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Offline alvchua

  • Joined: Aug 2009

  • Drives: Old junks
  • Location: Adelaide
Whilst it wasn't St Peters council, I took on Adelaide Hills Council, and lost!! Long story short - it was only a double colourbond garage but due to an idiot neighbour's allegations about stormwater run-off and overlooking, and after almost $27k in legal fees, I did all the representation myself and presented myself at the Development Assessment Panel meeting, Stuck to the agenda in question, avoided irrelevant points and pacified by paying for the retaining wall after being armed with an independent engineering report ($6k!) and got it through. I also managed to backfill and retain land that I could now do having paid for the retaining wall on the common boundary!

Do ur homework, try and comply within guidelines and where it doesn't, stay at least 450-900 from the boundary (depending on council) and avoid overlooking windows. Lawyers can get expensive!

When all else fails - go for a single level and not pour the slab, then slowly dig under and install a lift for ur car if u must and u still have 2 levels to play with after! Or alternatively, shipping containers do not need council approval!
Forgiveness is easier to achieve than permission!

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