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So, your DA has been lodged – what now?

The Development Assessment process involves five stages: Application, Referral, Information Request, Public Notification and Decision. Not all applications require all five stages, however, the Application and the Decision Notice are mandatory for all development applications. The key timeframes for the DA Process are outlined below. Contact us here to discuss this process and start your… READ MORE

Planning Assessment for Auxiliary Units

In October of 2018, Ipswich City Council introduced new guidelines and policies regarding Granny Flats/Fonzie Flats. The ‘Granny Flat’ or ‘Fonzie Flat’ is more formally referred to as an ‘Auxiliary Unit’.   Not to be confused with a ‘Dual Occupancy’, in the Ipswich City Council Local Government Area an Auxiliary Unit is defined as:  … READ MORE

Surveyors and Planners – Positive Relationships for a Successful Development

At Baird & Hayes, we specialise in Survey and Town Planning Services. Since 1946 until now, we have developed positive relationships with other industry leaders in the fields of Engineering, Architecture, Building Design, Certification, Ecology, Geotechnical Engineering, Building and Construction and many others like Real Estate and Law. We appreciate that clients or their project… READ MORE

Memorandum to our Legal Friends – regarding Boundary Matters

Hi all, I have noticed an increase in Boundary issues on recently settled contracts. Unfortunately, these are coming to me after the proud new owners have settled. Typical issues are fences in the wrong place, sheds built over boundaries, driveways crossing the neighbours land, easements affecting the Title, etc. Consulting Cadastral Surveyors are licensed by… READ MORE

Making use of online Planning Resources

With the way the present day operates, it is as important as ever to ensure we make use of the vast array of planning resources made available on many fronts. Since the implementation of the ShapingSEQ South East Queensland Regional Plan in 2017 and the Planning Act in 2016, State and Local Governments alike encourage the… READ MORE

In accordance with the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA)

Council has prepared proposed amendments to the Ipswich Planning Scheme and Planning Scheme Policies. The proposed amendments are currently on public display and are available for consideration and comment from Monday, 20 May 2013 to Tuesday, 2 July 2013. Please contact our Town Planning Department if you have any concerns over the impacts for your… READ MORE