So here’s YOUR HOMEWORK that we ask each of our clients to complete whilst the team is preparing your Preliminary Planning Assessment.
Study Your Ultimate Guide To Achieving Council Approval
In the mail will shortly arrive your personal copy of this guide. We invite you to:
Make An Appointment For Your Project Strategy Session (PSS)
Around 10-14 days of the date we received your commencement payment, you will hear from our team to make a time to discuss your project and our research (unless an alternative time frame has been discussed with you). We will contact you to make a booking to talk with our consultant where you and any other important decision maker can be included in the discussion.
Keep An Open Mind & Take Action
Finally, we ask you to keep your mind open to alternative types of development opportunities for your property should we be able to find one. Then take action so you can move closer to your property dream.
A Preliminary Planning Assessment (PPA), and its Project Strategy session (PSS), originally conceived by Council Approval Group, is a property analysis report and planning discussion on your property.
Not only is the purpose of this step to help you make a well-informed decision about the potential development options of your property (there are usually more than one or two options or even a combination of development options available), but it also predicts the sleekest course for an approval and anticipates the smoothest way around and through any anticipated “speed bumps”.
A Preliminary Planning Assessment generally answers the following questions:
A Preliminary Planning Assessment is essential for you to:
01. Avoid wasting time and money on an application only to find out later that the development you want is not permissible or is unlikely to be approved
02. Help you to find the easiest way to achieve your selected development option
03. Allow you to discover if there is a development scenario that is better suited to your needs or is more valuable than the option you have in mind
04. Better understand the towning planning laws that apply to your property
05. Explore and expose any planning law loopholes.
06. Receive preliminary advice on the likelihood of your preferred development option and its viability based on our 50+ consecutive years of experience
Consider what we like to call “the prescription without diagnosis is malpractice” parable to help explain this question.
You call up doctor A and explain that you’re aging and every 24 hours you seem to be getting a day older and ask what the strategies are that can slow this process down. Without asking any questions about your lifestyle or health history, doctor A quotes a ridiculous dollar amount and says that you need an unnecessary yet immediate emergency procedure and alludes that it might literally cost you an arm and a leg.
You have never been so motivated to get a second opinion!
You then call doctor B (like Council Approval Group) and explain your situation using the exact same words. Unlike doctor A, doctor B takes the time to ask you the right questions and talks you through the proper procedure of making a professional and more accurate diagnosis, explains why working together could be the right fit, and is willing to help you every step of the way. And for a small initial fee the foundational research could be done for further diagnosis. It’s only then that doctor B says they can know what’s really going on and how to tackle it.
Council Approval Group, like doctor B, only prescribes the full “treatment” (or the plan going forward for a development application, for example) once the primary research has been done—that’s the Preliminary Planning Assessment (PPA).
The PPA stipulates what development type or business use is associated with your property. Our team scrutinise each planning instrument to expose every possible development potential available to the property. Excitingly, there is often more than one development opportunity, some superior to others.
The PPA identifies and highlights the probability of issues or hurdles that could come up and how to navigate them.
You can see why it would be a mistake, often an expensive mistake, to jump straight to a development application before having the initial report carried out on your property.
The PPA report acts as a roadmap to help you navigate the subsequent stages of a development application and to offer you the options for the highest value and best use of your property. We believe this step is crucial to the success of any project.
As our Principal, Max Fragar, says, “in property the most expensive advice is free advice”.
We’re a company that has figured it out. For the first time ever we’ve correlated, collected, and systemised what we’ve learned from over 50 consecutive years of professional and personal experience in property and planning to help you through arguably the most complex and confusing system in NSW.
For us, the council approval process is no longer a Rubik of rules, paperwork, and attempts to reading council’s mind… well, there still might be a bit of that. But what we hope to present is a simplified, concise, and digestible framework to help you get the best outcome possible.
Here is our 7-step formula to achieving council approval. It has been formulated, tested, examined, tested again, and evaluated many times over based on our over 50 consecutive years of experience in the industry and doing this kind of stuff. Each of these steps has been fundamental to the success of our 3000+ projects that we’ve completed before yours. This formula allows us to achieve council approval every 2.5 days for one of our clients.
01. Free Consultation
02. Preliminary Planning Assessment (PPA) and Project Strategy Session (PSS)
03. Development Application Engagement
04. Plan Preparation
06. Post-Lodgement Liaison
Our aim is to find you the quickest and easiest path to approval.
Within our Preliminary Planning Assessment we examine your best course of action. Depending on your project, you may be able to utilise planning loopholes or fast tracks that mean you can shave off months of the approval process.
Should we determine that you do need a development application or development consent, we give you access to our highly refined process based on helping over 12,000 people.
This means a faster approval process for you, regardless of which path legislation mandates.
