Council Frustration?

Does the thought of dealing with Port Stephens Council cause you anxiety? Are you sick of receiving different answers to the same question? Remove your stress and get us to help!

Don't know where to start?

Development applications are complicated! There are so many documents listed and so much jargon that it can seem impossible! Get an expert to manage the process for you

In the right hands

Feel safe knowing your development is in the right hands. Our knowledge and experience allows us to get our clients their approvals faster saving them time and money.

Port Stephens Council’s best town planning firm! 

No one knows Port Stephens and Port Stephens Shire Council’s Development Application approval system like Outlook Planning and Development. We have extensive experience in obtaining development applications approvals for developments in all of the NSW Council’s.

We have helped many of our clients in the Port Stephens area to obtain development approval and know how to navigate the Port Stephens Council Approval system. 

The Best Town Planning Firm for Port Stephens Council

Have the best town planners working for your development application! Our broad experience and knowledge means that we get Development Applications for Port Stephens Council approved where others can't

The Variety of Developments in Port Stephens Council

We enjoy working on a variety of developments from big to small. Below are some examples of the types of developments common for the Port Stephens Area.

Dwelling House

Port Stephens Council area is a hot designation for new beautiful architecturally designed homes. We have helped many of our clients get the home of their dreams despite height limits and floor space ratio restrictions.

Multi Dwelling Houses

Why build 2 houses when you could build 4! Multi dwelling housing allows you to build multiple dwellings on the one lot and then subdivide through strata subdivision.

Shop Top Housing

Port Stephens contains a great town centre filled with shops. We have helped our clients with their shop top housing projects to provide residential accommodation above street shops and offices.

Dual Occupancy

Dual occupancies are becoming common in Port Stephens LGA with many of our Port Stephens Council clients wanting to maximise on the land size and intensify the development potential for their site.

Boarding Houses

Boarding Houses are becoming increasingly popular in the Port Stephens Council area and surrounds. Through the SEPP Affordable rental housing developers are able to provide high density studio apartments for lower income residents.

Subdivision

Subdivision potential is one of our most common enquiries for residents in the Port Stephens. Whether it is one in to two lot subdivisions, strata subdivisions or boundary adjustments we help our inner west clients achieve their subdivision dreams.

Change of Use

We commonly help our clients get approval for their new business premises. Whether it is a new trendy store, a new hairdresser, a new restaurant, a new gym or a Boutique Beer Bar we can help get your approval.

Rezoning - Planning Proposals

Sometimes our clients come to us with plans to rezone land to allow for better outcomes for their site. Whether it is turning rural land into residential or low density to high density.

Objection Letters

View loss and privacy impacts are the biggest source of objection for all developments. Our objection letters are thorough and detailed and we have a good track record for refusal or at least forcing the developer to redesign for a better outcome.

Port Stephens Council DA Approvals

  • Certified Town Planners

  • Development Application Experts

  • Servicing these Port Stephens Suburbs


Anna Bay  Balickera  Boat Harbour  Bobs Farm  Brandy Hill  Butterwick  Campvale  Corlette  Duns Creek  Eagleton   East Seaham   Fern Bay  Ferodale  Fingal Bay  Fishermans Bay  Fullerton Cove  Glen Oak  Heatherbrae  Hinton  Karuah  Lemon Tree Passage  Mallabula  Medowie  Nelson Bay  Nelsons Plains
One Mile  Osterley  Oyster Cove  Raymond Terrace  Salamander Bay  Salt Ash
Seaham  Shoal Bay  Soldiers Point  Swan Bay  Tanilba Bay  Taylors Beach  Tomago  Twelve Mile Creek  Wallalong  Williamtown  and Woodville

What we do?

Advice

Our experienced town planners can provide you with expert advice to help you with your development: We offer the following services:

  • Feasibility reports
  • Pre-purchase reports
  • Unapproved works
  • Letters and advice
  • General town planning advice
  • Neighbour objection advice and reports

Reports

Get us to provide you with the report you need to get the job done! We provide the following reports:

Approvals and Certifications

Let us help you obtain your approval! We provide the following approval services:

  • Lodgement of development applications
  • Project management of applications
  • Attendance at Council meetings
  • Rezoning Application/Planning Proposals
  • Masterplans

Why Choose Us?

Fast Development Application Approvals

Do it right the first time and have us handle your development application. Our statement of environmental effects are detailed and cover everything for your development saving time and money to get your approval.

Experts in our field 

We have extensive and broad experience in all types of town planning. Our Planners have Ex-Council experience and know the best way to get an approval.

Size Doesn’t Matter

No matter how small or how big your job is, we can help you. We work on small renovations to large subdivisions and residential flat buildings.

Out of the Box Thinking

Our experience and knowledge of the legislation allows us to come up with solutions to problem developments where others fail.

One Stop Shop

We have an extensive list of external consultants that we work with, such as surveyors, engineers and architects, and can find the best one for your project.

Flexibility

Our Town Planners have flexible working hours to help fit our clients needs. We are available for appointments 7 days a week when requested.

Competitive Flat Rate Prices

We offer highly competitive pricing and produce high quality reports. The majority of our quotes are flat rates so you know exactly how much our services will cost

Let’s work together

Have a chat with Josh and the Team Today!

Let’s work together

Have a chat with Josh and the Team Today!

Blogs

Thornton Developments Booming

Thornton and Chisholm has become a booming area for investors and first home buyers wanting to leave Sydney and head towards the Hunter Valley. The greater Maitland area is a booming area with plenty of land available for developers.

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What can I build without Council Approval?

We explain what types of development you can do without any Council approval for everyone doing their home renovations. Read all about exempt development and what you can build this weekend after a trip to Bunnings to get your DIY tools.

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Complying Development Certificates

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.

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Guide to Heritage Impact Statements

Heritage Impact Statements are essential for any development involving a heritage item or heritage conservation area. We go into some of the basics of what makes up a heritage impact statement and who should be preparing them for your development.

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New Generation Boarding Houses

New generation boarding houses have a lot of negativity at the moment with developers obtaining approvals for large scale boarding house developments. So what exactly is a new generation boarding house?

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Northern Beaches Dual Occupancy for beginners

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.

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Reducing Car Parking in CBDs

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.

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SFS Stadium Redevelopment seeks new construction company

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.

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Objection to Boutique Hotel in Redfern

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.

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