Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Good News!

We had our Pre-DA meeting with council today. They were mostly very positive about our design with only one real objection - the setback of our garage in relation to the front border of the property. We knew they would object to the setback but we were surprised that they didn't have many other issues with our design. The agreed that the tree we want to pull out to make way for our driveway should come out due to structural issues. They didn't seem to have a problem with the size of the house or the flat roof. They congratulated us on the fact we are doing something different with the modern facade of the house.

So now we need to make a decision whether we fight them on the setback advice or redesign the front of the house. We have loads of examples of where they have made exceptions for other houses built in the vicinity of ours in recent times and allowed people to build closer to the street than we are asking so I think we have a reasonable chance of negotiation...

But so far it's all good news. And we are one step closer to building our new house which is very exciting!


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