Developer Friendly areas in Melbourne

Discussion in 'Development' started by dev_melb08, 11th Feb, 2020.

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  1. dev_melb08

    dev_melb08 Well-Known Member

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    Guys,
    Just want to put a question to developers in Melbourne/Victoria as to which areas do you think is developer friendly. Lets put some ground rules assuming this is for developers in their startups or experience with 2-3 projects and looking to do 5-6 townhouse project with land purchase power of in vicinity of 700K

    Will appreciate if response can contain atleast these two things:
    - Council/Suburbs to research
    - Minimum Land size required for 5-6 townhouse considering POS/SPOS requirements (exclude corner)

    Thanks
     
  2. Tufan Chakir

    Tufan Chakir Well-Known Member

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    Ha ha, that's funny.....
    Even in nominated "higher density", "integrated housing", "residential development" areas etc etc - whatever the Councils call them, the residents may not be happy, the Council planner dealing with an application may not be happy....
    Developer friendly areas, unicorns, Santa and the Easter Bunny.....
     
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  3. gach2

    gach2 Well-Known Member

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    @Tufan Chakir

    Any councils you have seen that are more friendlier than other? Maybe timeliness wise?

    Seems the eastern one seems to be problematic with tree removals etc (Moondurah i think)

    Still familiarising myself
     
  4. Tufan Chakir

    Tufan Chakir Well-Known Member

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    It's often the luck of the draw with the particular planner, rather than a Council.

    And more often than not if a planner 'likes" a proposal it will have a smoother run through, compared to if the planner 'doesn't like" a proposal. Sadly, there is not much consistency in the system. Some councils are more transparent than others. Some have information systems that are more accessible than others....and some don't even have electronic lodging of applications (eg Hume).

    Our experience is that with each Council there will be Good, Ordinary and Mediocre planners. In our experiences as I say, it's more about the planner than the Council
     
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  5. Sackie

    Sackie Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I've given up a long time ago to try and peg which councils are easier to work with. They are all a PITA and it really depends on who is working there. You could have a ' good' council with regular planners on leave and some cowboy filling in. Good luck.

    Nah , pointless. What's most important is you have a bloody good team working with you and advocating for your development every step of the way. Councils are often clueless about their own planning regulations.

    Get a top gun planner who knows the area inside out.
     
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