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Waterfront owner

"You’re good at what you do."

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"

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.”

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."

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."

Subscriber

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

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 developer ($6m [...]

"Thank you Helen for your efficiency: you promised the short-notice reports by c.o.b. today and they arrived during the morning, full of information."

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.”

Application for a relocated [...]

"Thanks."

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)."

Pre-purchase uncertainty [...]

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

Waterfront owner seeking 2 [...]

"You really know what you are doing"

CC resident, national [...]

"You really know what you are talking about, and I deal with many Councils for our company’s properties"

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."

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.”

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"

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 [...]

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

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."

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 [...]

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

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."

A builder and separately an [...]

"We love the way the newsletter keeps us informed"

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 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.”

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 Real Estate [...]

"Awesome."

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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  • Investigation into and advice about incomplete subdivision infrastructure yet rating by Council and water authority as if it is was all constructed
  • Investigation and report on enclosure of a non-compliant but constructed carport;  and dual occupancy potential beneath the existing house
  • Investigation and master site planning for subdivision of highly constrained R2 land
  • Townhouse development – pre-purchase advice (client bought it)
  • Advice on subdivision potential (DCLEP is negative) – bushy block with flooding, species and bushfire
  • Pre-purchase advice on geotech unstable suburban block, development potential
  • Change of use (commercial)
  • Pre-purchase report – dual occupancy potential
  • Pre-purchase reports on 2 E-zoned properties – development potential
  • Pre-purchase report on dual occupancy potential (large suburban block)
  • Second dwelling wanted despite unapproved dwelling, adjacent mostly bushy rural blocks
  • Pre-purchase reports (industrial, commercial/rural) (client bought both)
  • Advice re rectification of breach on suburban block (unapproved building works, master site planning)
  • Completion of 2 lot subdivision process (only 1st of 4 stages complete so far)
  • Advice on development potential (suburbia: 2 detached houses)
  • Meet investors to make their property search more efficient and targeted
  • Assist over-water asset owner about processes seeking increased footprint and replacement facilities
  • Advice on amended lot’s building envelope (new subdivision)
  • Post-approval amendment to integrate bushfire requirement with ecological requirement (commercial site with EEC)
  • Pre-purchase advice on demolition for townhouses (purchase proceeded with confidence)
  • Post-purchase advice to client’s lawyer: heritage-listed property
  • Advice during Council’s rezoning process
  • Post-purchase advice on development potential
  • Rectification advice following breach (acreage with commercial agricultural uses)
  • Pre-purchase advice about existing building: conversion to other uses
  • Pre-purchase advice (steep acreage) for potential home builders
  • Post-purchase advice about development potential (1 existing building does not suit buyers’ objectives, 1 does)
  • Pre-sale advice on subdivision potential (nil, constraints plus insufficient available land)
  • Post-purchase advice about rezoning potential (ask us before you buy)
  • Advice on impacts of a neighbour’s development, client’s rights, and what may or may not be changed
  • Site report for vendor of a large mixed use and environmentally constrained site
  • Advise buyer of a non-compliant waterfront property about protective options
  • Proposal for an educational establishment
  • Following receipt of Consent with uncommercial conditions of Consent, prepare an amendment application (2 clients)
  • Mitigate impact of large commercial building extension towards bushfire hazard and Endangered Ecological Community
  • Advice to lawyer during Supreme Court matter about characteristics of various commercial and residential lots that affect the case
  • Proposed implementation of our Vegetation Management Plan on commercial site
  • Pre-sale/ pre-purchase advice on 2 rural lots: one multi-purpose, one with minimal apparent development potential
  • Assistance to local oyster growers’ association
  • Preparation for DA for rural worker’s dwelling on acreage
  • Assistance with aquaculture project (lease, building, jetty etc.)
  • Pre-purchase assistance for rural property search
  • Site report on subdivision potential of acreage (land size, zone)
  • Town planning, procedural and tactical advice about someone else’s allegedly unapproved/illegal property activities
  • Pre-sale report for vendor to offer to buyers asking technical questions about property status
  • Professional advice about potential, during shift in a family ownership of an acreage, prior to DAs for development
  • Pre-purchase advice (several sites), acreage for new business in drinking water catchment; later preparation of DAs
  • DA for ancillary building, acreage
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 development potential on several acreages (flooding, bushfire, species, soil)
  • Site report on development potential, Terrigal
  • Remediation of breach on large acreage, then approval for huge shed
  • 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)
  • Opinion following refusal of someone else’s DA (flood-affected): next steps
  • Subdivision potential assessment, beachfront site heavily affected by coastal hazard
  • Studio on acreage
  • Residential addition (geotechnical, bushfire, access, slope, maybe ecology)
  • Subdivision of waterfront property, major house renovation and additions, pool, secondary dwelling
  • “Granny flat” advice (multiple clients)
  • 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-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)
  • 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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