Oct 15, 2006 7:12 pm
Hi, I am new to the forum, so please let me know if this should be in another section!
My family have owned a joint property (yes, I know!) however over the last 20 yrs things have not gone as smoothly as possible, so we are considering sub-division. I have made a general enquiry to our local council however the feedback was contridictory to what has been happeneing in our area. We have been told that properties can only be divided in 50 ha lots (!) though many properties in our area have been divided into alot less.
I am wondering what is the best way to approach the council regarding the division of our land? Any help would be kindly appreciated.
Re: Dealing with sub-division2
Oct 16, 2006 12:19 pm
What you are encountering is not unusual although most minimums we have encounted have been 40ha. Rural councils, under planning schemes, generally set these requirements to preserve agricultural activities within theiir districts. If you manage to obtain a permit for subdivision this will not necessarily mean that a building permit would be obtainable on the site.
As far as I know the only way for you to succeed will be to have the Zoning altered from 'Rural' to something like 'Rural Residential' where smaller subdivisions may be permitted.
I would speak firstly with the councils planning department and see if they can guide you. The chances are that they will say . . .'you come up with a proposal and we''ll look at it" but you need somewhere to start.
Peter Clarkson - AusDesign Australia
This information is intended to provide general information only.
It does not purport to be a comprehensive advice.
Re: Dealing with sub-division3
Oct 16, 2006 12:42 pm
I would suggest having a word with a few town planners. Council will tell you what they want, not what you may actually may be able to do. Ask a few town planners, because there are many different opinions out there. Also try talking to those that have sucessfully subdivided - they may well be willing to chat and give some advice.
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