Council Approval Group have helped thousands of property owners and business owners over the last 25 years, giving them the right approval through council.
We continue to add hundreds of thousands of dollars in value to people’s lives through council approval, whether it be monetary in nature or the priceless gift of time. For many of our clients, getting an approval has meant a positive change in lifestyle and a better trajectory for the future. It sometimes has meant avoiding a sticky or complicated situation, or simply avoiding the time, stress, and hassle of dealing with council all on their own (dealing with council all on your own… now there’s a daunting thought).
Not only do we add value to our client’s business or property portfolio in the way of an approval, we are also proud to say that we add value to their lives.
Our years of success and trusted industry reputation can give you the confidence that Council Approval Group can help get you where your property and business dreams should be.
A coach or mentor can often take a decade of learning and experience and put it into a day for the benefit of others. That’s certainly what we aim to do with our over 50+ consecutive years of town planning experience.
We eat council applications for breakfast. Since the 1960s our team have been helping people navigate the council approval process. Having completed over 3000+ projects, we are hypersensitive to the nuances of any development application. Our years of experience help predict councils’ next moves and even dodge the unnecessary red tape. They would never admit it but our team have X-ray vision when it comes to seeing straight through councils’ intricacies and the multiple layers of planning law.
The top 5 benefits of using an expert town planner at Council Approval Group:
-We see and create opportunity
-We speak the town planning council lingo
-We advocate for real people, bringing them hope and clarity
-We ask the right answers to get the best results
-We expand your vision and the possibilities of your property
We’re proud of our history. Rewind to 1967. With Elvis sideburns, Max Fragar confidently sailed into a town planning career of which he would make a huge success and be admirably recognised for decades later. It was clear that Max had the town planning knack and was certainly good at what he did.
But one thing pulled Max Fragar’s heart string one too many times. Max realised that for many Australians the time, stress, and hassle of achieving council approval was a very real challenge. “On frequent occasions, I saw members of the community break down in sheer frustration at the front counter of council because of the daunting task it was to be able to try to understand the complex planning law and approval process. I often saw someone with a great dream and a great project simply give up because the whole process seemed too overwhelming, too stressful, too complicated and too difficult to pursue.”
And Max was determined to help.
So, after 25 years Max bowed out gracefully from his highly successful career within local government and turned instead to embrace the challenge of assisting everyday Australians to better navigate the council approval process. This decision in 1996 would mean that as of today over 12,000 people have been helped to navigate the approval process in Australia.
Since 2011, when Max’s son Colin Fragar partnered with his Dad, the team has continued to grow and expand. Today we are a firm of over 20 exceptional professionals who eat the council approval process for breakfast. Our magnificent team are in pursuit of making the planning and council approval process one to be enjoyed and not endured.
Today, Council Approval Group incorporates Max Fragar & Associates, Fragar Planning & Development, The Council Approval Experts, and Council Approval Design.
We proudly continue the admirable and worthwhile quest and mission that Max Fragar envisioned all those years ago. This vision is the foundational crux today: to simplify, even streamline, the council approval process for as many Australians as will have us help.
Although we’d like to help everyone, if you’re Harry Trigguboff, you’re not who we’re looking for.
If you’re only looking for the cheapest quote, we’re probably not going to be the right fit.
If you’re not ready to find out the true potential of your property and to move forward in the near future, you might like to look somewhere else.
We’re only interested in people who are ready now to change their lives and financial future by enhancing their properties’ potential through getting council approval.
Are you a property owner looking to maximise the potential of your land?
Are you someone who is looking for a secondary income or extra rental return?
Are you a property investor who wants to manufacture property yield through council
Do you have a business that needs council approval?
If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’re serious about moving forward now, well, then what are you waiting for? (That’s your cue to make an appointment to talk to us… Our number is 1300 138 008.)
Once you engage us to do a DA you will work directly with one of our highly experienced Local Government Town Planners.
We’re a firm of over 20 exceptional professionals who eat the council approval process for breakfast. Our magnificent team are in pursuit of making the planning and council approval process one to be enjoyed and not endured.
We don’t just write reports. We don’t just create plans. We achieve council approval. We create dreams.
We know how to talk the council lingo and can perceive, even predict, their next move, and we know how to jump through councils’ hoops of fire.
After helping over 12,000 people with their council approval, we are proud to say there is no one else in Australia like us with as much depth of experience and breadth of project knowledge that focuses on helping Australians achieve council approval.
Our founder, Max Fragar, says that a successful outcome is achieved only when you have all three of the following:
A Good Client + A Good Consultant + A Good Project.
In other words, it doesn’t matter how good your project is or how badly you want to achieve it, a project comes unstuck if you work with the wrong consultant.
