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Central Coast subdivider

"Thanks Helen for the information. You are certainly organised."

Property protection

“Helen, this is fantastic thank you. Please do submit to Council, and I would be delighted if you would continue to monitor the situation.”

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.”

Commercial site search

“Even if it was uncomfortable news for us, you told it like it is, so we could make our own decisions about taking the risk or walking away. You saved us money by avoiding a big mistake.”

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Waterfront owner

"You’re good at what you do."

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."

Subdivision after a refusal

“I never thought we’d get it approved, but you persisted with both the staff and Councillors and we got there. Thank you.” The land was immediately sold at a big profit with the Development Consent!

Central Coast client [...]

"You gave us a lot to think about and the background research and information was really helpful. You have a thorough knowledge of all the planning and legal requirements, and are very professional"

Subdivision battle

“You kept the Council staff honest by not letting them get away with a sloppy assessment that wasn’t fair and that had errors of fact. Then you tackled the Councillors! Well done.”

Satisfactory resolution

“May I take this opportunity to thank you for involvement in this complicated matter which is now at a conclusion. There is no doubt that your assistance has been of immense help.”


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

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)."

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.”

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Recent Approvals and Projects

  • 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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