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Testimonials

Approval despite objection

“It sounds like we are heading towards a fantastic result” “Thanks again Helen on assisting us hitting a major milestone – DA approval.”

Pre-purchase uncertainty [...]

"you've overachieved, we can buy it now" "you have been an amazing help."

Apparent breach by a [...]

"Once again I can’t thank you enough for your interest in this situation. It is certainly very distressing (and could have become very expensive)."

Central Coast client [...]

"Thank you so much Helen for bringing this to a positive conclusion. ... If you ever require a reference for your outstanding work I am very happy to provide it."

Subscriber

A phenomenal job done with this newsletter, and right up to date with the Federal Budget.

Application for a relocated [...]

"Thanks."

Privacy protection

“You did a fine job for us and we are most grateful to you for your efforts. We would happily recommend you to other interested parties.”

Central Coast client [...]

"A quick email of thanks for your time today. You certainly do know your stuff!"

Building a portfolio

“You gave me strategic advice that I hadn’t heard in any of the investment seminars I’d paid good money for. It was well worth while having a couple of planning sessions with you.”

Dual Occ. Consent

“Thank you for getting us where we are today … approval. We are very appreciative of this and we know we probably wouldn’t have got there without your skill and expertise.”

Waterfront owners with [...]

"...we do appreciate all you have and are doing for us re this situation. It has not been an easy task for you, and your preparation for Tuesday's site meeting was great, as has been all your other work."

Central Coast client (lapsing [...]

"I can't thank you enough for the huge effort you personally put into achieving the successful outcome in the last two weeks. It was stressful for me but from the first time I spoke with you I knew I was in the most capable of hands. Your professionalism and never say die attitude is a very calming influence on your clients and I look forward to referring other people to your consultancy."

Client

"We like your work on our subdivision. Would you work on another one for us, elsewhere?"

Sydney/Central Coast Client

"Helen – thanks very much for your email and all your hard work. It’s a tremendous result. I agree with you that working together ... gave us much leverage!"

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Recent Approvals and Projects