With a collective experience of 387 years, our expert team is made up of highly skilled, very knowledgeable, and qualified property consultants, designers, and town planners. You can learn more about our team here.
Our expertise means your council approval is streamlined and given the best chance of success.
We have a 98% percent success rate in achieving council approval, based on our 25-year history.
This means that you can have certainty in knowing that not only you selected the best possible project (based on our Preliminary Planning Assessment) but you also gave your project the best possible chance of success.
To achieve the best result, and capitalise on our 98% success rate over the past 25 years, there are a few essential things that you need to do to maximise your chance of success:
The Australian town planning system is one of the most regulated and restricted systems in the world. Despite our track record being possibly the best in Australia, despite having 12,000 plus projects over 25 years under our belt, we do not guarantee approval.
We suggest that anyone who guarantees a council approval is playing in the infant safe zone. They usually are not in business for more than a year. Clients soon realise that if approval is guaranteed, it means that the consultant is not seeking the best outcome from council, as they play it safe so they keep their paycheque.
What we guarantee is that your project will be given the best possible chance of success for the best possible outcome.
With over 25 years of experience and having helped over 12,000 people, we have a highly refined system that can maximise your success when dealing with council. Our 98% success rate with council is mainly based on our clients taking each and all of the following steps:
We offer solutions for the following types of projects (and more)… [list out 30 projects]
Yes. Plans are an integral part of the application and council approval process. Your choice of designer will significantly impact your probability of approval and maximise yield.
It is well known in the council approval industry that “undercooked” plans by an underqualified designer are the first thing the council will attack when judging whether your application is even acceptable to lodge. That’s right, even before your application can begin to be assessed, council’s front-counter staff have the option to turn the application away if they find any deficiencies in your plans.
Saving a few dollars on plans by having them drafted by your “cousin’s mate” is a false economy.
After many years of working with hundreds of designers and all councils, we have hand selected our own in-house architect and design team. When you partner with Council Approval Group you are partnering with an award-winning architect, design team, and town planners.
This means you will increase the turnaround time of your council application and skyrocket your probability of getting approval.
Yes. We are a one-stop shop. With 25 years in the business we have personally curated a select group of professionals capable of pulling off all project types. As we work with these experts regularly, we know they are capable of and passionate about achieving the best result every time.
Further, we have a dedicated manager of consultant services who continually strives to reduce costs for our clients and improve service delivery times.
This means you can spend less time managing your project and get back to doing what you love.
Yes. Finding the right property at the best of times can be challenging. But as soon as you are looking for a particular property that you can do a particular type of project on, the complexity escalates.
We offer a premium concierge service to help select clients find the property they are after. By using this service you gain the benefit of working with a buyers’ agency within a sophisticated town planning firm so that you can find the properties with the right zoning, the right size, and the right location.
Please contact us if you would like to find out more about, and how to apply for, this service.
Yes. You don’t want to buy a property only to find you can’t develop it the way you want to.
We’ve assessed thousands of properties that are up for sale so that our clients could move forward confidently with their purchase. Sometimes our advice was to not proceed with the purchase, in which case our clients have managed to save hundreds of thousands of dollars by spending a little on our Preliminary Planning Assessment. Of course in those cases we have talked our way out of that engagement, but we believe that this honest firm advice means that clients come back to us for later advice.
Our commitment to giving you honest advice means you can move forward confidently with a property purchase.
Yes. Auctions are final, usually with no cooling off and no opportunity to insert “subject to council approval” clauses.
If you are looking at purchasing a property via auction and would like a consultant town planner to give you confidence in bidding, for an additional fee we offer a priority service. This premium Preliminary Planning Assessment and associated Strategy Session with a Senior Town Planner usually takes five full working days. Please contact us if you are looking at purchasing a property to see what our current turnaround times are.
We have helped hundreds of clients to buy, or walk away from, a property that is selling by auction. This gives you as much confidence as you can have when buying at an emotionally charged auction.
Of course the advice is always that we cannot guarantee council approval. If you do buy at market value, then your investment is generally safe and a council approval for further development should be seen as a bonus to that.
Absolutely. It would be our pleasure. Actually, this is one of the core drivers of what we do and why we do it.
One of the biggest mistakes people seeking council approval often make is settling too fast on a single development scenario before realising that there could be other, more valuable development options. Make sure you get the right advice early on, as it could potentially unlock hundreds of thousands of dollars in return on investment and at the very least a lot of time saved.
Planning law has become the primary legislation that determines what can be done with a property. An experienced and qualified town planner can help articulate potential development options that can avert spending any more time or money than necessary.
Your next step is to engage us to do a Preliminary Planning Assessment on your property so that you can be sure that you achieve the best possible development outcome for your property.