If you're getting ready to develop a property, you will want to be as efficient as possible in your preparations. You'll want to ensure that the process is handled as expeditiously as possible, so that you don't incur unnecessary costs associated with a lost opportunity or delayed income. When you are lodging a development application, what are some of the key areas to consider so that you don't run into any roadblocks?
The first thing you need to ensure is that you get the proper landowner consent. In other words, you need to be very sure who the existing entity is and that any application correctly matches the name against the record held by the council. It may also be necessary for you to get proof of ownership provided in documentary form with the owner's consent attached.
There are a number of deadlines imposed by statute when it comes to development applications. You have to ensure that you comply with all these deadlines; otherwise, there is a risk that the application may be allowed to lapse. While you may be able to "reactivate" these documents, there will usually be a cost associated with doing so.
You should be aware of any potential constraints before lodging any application. Find out if there are any conditions imposed in relation to environmental issues or other government restrictions. Any development application goes through a number of different stages as it passes through the approval system. For example, there is a particular stage known as "information and referral" within the assessment system where such matters are considered. You don't want this process to be elongated if you have any say in the matter. Ensure that you correctly include these in your application, or expect delays to be incurred.
Full and Complete Application
Some developers may be aware of restrictions or potential issues, but choose not to include them in any application in the hope that they will be somehow overlooked when everything is reviewed. This can be a very shortsighted approach, and it is always best to anticipate any issues before moving forward.
When you talk with your town planning consultant always make sure that you share the information that you have and trust them to help you prepare a full and robust application. Get this type of professional help in preparing your documents, especially when you're not sure of all the elements needed.