and keep you informed.
Get in touch with us today and let us help you. Contact us today for a 20 minute free consultation. We will be happy to point you in the right direction.