Council Development Plans and Orders

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About Council Development Plans and Orders

Council development plans and orders are local government tools for guiding and regulating land use. Development plans set the vision and rules for an area’s growth, showing where and what types of development are allowed or restricted. Development orders are legal directives from councils to ensure developments follow local rules. These tools are created and enforced through a thorough process involving community consultation, planning, and regulation, balancing development goals with environmental and community well-being.

Our team of Grafton-based solicitors can help you understand and navigate local development regulations, assist with development applications, negotiate with the council, represent you in legal disputes, ensure compliance with development orders, and manage property transactions while considering local government and planning laws.

Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers have been serving the community for over 40 years and we’d love to help you too. Book a free consultation online or at a location convenient to you.

Who We Help with Council Development Plans & Orders

We’re based in Grafton, but have experience dealing with clients across New South Wales and we’re confident we can help you regardless of where you’re based.

How we Help With Council Development Plans and Orders

Council Development Plans

We provide insight into council development plans, helping our clients understand the specific requirements and implications of their projects. Our team analyses these plans to identify how they align with or impact our clients’ development objectives. We offer advice on zoning regulations, land use policies, and any restrictions that might affect the feasibility or design of a project. 

By interpreting these complex documents, we ensure our clients are fully informed and prepared to make strategic decisions that align with both their goals and local planning frameworks.

Council Development Orders

Development orders set out the conditions and requirements for specific projects. Compliance with these orders is mandatory, and failure to comply can result in significant delays or legal challenges. 

Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers assists clients in understanding the obligations imposed by development orders and advises on the best strategies for compliance. When orders pose a challenge to project viability or goals, we provide expert support in preparing and submitting appeals or requests for modification, representing our clients’ interests to achieve more favourable terms.

Why Choose Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers

Proven Expertise

Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers boasts a track record of successfully navigating council development plans and orders for our clients. 

We have a history of securing favourable outcomes, whether that involves gaining approval for complex development projects, negotiating beneficial terms in development orders, or successfully appealing council decisions. Our successes stem from a deep understanding of the planning process and a commitment to excellence in all we do.

Local Insights

Throughout the years we have cultivated strong relationships with councils and planning authorities throughout New South Wales, gaining valuable insights into local planning strategies, priorities, and decision-making processes. 

This local expertise allows us to offer tailored advice that accurately reflects the planning context of each project, enhancing our ability to navigate the system effectively for our clients.

Client-Centred Approach

At the heart of Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers is a client-centred approach that prioritises your needs and goals. 

We understand that each client and project is unique, requiring personalised solutions and dedicated attention. Our team takes the time to listen, understand, and strategise, ensuring that the advice and services we provide are perfectly aligned with your objectives. We are committed to clear communication, transparency, and partnership throughout the planning process, ensuring you feel supported and confident in the path forward.

Book A Free Consultation

If you’re facing challenges or seeking guidance on council development plans and orders, Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers is ready to assist. Contact our team of solicitors today to arrange a free consultation.

Frequently asked questions

In most circumstances, we can work around what is more convenient for you. We are generally able to work with clients over the phone, via email, or zoom, but if you’d like to meet in person, we can set that up too. Obviously, if there is paperwork to sign we will work with you to arrange an accessible location.

During this 15 minute consultation, we will typically discuss your legal matter and why it is you’ve come to us. We can outline a suggested approach, associated costs to move forward, and the next steps should you choose to continue with our services.

Without meeting or understanding the complexity of your situation, it’s difficult to provide an unmitigated cost. After discussions, once we understand the circumstances of your legal matter, we will be able to give you an estimate of the range of costs you may incur.

We do offer fee arrangements (such as instalments) and can discuss these with you once we establish a way forward. We are always prepared to work with you to come up with a mutually acceptable arrangement.

No, we do not bill in six-minute intervals. We can usually provide a fixed fee quote once we establish the associated works involved in your matter.

We will always be upfront with how long processes take and aim to work as quickly as possible, particularly when you are working to a tight timeframe.

Just remember that some steps in the timeline are out of our hands, so be sure to take that into account.

To prepare for your first appointment, we’ll ask you to send us any documents relating to your matter, as well as any notes that might help us to understand the background a little better.

By the end of your appointment, both of us should know whether or not we can help in your particular matter and the pathway forward. We can also discuss any fees and/or charges to expect to resolve your issue.

Our flat fee for basic general conveyancing is $1,500+GST, plus any disbursements that might come up in that particular matter. Complicated matters may incur a higher fee. Again, we will always be upfront with the charges you can expect.

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