We often hear from our business clients that they didn’t know Town Planners existed until they spoke to Council about their business. Chances are that you found us because you spoke to Council and they advised you to contact a private town planner.
We help businesses gain approval and take the pressure off them for the approval process so that they can focus on their business. We help businesses change their hours of operation, install mechanical exhaust systems, renovate their existing business or start a new business. The most common type of development application we do is for the change of use of a premises to the new business use.
One of the most common enquiries we receive from new clients is in regards to a change of use development application. We receive enquiries from people wanting to start new cafes or restaurants, tattoo studios, gyms, wellness centres, wine bars, car dealerships and even Universities.
Change of use applications can sometimes be difficult due to the zoning of the site and it is always best to do your research on the zoning before committing to a lease to ensure you can operate your business.
Some change of use applications can also be approved under a complying development certificate and an approval can be granted in as little as 10 days.
How Long does a development application take?
We always tell our clients that development application can take up to 12 weeks depending on the Council area, the complexity of the application and the officer assessing the application. Our job, however, is to ensure that all the details are correct and any non compliances are addressed in the statement of environmental effects when we lodge the application to minimise any delays in the assessment. We also follow up regularly with the Council Town Planner to check the progress and offer any assistance we can.
We help businesses with the following types of developments:
Gyms and Personal training studios
Tertiary Education Facilities
Want to build a house or renovate but don’t want the hassle of a development application. You might be able to get approval through a private certifier. We take some time to explain what a complying development is and the steps you need to take to obtain a CDC through a private certifier.
Are you looking at determining what you can do for your property? A Preliminary Planning Assessment can help you determine what your development options are for your site.
Have you received a notification in the mail about a development application and want to write a submission. We outline some steps to help you prepare a development application objection letter.
Northern Beaches Town Planners explain Dual occupancy facts on the Northern Beaches including Pittwater, Warringah and Manly. We provide some information on dual occupancy developments on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Where you should be looking and what you should be considering.
We explore the theory that as the amount of parking decreases, the appeal of driving gives way to more environmentally friendly transport modes such as walking, cycling, ride-hailing, car pooling and public transport.
Some evidence suggests reducing or capping parking pays off. In cities that have implemented these measures, driving has declined and public transport use has increased.
The redevelopment of the Sydney Football Stadium has been full of controversy with a massive public backlash to the development.
The development has been subject to a lot of public debate with questions as to why the NSW Government are demolishing a functioning stadium instead of upgrading the stadium at a fraction of the cost.
The University of Newcastle has recently submitted a seven building masterplan to the NSW Government for their new education precinct for Honeysuckle in Newcastle.
Outlook Planning and Development were engaged by a group of concerned residents in regards to a nearby development that sought consent to demolish an existing (abandoned) service station to a boutique hotel with 58 guest rooms, car lift and guest facilities.
Granny flats, or secondary dwellings as they are known as in the Planning world, can allow home owners to keep parents or adult children close by while giving them their own space. They can also be a great way to generate additional rental income.
Background and Context With Sydney ranking as one of the most expensive cities in the world, it is no wonder why so many savvy property