The GCProjects team has been expanding over the last few months, to meet the demand for all upcoming projects.
Here’s Matt talking our Intern, Eric through one of our project estimates.
Eric has almost completed his Masters in Construction Management at Bond University. He’s working with us as part of his Practical Placement.
Eric’s doing a great job and we’re very happy to have him as part of the team!
Welcome to the second part of the Follow My Development series, in this weeks post we are going to go over the latest updates of my D.A Approval, although the process is quiet slow it can be very difficult and confusing to understand so I hope to shed some light on it for you.
Council has given me a “Conditional Approval” with a few terms and conditions
The main issue we have had with this D.A is the location of a power pole in the crossover section of the driveway which has presented additional fees from Energex who say the only way it can be resolved is to put the power underground. As we had to have a little bit of a laugh at this one as there is no standard from Energex or Gold Coast City Council as to how far away a power pole needs to be? it could literally be 5mm.
As we have chosen to question this with council due to there being no standard for distance, we have compiled a case and currently awaiting an onsite meeting request that has been sent to council.
The next condition (a pretty standard one) is that of a telecommunication connection, because there is going to be two separate dwellings the telecommunications must be separately isolated to each property and signed off by the contractor or internet service provider.
With another half dozen conditions to the approval most of which are pretty straight forward and standard we are now into the phase where progress should really start to kick into gear and hopefully soon we can begin the build process.
Ill will be updating you soon with any changes so keep posted, until then happy building. Mick Berry
By Mick Berry (Director GC Projects)
Over the coming months ill be writing regularly about my property that I have purchased in Biggera Waters QLD, the property currently has a home located at the front end of the 510m2 block. I will be building in two stages the first stage is a 3 bedroom + study duplex located at the rear of the block.
Stage 1: 3 Bedroom + Study (rear of block)
The purpose of the 2 stage process for me was that I will continue to live in the front property whilst building stage 1 at the rear, this obviously keeps costs down for us during the building phase and gives me a lot of control during the build spending loads of time on site (cause I live there).
The below is what processes we have completed to date:
- Contacted Town Planner for property overview & assessment
Every house is located within a different zone and not all properties can have for example a duplex built there for a number of reasons so therefore contacting a town planner is a critical step to take.
- Design & Drafting
Working closely with a draftsmen to put your ideas and designs on to paper is a very important step, for me I knew exactly what I wanted, I just needed it to be drawn. Once drawings are complete they were then sent to my town planner for pre assesment for local council making sure it met the required criteria.
- DA Approval Submission
Once my town planner had checked designs etc we submitted our DA Approval (Development Application) for approval, we are currently in the final stages of this as I write this story and next week hope to update you and show you some of my plans.
until next week,