Do you know about the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme and how it impacts properties in bush fire zone?
If you live in a bush fire zone property, you are covered by the 10/50 scheme. This scheme basically makes it simple for those higher risk properties wanting to reduce their risk in the event of bush fire.
The scheme allows people in a designated area to:
- Clear trees on their property within 10 metres of a home, without seeking approval; and
- Clear underlying vegetation such as shrubs (but not trees) on their property within 50 metres of a home, without seeking approval.
Click this link to access the online tool to easily check if you land is covered by the 10/50 scheme. Be sure to check this regularly and on the day you are clearing to confirm eligibility as entitlement areas might change.
Have you ever wondered what you can or cannot do to your property without approval from your local council? The works that can be done without approval are often called exempted development. Now there is a new and free tool developed by NSW government to simplify the process called the Interactive Buildings tool. Read more…
The new Apartment Design Guide (ADG) and the revised SEPP 65 were officially launched on 17 July, 2015. Review of these planning guides is long overdue since the release of the original SEPP 65 and Residential Flat Design Code (RFDC) 13 years ago in 2002. The new guide is aimed to provide more clarity to both council and architects as well as developers with updated design quality principles to respond to contemporary issues . It also strengthen the requirements around design review panels to ensure quality development is proposed and built.
One of the key measures with this new guide is to add car parking to the non discretionary development standards. This means that there are now 3 matters covered by clause 30A of SEPP 65, where council has no ground to refuse an application if it meets the minimum requirements of CEILING HEIGHT, APARTMENT SIZE and CARPARKING. Read more…
As the cost of property and land has progressively risen across most capital cities (Especially in Sydney) and the demand of occupant is shifting towards smaller living spaces; the demand for duplex has recently gained momentum. For those who are not familiar with duplex development; a duplex property is effectively two adjoining properties occupying one block or plot of land sharing at least one common wall.
There are a number of reasons why people purchase or build a duplex. The units can be very spacious and are usually much bigger than the average apartment and duplex usually still has good sized private outdoor spaces. Another wonderful thing about a duplex development is that the build costs may not be that much more than building one larger house. However, the land cost is halved for each dwelling.
This is good alternative for those that want to live in a house rather than apartment but find that cost of house is out of budget. Duplex can also help home owner paying for part of the mortgage by renting the other half of the property out to others or for investors to rent or sell both out. Even though it is sharing at least a common wall, each unit of the duplex has its own entrance so privacy is never an issue.
With so many benefits associate to it, no wonder duplex development is set to significantly increase in numbers in 2014/15.
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Finally, a building material that is created to fit aesthetic and functionality expectation and comes in line with sustainability. The wood wool acoustic panel is a new building material designed by Swedish design group Form Us With Love (http://www.baux.se/). The material is known as “material that breathes”, it is made from wood wool, cement and water, the combination of natural elements provide many functional characteristics such as sound absorbent, high moisture diffusion, low energy cost, less environmental impact along with its aesthetic appearance, making it the perfect sound insulation solution for residential, commercial or even public places.
The panel comes in 6 different shapes and a range of astonishing colors to choose from to create your own feature wall, your imagination is the only limit.