One of the most important steps in the development process is understanding the local town planning in the area you’re looking to develop in.
Use the concept drawing to present to council in an over-the-counter meeting with the duty planner, who will be able to indicate any areas of concern or point out things that you may not have thought of.
If you’re experiencing delays, give them a call or e-mail them to find out what is holding things up. If, during the assessment of the application, additional information is required, you’ll be notified in writing. The prescribed period for determining your application (30 or 45 days) will be extended by the number of days it takes for you to submit the requested information. So you should therefore ensure that your architect or designer gets amendments back to council as soon as possible. Not everyone knows about this timeframe, so if you haven’t received your DA within 45 days and there has been no additional information requested by council, you can lodge an appeal with the Land & Environment Court.
- Interpret plans, estimate costs and quantities of materials needed
- Manage the DA process with council
- Plan construction methods and procedures
- Coordinate the supply of labour and materials
- Supervise construction sites and direct site managers and subcontractors to make sure standards of building performance, quality, cost schedules and safety are maintained
- Study building contract documents and negotiate with building owners and subcontractors
- Control preparation of cost estimates and documentation for contract bids
- Control payment to subcontractors by valuation of completed works
- Make sure that building regulations, standards and by-laws are enforced in building operations
- Consult with surveyors, architects, engineers and other technical workers to make sure that design intentions are met.