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Ultimate Dual Occupancy Property


What is the Ultimate Development Site in Melbourne for dual occ and townhouse projects? This is the million dollar question! The Ultimate Development Site (UDS) should satisfy all of these characteristics:

  • The cost of the site should result in acceptable development margins

  • The site width should allow for two crossovers

  • The site length and area should allow adequate north facing open space for recreation and landscaping

  • The site should be close to infrastructure, schools, shops and transport

  • The title should be clear of restrictions and preferably without any easements

  • All the essential services should be available onsite or in close proximity and run in the most advantageous position

  • The site orientation should be perfect so that the amenities of neighbouring properties are not adversely affected

  • The zoning of your land and it's associated Schedule should not be restrictive

  • The planning overlays on your land should not be too restrictive

  • The site should be fairly level

  • There should be little or no significant vegetation on the site and on abutting sites within say 5 m of the common boundaries

  • A soil test should demonstrate the foundations will not require additional strengthening

  • There should be no encroachments on your title boundary or by your property on adjoining allotments

  • There should preferably be precedents for similar development in your neighbourhood

  • There should be no planning overlays burden

  • Your local Council should encourage development to meet their housing stock forecast

But don't fret if your property isn't the perfect ten. An experienced architect or designer with sound town planning skills and knowledge will get great results from challenging sites.

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