Do you know if someone is applying for a unit development next door?

We always recommend that all of our clients sign up to which is a website that will send you email notifications if someone was to lodge a development application within a certain proximity of your address.

Their website tells the story perfectly: You’d probably know if your next-door neighbour was going to knock their house down. But you might live in blissful ignorance that your favorite old cinema or pub five streets away will never reopen because its going be converted into luxury flats, until the bulldozers turned up that is.

What to do if someone lodges an application that you have concerns about? Well, you can always lodge a public submission opposing or supporting the proposal to Local Council and we can assist in that process.

how to lodge a submission

How can we help you subdivide a property?

From concept stage through to completion, a simple 1 into 2 subdivision can require the involvement of up to 20 odd people from town planners, surveyors, engineers, contractors, banks, Local Council, real estate agents…etc. It’s never quite as easy as what they make it look on TV, so here at Steffan Town Planning we offer the fundamental service of project management. We can manage your project through the development approval stage and ensure your framework is set for your job post-DA.

We pride ourselves on being a one-stop shop for your development approval. Once engaged, we’ll deal with the rest until we hand over your DA.

In this article, I thought I would take you through how our process ensures the smoothest, most efficient and stress-free experience for our clients.

subdivision proposal plan

When we get a call about a potential subdivision we follow the following steps free of charge for our client.

 Step 1. We assess the development potential of the property/site (using PropertEASE); this step highlights any potential issues such as slope, connection to services…etc. – we then share this feedback with our client.

Step 2. We discuss the project with our network of trusted advisors including civil engineers, surveyors and feasibility consultants to ensure the project is achievable.

Step 3. We send our client a fee proposal outlining the process and charges involved.

We thrive on a challenge here at STP and always provide our clients with honest feedback. We always work resourcefully to achieve the best possible outcome and it’s rewarding for us to see clients succeed and become more prosperous on their development journeys.

concept battle-axe

Once we are officially engaged to complete a job we will obtain multiple surveying and civil engineering quotes from our network of experienced and reliable consultants. We work alongside these consultants from pre lodgement right through to lodgement of the application to ensure all T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted.

During the pre-lodgement stage, we gather the supporting documents required for submission to Council, such as; subdivision plan, concept services plan, hydraulic reports, ecology reports… etc. Our aim is to avoid information requests where possible so we always recommend to our clients that all supporting documents be obtained prior to lodgement. This ensures a speedy turnaround with minimal hassle for all parties.

Through the development application process with Council, we always make sure our clients are 100% informed each step of the way. We check in with Council regularly and provide our clients with weekly updates to guarantee we push it along as fast as possible. We also provide RiskSMART approvals, which allow us to gain approvals within just 5 business days.


What’s next? We hand over your development approval for you to move onto the next phase of operational works. At this stage, our job is done but we don’t just leave you high and dry, we will refer you back to the consultants who originally did the work for the development application who will be able to help you keep the ball rolling to complete the project.

Changes to auxiliary unit requirements in Logan – Have your say

On 17 April 2018 Logan City Council revised its policy position for Auxiliary units. The revised policy position overrides changes made in October 2017 and comprises six parts, being:

  • the requirement for a minimum lot size of 450m2 ;

  • where fronting a road, the requirement for a minimum frontage of 15m;

  • where fronting a road, the requirement for a minimum of five on-site car parking spaces;

  • where fronting a road, the requirement for driveways to be a minimum 5.5m width for their full extent (from the kerb invert to the garage);

  • the strengthening of siting provisions to minimise siting variations unless where necessitated by existing infrastructure; and

  • the levying of infrastructure charges at a rate of 50% of the maximum adopted charge for a Dual occupancy (2 or less bedrooms).


The minimum lot size requirement is proposed to be made part of the definition of ‘Auxiliary unit’. The minimum frontage, on-site car parking and siting requirements will be made part of the Dual occupancy and Dwelling house code while the minimum driveway width requirement will be made part of Planning Scheme Policy 5—Infrastructure. These changes are limited to Auxiliary Units and do not apply to Secondary Dwellings. Secondary Dwellings are typically occupied by family of the primary dwelling.

Auxiliary unit


Public consultation for the proposed planning scheme amendment is open until 22 October 2018. For details on how to have your say, visit