Our Town Planners lodged development applications for this landmark mixed use development in the Wynnum Central Business District, comprising a multiple dwelling (66 units), cinema (6 screens) and a food and drink outlet (café) across two towers. The project scope also included applications for volumetric subdivision and plan sealing.
Our Surveyors prepared the Building Format Plan (for 'strata' titling) and the highly complex Volumetric Subdivision Plan, to separate the body corporate (unit) component from the non-residential uses within the podium.
The project had its challenges however pulled together nicely in the end. The units sold quickly, and the cinema is very popular amongst the locals.
Our surveyors are regularly involved in set out surveys for building sites. We need to be on the site when required by the builder and their contractors which often involves early (but scenic) start times.
Our team of Surveyors & Town Planners formed part of a larger multi-disciplinary team including engineers and ecologists to obtain development approval for the first stage of this subdivision development in Taigum—comprising 8 residential lots, a new road and bicycle path connections, and a balance lot for a future stage of the development.
Our experienced surveyors have completed many lease surveys. This entails the survey of existing buildings and preparation of lease survey plans which are attached to tenancy agreements and, where required, lodged with the Titles Registry.
Gateway obtained development approval for 12 residential lots on a site in Wacol, with shared access through a private road. This project had notable engineering complexities and ecological considerations.
Significant stormwater challenges were resolved with the project engineer to satisfy the Department of Transport and Main Roads (due to railway proximity).
Koala habitat adjoining a golf course at the rear will be protected and rehabilitated within covenants. This was a good environmental outcome without a major imposition on the development.
The approved layout creates high quality lots in an established and enhanced green setting, which are expected to attract high demand at completion.
Our Surveyors were engaged to re-survey an industrial lot with a rear boundary defined by a waterway (tidal boundary). Through a combination of field work and research of historical records, we were successful in redefining the tidal boundary under section 81 of the Survey and Mapping Infrastructure Act 2003—increasing the title area of the lot by more than 1,100m².
Our Town Planners obtained development approval for a subdivision creating 8 new residential lots with shared internal access. The provision of access through easements rather than a private road (common property) avoids the need for a body corporate.
As the site is within the Emerging community zone, we were required to undertake broader structure planning to demonstrate how the development may integrate with future road networks. Provision has been made for a future local road to the north of the site, and we were able to achieve an outcome with no public road construction—saving our client significant costs. Land dedication for planned road widening in the south attracted infrastructure charges offsets (monetary reimbursement) from Council.
Other issues included internal refuse collection and density (for which we obtained relaxations).
This was one of the last approvals Brisbane City Council issued for townhouses in the Low density residential (LDR) zone. Council has since amended City Plan 2014 to effectively prohibit the development of multiple dwellings (townhouses) in this zone.
We were closely involved in this project from conception to completion—including initial contour and detail surveys for design, pre-lodgement meetings with Council, preparing and managing the development application for material change of use and an associated subdivision, as-constructed surveys of services and earthworks, preparation of the Survey Plan (building format plan), and lodgement of the plan sealing application.
We obtained development approval for a subdivision creating two small lots measuring less than 260m² in the Low-medium density residential zone. The development application also included two proposed character dwellings with minor non-compliances with the dwelling house (small lot) code.
Council raised no issues and the DA was approved without a hitch.
This subdivision creating 5 lots measuring less than 300m² each was lodged and approved through RiskSMART, which meant a faster approval timeframe for our client.
Although this zone precinct (LMR3) permits lots as small as 180m², our client opted for larger lots to better accommodate future dwellings. In this instance, the approved layout provides the option for dwellings to incorporate built-to-boundary side walls of up to two storeys—a great outcome for smaller lots.
We were able to overcome a number of access constraints (bus stop, street trees, and intersection clearance requirements) with a shared access arrangement.
This small suburban strip shopping centre in a residential zone was limited by its historical approval for use only as a food and drink outlet, leading to difficulties for the owner in attracting tenants. We obtained development approval for a range of commercial uses (community use, food and drink outlet, health care service, office, sales office, service industry, shop, and veterinary service)—providing flexibility to reduce vacancy and improve the centre for the surrounding residential neighbourhood.
We were required to draft new plans for the application using the original drawings from the 1980s, including minor changes to address new code requirements. Although many aspects of the premises were not fully compliant with current standards (including car parking and servicing), we were successful in obtaining relaxations to get the approval across the line.
The centre has since filled its vacant tenancies and is once again an active commercial hub.
"The best survey and people I ever had through my building journey. The whole team have helped me so much to overcome my constant changes in building this house. Always on time, always try to help me out in my multiple emergencies! I am so grateful for all the jobs they have done for me! Strongly recommend for anyone who needs a survey job!"
"Love working with Gateway, every project we've done in Brisbane has been with the support of Greg and his team. The professional advice from Ellen and Brett has been crucial to our development business. HIGHLY RECOMMEND."
"The team at Gateway are very knowledgeable and helpful with navigating through development applications and associated design and documentation. Greg and Ellen never let us down and we have enjoyed their great service over the last 10 years, and I’m sure we will continue to do so for many years to come."
"GSP are at the top of their game and are a pleasure to deal with. We are always very confident with the planning and surveying advice provided which is extremely important when making big decisions about the viability of property investment. They are also very knowledgeable of the nuances of the City Plan and thinking behind Council’s decision making. I would not hesitate to recommend GSP, in fact I do it regularly."
"I've been working with the team at Gateway Survey and Planning for years now. They always provide relevant and concise advice they can be relied upon. The proof is in each of our applications that has successfully reached approval as we planned and intended."
"We have engaged Gateway Survey and Planning on a number of projects and have always found them to be very professional, knowledgeable and prompt with their responses. Their fees are also competitive. We would not hesitate to recommend them for their planning and surveying services."
"GSP are outstanding town planners. Stew and Ellen are very knowledgeable, professional and very patient explaining things to their clients. I have used them on several occasions and I recommend these guys to lots of our clients. They are brilliant."
"Ellen from Gateway Survey and Planning has prepared, lodged and secured two DAs for our site in the BCC LGA. I would have absolutely no hesitation to recommend Ellen to anyone seeking a town planner who brings together intimate knowledge of the BCC planning regulations, overall development strategy and minimising/mitigating the implications of Council conditions. In addition to this, Ellen has exceptional communication skills and is very adept in providing outstanding client service - a great addition to any development team."