  • Advice on keeping subdivision Consent alive when there is no lapse date on it, to avoid house demolition
  • Advice on 2 lot subdivision of environmental land, producing 1 compliant and 1 slightly non-compliant lot
  • Pre-purchase advice on development potential (the client then bought the property)
  • Advice to rectify pending breach notices, resulting in part from “whistleblower” who reported incorrect information
  • Advice on size reduction of other’s DA for very non-compliant house extension
  • Pre-purchase advice on development and renovation potential (Pacific Palms)
  • Apply for amendments to approved major house renovation, absolute beachfront, approx.. $1m build
  • Multi-unit residential development (weather-affected site)
  • Pre-purchase advice (various), including steep, geotech-unstable bushland for house; vacant highway frontage land for commercial use
  • Professional report for vendor, to clarify various aspects of development potential
  • Advice on options for development potential (several clients)
  • Ongoing advice about the changes in Council’s town planning requirements
  • Several two lot subdivisions with various problems
  • Estuary waterfront subdivision with potential dual occupancy
  • Multiple submissions against coastal, very non-compliant commercial and residential flat building; non-compliant residential construction in geotechnical and bushfire zone
  • Town planning opinion about permissibility and required approvals, liquor licence application
  • Amendment of another’s Development Consent for a suburban subdivision, to improve sales prospects (bushfire, flooding)
  • Site report as to development potential which assisted in sale of >$1m waterfront property
  • Advice on subdivision potential, large suburban block
  • Advice on remediation of potential breaches, suburban block (recent purchase)
  • Information provision prior to tender on several large lots with extensive development potential but some major constraints
  • Advice on secondary dwelling potential, Avoca
  • Advice on development potential on several acreages (flooding, bushfire, species, soil)
  • Submissions to Draft Consolidated LEP 2019
  • Site report on development potential, Terrigal
  • Advice on private access to infrastructure corridor (creek, species, tree clearing, road standards, bushfire)
  • Remediation of breach on large acreage, then approval for huge shed
  • Multi-unit development following demolition involving asbestos
  • Building certificate applications, mine subsidence areas
  • Site report to be followed by change of use application, acreage
  • Community impact statement and application for a liquor licence
  • Advice on affordable housing market opportunities, especially through innovative construction
  • Advice on potential for secondary dwelling within existing
  • Potential for dual occupancy on an acreage
  • Opinion following refusal of someone else’s DA (flood-affected): next steps
  • Agricultural purpose suitability, prepurchase west of M1, Somersby
  • Subdivision potential assessment, beachfront site heavily affected by coastal hazard
  • Studio on acreage
  • Early stages of undersize 2 lot subdivision of an acreage through IDO122, with dwellings
  • Residential addition (geotechnical, bushfire, access, slope, maybe ecology)
  • Subdivision of waterfront property, major house renovation and additions, pool, secondary dwelling
  • Pre-purchase advice (development potential – bushfire risk, did not buy)
  • Consent for large shed on acreage, fix threatened breach (unapproved works)
  • “Granny flat” advice (multiple clients)
  • Advice on breaches by neighbour onto others’ properties
  • Advice on strategic changes/ development potential
  • Subdivision design (absolute beachfront affected by coastal erosion)
  • Advice on development master plan for flood-prone acreage
  • Zoning advice for specialist land use (pre-purchase search)
  • Development potential assessment (1) pre-listing; 2) tidal-affected and constrained by species protection; 3) pre-purchase – acreage with multiple constraints)
  • Acreage potential for horse business (pre-purchase – they bought)
  • Development potential (medium density query)
  • Commercial premises – development potential
  • Town planning and tactical advice regarding a highly non-compliant building proposal
  • Dwelling extension (over-height;  bushfire-prone; possibly geotechnically unstable)
  • Advice on a non-compliant land use with possible existing use rights
  • Forensic advice about a neighbour’s appeal against a doubtful Consent (geotech, bushfire, slope, inadequate DA process)
  • Town planning advice about part of an existing strata building – approvals to change the structure
  • Pre-DA advice on a flood-prone and bushfire-prone acreage with limited access
  • Jetty approval
  • Forensic work (dodgy Consent for neighbour – appeal rights;  dodgy advice from agent about 3 boundaries – absolute beachfront pre-purchase)
  • Urban fringe review (rezoning prospects)
  • Protection of privacy, amenity, views etc. during neighbour’s DA
  • Advocate for a change of zone to a split zoning (bush and residential) via the Urban Fringe Review, following pre-purchase advice
  • Pre-purchase advice for medium density potential for investors (flooding, lapsed Consent)
  • Advocate for adherence to low density zoning by proponent of medium density housing (JRPP)
  • Pre-purchase advice for bushy vacant land (various clients: one proceeded with advantageous purchase terms on very constrained site; another may not, due to land use problem with forthcoming changes to LEP; ongoing)
  • Oceanfront property Statement of Environmental Effects for new house, DA preparation
  • Pre-purchase advice on development potential (various clients, various objectives (commercial, residential, acreaes), 2 regions; sites with bushfire hazard, flooding, geotechnical issues, zoning and land use changes, Coastal Open Space System affected, coastal hazard, listed species/communities, trees)
  • Advice on development of large acreage for horses; and another steep acreage for a house with views
  • Rectification of a breach (demolition during additions, without Consent) after certifier involvement; rectification of potential breach (suburban construction site)
  • Geotechnical report, rezoning advice, introduction to potential buyers due to subdivision and significant development potential
  • Pre-listing advice with written report for real estate agent (various clients; development potential before selling?)
  • Development potential (medium density;  commercial uses on environmentally-zoned land; land being rezoned for residential; commercial building;  residential subdivisions;  rural activities including horses on flood-prone and bushfire-prone property;  commercial use of residential building;  absolute beachfront residence;  room in the roof and new balcony in unit building;  addition of second dwelling)
  • 41 lot residential subdivision with environmental and flooding constraints
  • Detached dual occupancies
  • Subdivision advice on many acreages and large suburban lots with diverse characteristics (various clients, various objectives)

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