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Council finally forwards RFS comments

Council finally forwards RFS comments

What happened? Finally, I received the comments from RFS. These comments stayed, just for the sake of time wasting, in the Council’s inbox for almost four weeks. Lessons I have learned that RFS sent back their comments on 22 Sep 2017. In their email on  25 Aug 2017, the Council suggested they will let me know as soon as the response from RFS is received. So it would appear to be that “‘as soon as” in the Council terms means…

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Can you trust S149 certificate?

Can you trust S149 certificate?

NO, you CANNOT rely on the information in the Campbelltown City Council Section 149 certificate when you purchase the land. The information in the Section 149 certificate is presented in a way to lure you into a big expense trap. What is Section 149 Certificate? According to Infotrack, Section 149 Certificates, also known as zoning certificates, are legal documents issued by NSW Council’s under the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. They contain information about how a property…

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Can legal representation help you deal with the Council?

Can legal representation help you deal with the Council?

NOBODY CAN HELP YOU! Remember that the Council is the Government. The Government is at the top level of the Australian social hierarchy. As such, the Government is immune from a majority of legal claims and proceedings. After all, how can the Government judge itself… Well, this is theory. What about practice? We spoke to four law and town planning firms. The song is the same. According to historical precedents, people rarely win cases against the Government. Apparently, you need…

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Is it difficult to deal with Campbelltown City Council?

Is it difficult to deal with Campbelltown City Council?

Oh, Yes!! (This is not a sign of a positive emotion) First of all, you are not allowed to have a conversation with your assigned assessing officer. In the last two years, I only managed to speak to the Council’s officer on a handful of occasions. And this is not for the lack of trying. I estimate I made around 300 calls to the Council in this time. Often, it was important to talk to the Council in order to progress…

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How long will it take to get the DA approval?

How long will it take to get the DA approval?

Reportedly, it is not uncommon for the approval of a DA for construction of residential dwelling in the Campbelltown City Council area to take in excess of 2 years. Our DA has not reached that mark yet – check out the counter in the top right corner of this page for current timing. Just for example, It took the Council about half a year to reach internal consensus of what would be the Council’s requirements to the size of the…

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Will your budget be enough to build? (Add $60K to your budget!)

Will your budget be enough to build? (Add $60K to your budget!)

In a typical scenario, your major costs to build on a block of land are the cost of purchase plus the cost of construction. No one would typically expect major costs for the construction of a residential dwelling to be beyond this simple formula. And then comes unexpected! In order to review your development application, the Council will require you to pay: Item Cost Council application fee $4,200.00 Bushfire Assessment Report $6,817.69 Flora and Fauna Assesment Report $5,280.00 Land Contamination…

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Is it profitable to buy a real estate property in Campbelltown?

Is it profitable to buy a real estate property in Campbelltown?

As we experienced, there will be no profit from the purchase of the land in the Campbelltown City Council. Lets do some sums. You buy a block of land for $500,000. You live on a rent for a period of construction – well, you need to live somewhere, so this does notcount. Say your land purchase loan has 6% interest – in 3 years, you will pay $90,000. During this period, you will pay, at the Council’s whim, in excess…

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Call to RFS and email to Council

Call to RFS and email to Council

In the morning, RFS advised that they sent the response back to the Council on Friday  22/09/2017. Apparently, they again require an additional information. Just sent an email to the Council advising them that RFS sent back the response and asking if any additional information will be required from me as an applicant. No response from the Council yet…  

RFS Update still not ready!

RFS Update still not ready!

Called RFS today and they advised that the update is still not ready. The gentleman on the phone in fact recognized me that I called on Monday (he actually thought it was yesterday but it was Monday). Will try to call them again on Friday…