Hi all, What a great forum. I’ve only discovered this site and have read all of the threads in the development section and have learnt a lot. I’m hoping someone with knowledge in developing and the local area I wish to build can help. I am a first time builder and thinking about building a duplex in Glen Iris on 700sqm of land. Some of the questions I have are: 1) what is your experience with council building a duplex vs stand alone two storey dwellings. I have noticed that there have been a few of both built over the past few years. Does council have a preference/appetite? Are they reasonable to work with? My preference is for a side by side duplex as both homes can have street frontage. 2) what is the initial process? Should a town planner or architect be engaged first? Can they work together? I prefer to use a town planner and architect to ensure there are no issues throughout the process and work with a local expert while maximising the size of the land and design. 3) how long can the process take from initial planning to build start? 4) how much does a town planner and architect generally cost? I have viewed some town planners recommended on this site as a starting point to understand their role. 5) has council changed their stance on two dwellings on the block over the past few years? I know someone who had done something similar some years ago and the process appeared to be drawn out. 6) have I missed anything else worth considering or asking this community? FYI. This isn’t for investment purposes so ROI isn’t important on this project. Thanks all in advance.