The project at Lowry St in Shelly passed a major hurdle recently: DA approval for the front dwelling! Anita, the land owner, is excited about progressing to the next steps focussing on getting construction underway, obviously sooner rather than later. We’re currently getting quotes from builders and looking at proceeding with survey strata process, creating opportunity for two parties to purchase land & house package in this very desirable location, and be part of this exciting project and little community.
Anita’s vision for the development is creating a diverse, sustainable community. Ideally the whole block would be redeveloped at the same time, together with like minded future owners. The land is almost 1,500sqm and offers a range of redevelopment possibilities, the most likely being three dwellings, at least one of which will incorporate ancillary accommodation (a granny flat). Some economies of scale can obviously be achieved by completing construction of all new homes simultaneously which is why Anita is keen to connect with like-minded people interested in developing the land with her early.
What has been interesting is that Anita’s project highlighted an interesting shortcoming of the current R-Codes; you are unable to incorporate a single dwelling with ancillary accommodation in a built strata development which is what Anita’s future home is. Anita is looking forward to moving into the granny flat, and have her daughter and family will live in the main part of the house next to her. Built strata was the preferred option for redevelopment of Anita’s block as it provides more flexibility for sustainable design and (shared) open space. The R-Codes however require a single dwelling with ancillary accommodation to sit on a green title or survey strata lot; the City of Canning confirmed that they are unable to consider an application where this type of dwelling is part of a built strata project. Anita has no choice but to go down the survey strata route and create a separate survey strata lot for her new home. (Note that the size of this lot needs to be a minimum of 450sqm.)
Needing to go down the survey strata route, Anita will probably proceed to create (in addition to her own front lot) two additional survey strata lots at the rear. One of the benefits of survey strata is that it helps Anita avoid having to fund the construction of all dwellings herself which would be an enormous financial commitment and risk. Instead, she will be able to sell the rear two lots as land and house packages to interested parties who will be able to tweak the designs and finishes to suit their needs, while ensuring that the overall vision for the property is maintained.
Anita’s property is in a desirable location, right near the Canning River. If you are interested in speaking with her about the possibility of purchasing one of the rear homes, give me a call on 0438 718 247 or email me.