The NUMBER OF BUSINESS DAYS it TYPICALLY takes us to review a proposal and respond with options
The average number of times each WEEK that we actively work to GET PEOPLE OUT OF AN APPLICATION
The NUMBER OF YEARS our HEAD HONCHO Peta Charles has been playing in the Town Planning Industry
Our FAILURE RATE ... aka the number of applications we lodged that didn't go according to plan
How we work
We review the proposal to see if we can draw on exemptions to avoid a Town Planning application. If an application is required, we look at whether tweaks can be made to the design to avoid any triggers.
If an application can't be avoided, we look at what can be done to allow the proposal to be lodged via the RiskSMART (fast track) process. Ensuring a 1-2 week turnaround time, a 20% discount on Council fees and 99% chance of approval.
As a last resort, we explore the timeframes, costs and most importantly chances of success, of lodging via the normal team process. Noting that on principle, we won't lodge an application if we don't honestly think that Council will approve it.
We present the options to the Building Designer and/or client, and they choose which pathway they want to go down. In the process, we give the client the power to take control of the costs, timeframes and outcome.
If you (or your client) choose to avoid an application, we both do a happy dance and you go on your merry way. Keeping in mind that we are always here if you (or the Certifier) have any questions down the track.
We love RiskSMART (fast track) applications IN BRISBANE, particularlY...
SMALL SUBDIVISIONS & BOUNDARY RE-ALIGNMENTS (UP TO 10 LOTS)
SMALL INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS & EXTENSIONS
SMALL UNITS & TOWNHOUSES (UP TO 10 DWELLINGS)
SMALL COMMERCIAL PROJECTS
We may have a big name and crazy big ideas, however, our passion lies in working with the "little guys" like us. As it is where we feel we can make the biggest difference and hence, where we get the greatest satisfaction.
Meet The Team
The Brisbane Town Planning (BTP) family is made up of three equally important people. With peta as the head honcho/principal planner, Bee as the CLIENT CUPID/town planning rookie and LESLIE AS THE ADMIN WIZ.
Professional on the outside and slightly loco on the inside … which means she is serious when she needs to be and lighthearted when she doesn’t. Peta is obsessed with innovation/automation, has a strong distaste for bureaucratic red tape (the time/energy waste drives her bonkers) and she loves to challenge expectations.
Most importantly though, she is driven by the saying "knowledge is power". This means that she is passionate about being transparent/honest and educating people about the inner workings of the town planning process … so they don't get hoodwinked into going down a path that isn't right for them.
BELINDA (AKA BEE)
She may not have "the degree", but Bee has absorbed a bucket load of planning knowledge in the four plus years she has been part of the Brisbane Town Planning (BTP) family. This is what has earned her the nickname of the "Town Planning Sponge", and it has made her an invaluable asset to the team.
Bee's role is to act as our ‘client cupid’. What’s that we hear you say? Well, she is the primary point of contact for initial enquiries and she supports existing clients when Peta is tied up … so that they always feel the BTP love. This role suits her to the T, as she oozes those warm friendly motherly vibes and is always up for a chat.
Don’t let first impressions fool you. Once you get to know Leslie, you will see the professional facade crumble and the laughing prankster will come charging at you.
Having worked behind the scenes in a research capacity for many moons, Leslie’s is now stepping up and taking on a more formal role in the BTP family. Her new role sees her acting as Peta’s right hand woman (so to speak). In addition to working her research magic, she will now be helping us step up our social media (and hence education) game. More importantly though, she will be stepping into a quasi PA role. Helping to speed up our response timeframes by passing on Peta’s feedback when she is running between meetings etc.
WHAT DRIVES US
We are obsessed with taking the BS out of the Town Planning Process. BS being red tape, unnecessary delays, unnecessary costs, lack of transparency and all round general hoodwinking that the industry is developing a rep for.
How do we do this? Well, we think we “walk to talk” in two key ways!
Firstly, we are passionate about empowering people through education. Just check out our social media to see what we mean. Secondly, we are big on providing prompt/honest advice (at no cost) at the start of the design process. Advice that outlines ALL of the options available, including the costs, timeframes and most importantly, our view on the chances of success on each one. Options that normally include 'designing to avoid a DA'.
What makes us different?
Well, unlike most Town Planning firms, BTP is run by young'ish females. This means that we bring a different (fresh) perspective and a sense of energy to the Town Planning process. Why take our word for it though, read the testimonials below to see what others have to say about us.
what our clients have to say about us
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It costs absolutely nothing to ask us for help or our opinion on your proposal and we normally respond within 1 business day. Really, you have nothing to lose by asking us to review your job. You never know, we may be able to get you out of a DA.
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Our Fee Structure
We do not charge for initial advice or investigations. Never have and if we have our way, we never will! If you have any questions or need some advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
If your proposal requires an application to Council, then we charge a set fee to prepare/lodge the relevant documentation and to manage the application on your behalf.
Our quotes will always include all of our fees, estimated Council assessment fees and any applicable advertising fees.
Please keep in mind that they do not account for ancillary costs. Such as Surveying fees (where applicable), plan preparation costs or Building Certification costs.