Have you ever thought about the quick and easy online ways to check a development site in order to avoid hours of wasted time and money? These sites sound like a “winner” at the time but after due diligence just do not stack up!
Here are some online places to visit:
- Aerial Check – http://maps.google.com.au – Google maps give a quick orientation to surrounding areas, roadways and access directions, location of key services, how dense the area is and how much vegetation is surrounding the site. For example, large chunks or hardly any – this could be a good indicator for your project on what outcome may happen to vegetation on your site.
- Planning Scheme Zones, Overlay Maps, Flood maps, Topography and services maps – Local Council generally have their own websites with available and relevant information. For example, schemes within Brisbane City Council go to http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/planning-building/planning-guidelines-and-tools/city-plan-zones-codes/index.htm for Planning Zones or for Maps check out http://olr13.brisbane.qld.gov.au/website/MN_CP/ (you will have to agree with the terms and conditions of the site first).
- Covenants/Easements/Leases – survey plans/title registrations are key registered documents to review for any underlying registered matters affecting the site. On line providers offer electronic search facilities – try http://www.searchfirst.com.au/searches/ or http://www.realtor.com.au/cgi-bin/vgmsg/pubaccess/ats/atsintro.p?co=. Alternatively, you can get these over the counter at the Department of Environment and Resource Management.
- Land Use Area Designations – Review the South East Queensland Regional Plan for any designations that may impact your site at http://www.dlgp.qld.gov.au/regional-planning/south-east-queensland-regional-plan.html
- Department of Environment and Resource Management – Be aware of key resource areas by checking maps such as drainage, ground water, elevation, etc online at http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/services_resources/category.php?class_id=8&topic_id=6
- Vegetation – An easy way to check in regards to vegetation is to go to http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/wildlife-ecosystems/biodiversity/regional_ecosystems/introduction_and_status/regional_ecosystem_maps/