Duplex Dilemma

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  1. Property101

    Property101 Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,

    Hoping to get some insight into our problem.

    After much searching we found a great design for 2 duplexes which the whole family agreed on.

    I contacted the builder who informed me to contact the council... I was surprised by this as I Thought all I needed was for the design to fit on the land.

    I approached the council who then informed me that my block. was too small.

    On further investigation I discovered other developments have gone through in the immediate area with similar sizing to mine.

    This is the course of action I am considering after obtaining advice so far.

    1/ Do nothing and wait as planning regulations may change in the future.

    2/ Contact a solicitor and have them write to the council and confirm information received from council phone call in writing.

    Hoping someone here may share there insights and thank you.
     
  2. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    We've just been advised a block we hold is too small for two townhouses, but that with an application, it may get through (if we wish to go down this path).

    Perhaps engage a town planner to see what your chances are?
     
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  3. thatbum

    thatbum Well-Known Member

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    Is this in WA? If so, surely you've heard of the Rcodes or Rcode zonings? eg. R20

    Both your proposals sound like bad ones to begin with. You should be figuring out what planning regulations apply to your current lot and exactly what you can build currently first.

    So probably a town planner, or at least a house designer with a very good knowledge of the codes and schemes.

    Hell if you just PM'd me with the address even I could give you a rough idea at what you're looking at, probably just by looking at the lot size and shape, and relevant Rcode.
     
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  4. Property101

    Property101 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you both very much for the leads.

    My biggest concern is the type of home I will need to build and sizing to fill the land space 600sqs and the quality for the surrounding area.

    This type of home in my opinion is too big for a rental.

    I found the duplex design to be really suitable.

    Live in One.. Rent One.
     
  5. thatbum

    thatbum Well-Known Member

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    But what does that have to do with zoning regulations and what you're allowed to build?
     
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  6. Archaon

    Archaon Well-Known Member

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    Engage a townplanner.