In addition to Town Planners, our Social Planners and Project Officers are experts in engaging with all stakeholders throughout the planning and development process. Our team employ a range of best-practice research and engagement approaches to make sure projects address all key issues, interests and values to deliver great places, opportunities and experiences.
Development applications and strategic planning
The preparation of development applications is the staple for Buildcert Planning, and our team has been doing so successfully for years. The importance of a well-considered and robust application strategy cannot be understated.
We have developed a streamlined approach to preparing, lodging and managing applications from beginning to completion, which manages both risk and cost.
We have strong relationships with Councils and State Government Agencies, and are proactive and pre-emptive in tackling and resolving issues early. Our track record in delivering approvals with this approach speaks for itself. Our specialist Development Planning services include:
- Statements of Environmental Effects
- Review of Environmental Factors
- Rezoning Applications (Planning Proposals)
- Government Liaison
The environment and approvals
Some development projects may have the potential to cause environmental harm or nuisance. Others may be located on sites that have certain sensitive environmental areas such as wetlands, remnant vegetation, watercourses or marine environments. These issues may involve the State in the assessment of applications or may require specific activity approvals or permits. The Buildcert Planning team will devise a thorough and pragmatic strategy to respond and resolve any application issues.
Our team draws on our extensive experience to provide practical advice and uses the most effective methods to address relevant codes, requirements, legislation and policies. In the provision of these services, we are associated with like-minded professionals that provides services in:
- Noise and Air Assessment
- Ecology (Flora and Fauna)
- Landscape Architecture
Due diligence reporting, project de-risking
Practical, accurate, and timely planning advice is critical to a successful property purchase if you are expecting to develop it in any way. We are experts at educating our clients about what they need to know, when they need to know it.
The extent of our advice at this critical stage is flexible; it may be that you require a formal report or statement about a particular property, or it may be as simple as a phone call or brief meeting on site.
- Development Feasibility Advice and Reports
The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) requirements apply to all residential dwelling types and are part of the development application process in NSW. BASIX is one of the strongest sustainable planning measures to be undertaken in Australia.
In NSW, there are BASIX requirements for water and energy usage and thermal comfort performance that apply to:
- all new residential dwellings
- alterations and additions to dwellings that cost $50,000 or more
- swimming pools of 40,000 litres or more
Buildcert Planning can prepare and issue a BASIX Certificate for any of these developments.
The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) is a star rating system (out of ten) that rates the energy efficiency of a home, based on its design.
By providing a ‘measuring tape’ to estimate a home’s potential heating and cooling energy use, NatHERS helps to make Australian homes more comfortable for their inhabitants and also helps residents to save on energy bills through smarter design choices.
Buildings with good insulation and solar passive design can reduce the occupant’s reliance on artificial heating and cooling. Heating and cooling is responsible for the majority of the average Australian household’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
NatHERS promotes the benefits of increasing thermal performance of homes, as this can often be achieved with no or little additional construction cost. Through its inclusion in the National Construction Code, NatHERS is used by state and territory governments to reduce the greenhouse gas impacts of residential buildings.
As an accredited NatHERS assessor, Buildcert Planning can prepare and issue a NatHERs Certificate for all developments.
Supporting planning services
Buildcert Planning are able to provide other multidisciplinary planning services. We can prepare and give advice on:
- Visual Impact Assessment
- Social Impact Assessment
- Crime Risk Assessment (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design)
- Plan of Management
- Waste Management Plan
- BASIX Assessment