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Completed: Subdivision (9 lots) in Richlands, Brisbane

Published 27 June 2022

Montage: aerial image of completed subdivision site and image of Survey Plan

Brisbane City Council has recently approved plan sealing for our client’s 9-lot subdivision in the western Brisbane suburb of Richlands—allowing registration and pending settlements to proceed.

The subdivision results in 9 lots in an arrangement that avoided public road construction (reducing civil costs) and without the need for a Community Title Scheme and body corporate (improving end value). The development was approved in two separate stages which were ultimately carried out simultaneously.

Gateway was involved in planning and surveying at all stages of this project from due diligence to plan sealing:


① Due Diligence (pre-purchase)
  • Initial site review and desktop assessment
  • Assistance with subdivision concept sketches for yield estimation
  • Council pre-lodgement meeting
  • Resolution of concept based on Council feedback (for client to determine feasibility)
② Development Applications
  • Contour and detail survey
  • Subdivision proposal plans
  • Coordination with civil engineers for plans and reports
  • Preparation and lodgement of two development applications
③ Construction Phase
  • Preparation of specialised checklists and guides for developer to track compliance with the approval conditions
  • Identification survey (pegging existing external boundaries)
  • Civil setout surveys
  • Assistance with resolving intermittent compliance issues
  • Subdivision survey (pegging new lots and preparing Survey Plan)
  • Coordinating the preparation of easements by solicitor, Urban Utilities, and Council
  • Disclosure plans for land contracts
④ Plan Sealing
  • Assessing compliance with the approval (documents and site conditions)
  • Preparation of Compliance Report
  • Lodgement of plan sealing application to Council
⑤ Titles Lodgement We are registered for electronic lodgement of Survey Plans with Titles Queensland, and can assist with this final step for most subdivisions. However, for more complex developments like this (particularly involving pending land contracts), we recommend working through this process with your conveyancing solicitor.


This was another successful project from one of our repeat clients who has worked with us on a portfolio of subdivision and other residential developments at a small-to-medium scale.

If you are looking for the right site for a bigger subdivision, need assistance with your due diligence, or have the site and just need to get the ball rolling—get in touch and our expert team can guide you through the process.

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