Monthly archive for July2017

Why Experience in Land Surveying & Town Planning Matters

Why Experience in Land Surveying & Town Planning Matters

Land surveying is a very demanding task, requiring both professional skills and an instinct for problem-solving that is based on extensive education and experience.

Town planning requires expertise on multiple levels as well as a broader understanding of land, legislation, regulation and their application to property. Extensive education and experience is required.

With some of the most variable types of land and land use in the world, Australia presents even more challenges for surveyors and planners. Whether you’re proposing to develop an apartment block or a drainage scheme, you can expect a whole range of issues. For town planners, the local idiosyncrasies of climate, landforms, geology, economics, infrastructure and development needs are all among the elements that need to be considered.

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Property Development & Investment Queensland – An Introduction

Property Development & Investment Queensland – An Introduction

Property development and investment can encompass a wide range of activities from purchasing land to building and developing facilities. Becoming a property developer can be as simple as buying a block of land and building a house or buying an existing house, knocking it down and building another.

One way to describe property development is to continually reconfigure the built environment to meet society’s needs. Becoming a successful property developer and investor requires time, research, patience and the willingness to take calculated risks.

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Does Your Property Have Development Potential?

Does Your Property Have Development Potential?

Knowing the development potential of the land you are looking to acquire or sell is a critical factor in determining the value. 

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How Many Units Can I Fit On My Land?

How Many Units Can I Fit On My Land?

There is no simple answer to how many units you can fit onto your land. The answer depends on a variety of factors, primarily the planning and zoning codes of the relevant local council.

When it comes to approving your development project, most local councils are less interested in how many dwellings you can fit onto your land. They’re more concerned about how well the development and design of the proposal adhere to the relevant standards and conforms to the context of the site.

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Hot Land Development Spots in Queensland

Hot Land Development Spots in Queensland

Land developers in Australia are flocking to the sunshine state in droves. Queensland dominated the 2016 list of most-clicked land developments promoted on realestate.com.au. The state managed to take out seven of the top 10 spots.

These results build upon previous trends, indicating that development in Queensland is becoming increasingly popular and doesn’t look likely to slow down anytime soon.

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What is a Dual Occupancy?

What is a Dual Occupancy?

Dual occupancy refers to a lot that contains two dwellings for separate households. These dwellings can be attached or detached and can be separately titled (have two different owners). A dual occupancy doesn’t include multiple dwelling like a set of units. Rather, it describes configurations like a duplex.

Depending on local zoning laws and density requirements, dual occupancy developments can be self-assessable (meaning no permit is needed), code assessable (requiring a development application) or impact assessable (requiring public notification as part of a development application).

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A Brief History of Queensland Surveying – Colonial Style

A Brief History of Queensland Surveying – Colonial Style

Surveying has a rich worldwide history dating back to the earliest times of civilisation. These activities have been crucial in the planning and development of places like Queensland, where European land surveying began after colonisation in 1839.

The first surveyors arrived at Moreton Bay, then a part of the New South Wales colony, to prepare the land for free settlement. The first surveyors were named Dixon, Stapylton and Warner. They began their extensive task in May 1839 with the town of Brisbane and its surrounding areas.

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