How to start planning building on empty land?
September 23, 2012 9:08 PM Subscribe
How do I get started building a small house on my (potentially difficultly zoned) empty land on the south coast of NSW?
posted by trialex to Grab Bag (4 answers total)
My sister and I inherited a bit of land from an aunt - we had no idea she owned it before she died. Since that time more than 10 years ago the property has sat empty, costing us a bit in council rates and land taxes each year. I now have the financial opportunity to do something with it, but I have no idea how to start. Who do I contact to get the ball rolling?
Bottom-up approach: Have ...someone... look at the zoning etc. and do a physical survey of the property to see what is possible. Who is this person?
Top-down approach: I have a basic building idea in my head, should I find an architect who can then refer me on (or organise it themselves) to the right people to to the initial investigations?
To complicate things, when we look at the Shoalhaven Council's website, it is zoned "1(g) Rural (Flood)" - probably because of a creek flowing diagonally though it. There are other properties with the same zoning nearby, so I'm guessing this isn't necessarily a deal breaker in regards to building. Does anyone have experience with approving buildings with this zone (I'm guessing probably unique to Shoalhaven with a lot of overlap in other councils)? Also it is currently not cleared.
Thanks heaps, happy to give any further needed details.