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Testimonials

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."

Rezone then subdivide

“You protected our interests throughout. … Tactically skilful and technically knowledgeable, and you know the system. We relied on your skills and knowledge and we’ve obtained the desired result.”

Central Coast client [...]

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

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.”

Another satisfied client [...]

"thank you very much Helen for meeting with us in Sydney and for all the great work you’ve done so far. You’ve put us in a strong negotiating position with our neighbour."

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."

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.”

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)."

Waterfront owner seeking 2 [...]

"You really know what you are doing"

Central Coast subdivider

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

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.”

Central Coast Real Estate [...]

"Awesome."

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.”

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"

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 on [...]

"Thank you again for such prompt service and high quality work. We will definitely be in touch soon to discuss the next steps"

Central Coast client [...]

"Helen, thanks again, you were the best thing to come out of this whole episode I really appreciate what you did for us."

A builder and separately an [...]

"We love the way the newsletter keeps us informed"

Waterfront owner

"You’re good at what you do."

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!

Pre-purchase uncertainty [...]

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

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!"

Sydney/Central Coast Client

"This is such great news! Thank you so much to Helen for the hard work and the quality of the submission and follow through that I have no doubt significantly contributed ... Collaborating made such a difference."

Application for a relocated [...]

"Thanks."

Subscriber

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

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.”

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."

Client

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

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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"Thanks so much Helen. You're a champion."

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  • Pre-sale advice on large lot with minimal to zero development potential, yet successfully on-sold
  • Short-term holiday letting DA for large house, following a neighbour’s complaint
  • Expert witness in Land & Environment Court, helping achieve a conciliated result
  • Advocate for view retention, adherence to Development Control Plan height, setbacks, bulk for affected neighbours
  • Advice on another’s farmstay accommodation DA and working farm definition for business plan
  • Rectification after Consent of others’ inconsistent professional reports which cannot comply with the Consent (clearly, not our DA!)
  • Advice concerning another’s lodged DA (house alterations and significant additions) which risks refusal
  • Additions and alterations when a land use is otherwise prohibited
  • Advice on effects on permissibility/prohibition of development potential, large waterfront block (awaiting draft Consolidated LEP)
  • 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 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 (multiple clients)
  • Advise house owner that bushfire hazard precludes dual occupancy potential
  • 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
  • Pre-DA advice on a flood-prone and bushfire-prone acreage with limited access
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Subdivision advice on many acreages and large suburban lots with diverse characteristics (various clients, various objectives)

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