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 Brisbane 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?

A simple 1 into 2 subdivision is not as easy as it may look at face value.. From concept through to completion, a subdivision can potentially require the involvement of up to 20 or more people. This includes town planners (such as your go to town planners in Brisbane, Steffan Town Planning), engineers, contractors, surveyors, bankers, real estate agents, local council - and so the list goes on. 

At Steffan Town Planning, we offer the fundamental service of project management for your subdivision. We will assist you through managing your project all the way through to the approval stage to ensure your framework is set for your job post-DA. 

We pride ourselves on being a one-stop shop for your development approval Brisbane. 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. Through discussions with our tried and trusted advisors, including surveyors, feasibility consultants and civil engineers, we confirm that the project is realistic and achievable.

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

At Steffan Town Planning, challenging projects are our bread and butter. We ensure complete transparency and honesty throughout the entire process and always work diligently and resourcefully to get the best outcome possible. We have found that there is nothing more rewarding than seeing our clients succeed and becoming more prosperous in their development journeys.

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Once we have been engaged on your project, we utilise our extensive network of experienced consultants to acquire multiple quotes from different surveyors and civil engineers. We then work closely with these consultants, right from when they commence through to the application being lodged, ensuring that we dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s for your best outcome possible.

Prior to lodgement of the application, we collect all the supporting documents that will be required for submission to council. These include the plans for your subdivision and concept, as well as the hydraulic and ecology reports etc. We do our best to avoid any information requests by insisting these documents are obtained prior to any lodgements. By doing this, the turnaround will be fast and hassle free for all involved.

During the development application process, we ensure we remain transparent at all times by keeping our clients 100% informed of each and every step. We follow up with Council on a regular basis and provide updates as often as possible, which is generally every week. By doing this, we are able to streamline the process to the best of our ability. We even provide RiskSMART approvals, which can streamline the process to an approval within only 5 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.

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