Guest Blog

7. Compensation on Resumption of Real Estate in Qld

7. Compensation on Resumption of Real Estate in Qld

In this Guest Blog, Ian Neil of McCarthy Durie Lawyers discusses the procedure for compensation on resumption of real estate in Queensland.

Compensation is to be assessed “on fair and reasonable value as at the date of the taking, based on the highest and best use of the land”. Importantly, Ian notes that it is essential for professional advice to be obtained, because the value of the taken land is not based on the value of the current use but the land’s potential use. Any affected land owner is well advised to immediately seek advices from specialists such as a town planner, valuer and lawyer to advise on the compensation claimable. And why wouldn’t you do so, because all reasonable cost incurred are claimable against the resuming authority, even if the resumption does not ultimately proceed.

Ian has over 30 years experience as a solicitor in the Queensland Planning & Environment and Land and Supreme Courts and can assist with all matters relating to the topics canvassed in this blog as well as other planning law matters.

6. Great Parks make Good Financial Investments

6. Great Parks make Good Financial Investments

In this Guest Blog, David Hatherly of Vee Design suggests the importance of well designed public open space should no longer be seen as ‘nice to have’ in our cities, but rather should now be seen as providing sound economic value and return for our cities. So isn’t it time we widen our economic ROI perspective to put parks, open space and public urban plazas as high up the list of essential public infrastructure as sewer networks, waste services and water supply systems.

5. The Role of Traffic Engineers/Transport Planners in the DA Process.

5. The Role of Traffic Engineers/Transport Planners in the DA Process.

Within this blog, Damien Bitzios from Bitzios Consulting describes the key roles and functions of a traffic engineer within the development application process and how ‘upfront’ design advice is the most important contribution to achieving project success.  He also delves into why Brisbane and similar Australian cities have traffic congestion and why it is not going to go away.

4. Flood Assessment for Property Development

4. Flood Assessment for Property Development

Since the early 2000’s, overland flow has become an increasingly important constraint which has affected large scale developers, Mum and Dad investor/renovators, engineers, architects and certifiers.  This guest blog by Mark Gibson from MRG Water & Civil discusses a little more about the issue and how to understand the challenges and solutions in a Brisbane based setting.

3. Bushfire Hazard Assessment for Development Applications

3. Bushfire Hazard Assessment for Development Applications

In this Guest Blog Rob Friend, Director of Rob Friend & Associates Environmental Consultants briefly outlines the methodology for assessing bushfire hazard risk and reporting requirements for situations where development is proposed on land that is mapped within a particular bushfire hazard class.

2. Environmental Impact Assessment - An Overview

2. Environmental Impact Assessment - An Overview

In this Guest Blog, certified environmental practitioner and Director of Epic Environmental, Dr Mark Breitfuss briefly describes the practical aspects of environmental impact assessment that development proponents could consider as they venture down a particular approvals pathway. 

1. The Planning Appeal Process Explained

1. The Planning Appeal Process Explained

In this Guest Blog, Planning and Environment Lawyer and Principal of Anderssen Lawyers, Dale Ellerman outlines the process of an Appeal in the Planning and Environment Court.