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Prelodgement Advice Service

Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) offers a free pre-lodgement advice service aimed at providing potential applicants with the opportunity to obtain written advice from planning officers or alternatively to meet with planning officers regarding their proposal. This service will identify and discuss the proposal, identify any key matters, and gain an understanding of the required development application process.

Applicants (whether they are mums and dads or consultants) often request advice on whether a particular proposal is likely to be successful. Whilst the officers will not be able to guarantee approval, this service will enable the Development and Planning Team to provide advice on individual aspects of a proposal.

The service will be able to identify improvements if needed to a proposal prior to lodging a development application and can assist customers by providing advice based on the information provided which can save time and money by providing detailed information relating to the proposed development.

Whilst the outcome of a development application cannot be guaranteed, it is more likely to succeed if it is well prepared, aligns with the region’s planning scheme and properly addresses and responds to relevant issues identified at pre-lodgement stage. This should also ensure the quicker delivery of decisions, time and cost savings and higher quality developments.

Prior to seeking pre-lodgement advice

Council has a range of online tools and information that may help inform an applicant’s consideration of a proposal prior to seeking written advice or attending a meeting.  Any applicant is encouraged to visit council’s website and/or look through the various tools available online. Some important links include:

  • Central Highlands Regional Council Planning Scheme
  • Central Highlands Regional Council Flood Portal

If your enquiry is general in nature feel free to email the Development and Planning team at tplanning@chrc.qld.gov.au. One of our officers will be able to respond and provide guidance as to whether written advice or a meeting would be necessary.

What do I need to provide to submit a pre-lodgement advice request?

Council has created an online request form that requires customers to provide information relating to the proposed development including:

  • Property address
  • Type of development proposed
  • Proposed development details including a schematic layout
  • Key matters for consideration

Customers are also required to attach relevant documents such as site plans, floor plans, elevations (does not have to be formal plans, can be hand-drawn). The greater level of detail submitted by customers will enable planning officers to provide more detailed planning advice on their proposals. The officers will review the information provided and provide this to the customer in the form of writing or via a meeting as requested. If a Meeting is selected, written advice will also be issued including any specific details and matters recorded at the meeting. This written advice is provided within 7 days if no meeting is required or 2 days after the meeting has been held.

Applicant Details

Contact Person

SITE DETAILS

Address
i.e. Lot 19 on SP210518
To check you can visit council’s ePlan - https://eplan.chrc.qld.gov.au/planningscheme/

TYPE OF ADVICE SOUGHT

Note: Written preliminary advice will be provided within 7 days of receipt of the request. If a meeting is requested a draft of the preliminary advice (including any minutes included as part of the meeting record) will be provided within 48hrs of the meeting. Confirmation of the draft is required by the applicant to then issue final preliminary advice.
Note: Written preliminary advice will be provided within 7 days of receipt of the request. If a meeting is requested a draft of the preliminary advice (including any minutes included as part of the meeting record) will be provided within 48hrs of the meeting. Confirmation of the draft is required by the applicant to then issue final preliminary advice.

IF MEETING IS REQUESTED PLEASE CONFIRM THE FOLLOWING

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Preferred Meeting Time
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Preferred Meeting Time
Preferred Meeting Method
i.e. Manager, Coordinator, Development Engineer, Strategic Land Use

NOMINATION OF MEETING ATTENDEES

Name
Name
Name

STATUS OF THE PROPOSAL

i.e. Site is under contract and undertaking due diligence
Max. file size: 50 MB.
Please be specific and list all matters that the applicant or applicant representatives request be considered within the advice. Alternatively if this is included in a separate document please state “See attached Pre-lodgement Request"

DISCLAIMER

The written advice given by the officers is intended as a guide only and in no way does the council accept any responsibility for loss or harm resulting in reliance upon the advice. The advice given cannot bind council to determine the outcome of any development application. The advice is given independent of the formal development application assessment process and no way is designed to influence or guarantee the outcome of the formal development application assessment process. The advice is only for use by the person or party lodging the proposed development application and not for use by any third parties. The advice will be considered commercial-in-confidence by the council. The written advice provided does not and cannot take into account information such as, but not limited to any submissions received nor any draft planning instruments, plans, policies or codes. The advice provided will relate only to the proposed application as submitted for review. The council accepts that the information given to it in support of the proposed development is accurate and if it is not the advice given cannot be relied on at all. The recommendations should be reviewed separately by an experienced and competent person with experience in development applications and planning before being relied on or used. The advice given should not be reproduced without prior approval by the council, or amended in any way without prior approval by the council, and cannot be relied upon by any other parties, who should endeavour to make their own enquiries.
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