Town Planning Services
We help you get Development Applications and Complying Development through council. Our town planning services are aimed at large commercial, industrial and multi-use developments, as well as private homes and extensions.
Being kind to the environment is the golden thread through everything we do. Through our certification with the Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) and Section J report, we help you get certified in your efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption.
We understand the fine print in all development requirements that aim to achieve BASIX Certification. Through our expertise, we’ll guide you through the certification and reporting process.
All Development Applications require Statements of Environmental Effects (SEE), except Designated Development and State Significant Developments, which require Environmental Impact Statements.
The SEE also addresses how a development proposal complies with applicable legislative requirements, such as the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP) and any other applicable planning instruments such as State Environmental Planning Policies.
There are so many highly detailed guidelines, and we know all of them like it’s our own native language.
We can easily study the relevant legislation, strip out the jargon and prepare the document to meet all requirements, which boils down to a smooth development process for you.
We are also great at building sound arguments and compiling relevant additional information to demonstrate that your development proposal meets all requirements.
BASIX is a New South Wales Government requirement for all new residential developments and alterations to existing dwellings valued at more than $50,000.
BASIX Certification aims to reduce household electricity and water use by setting minimum sustainability targets. Buildings are assessed to ensure they are thermal, energy and water-efficient.
In short – new dwellings have to use less water and be more energy-efficient.
The sustainability of the proposed development is compared to BASIX targets based on a benchmark average for NSW. A BASIX Certificate is required as part of the planning process for all Development Applications, including:
As part of the BASIX Certification appraisal process, a NatHERS thermal energy assessment is often used.
This involves running a computer simulation of your development using the latest thermal performance software, modelling the building according to aspect, room layout, orientation, window design, breezes and building construction.
Your building will receive a star rating that shows how well your home maintains a comfortable temperature year-round and the amount of energy needed to maintain it.
There’s no need for you to worry about your star rating because our expert town planning consultants at E Planning can provide you with a range of cost-effective solutions and practical recommendations for either meeting energy requirements or minimising thermal performance.
Once the appropriate assessments have been completed, E Planning will provide a BASIX Certificate and a NatHERS Certificate (where applicable) along with a stamped set of plans to demonstrate that your building meets thermal, energy and water targets. These documents are required as part of council submissions.
The cost of obtaining a BASIX certificate varies, depending on the building, so please contact us for a quote.
Like the BASIX certification for residential buildings, the Section J Report rates the environmental impact of buildings to lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy and water consumption.
Do I need a Section J Report?
A Section J report is required by all commercial buildings that fall into classes 2-9, and it is a requirement Australia-wide. Most local councils will require this report to be included with the Development Application.
Our town planning consultants have knowledge and experience of energy efficiency measures, including the mechanical and electrical systems of a building. We also have a solid and up-to-date knowledge of building materials and their thermal properties.
If you need our help to undertake an assessment and complete a section J report for your building, contact our team today.
A modern two-storey boarding house in our town planning Lilyfield project presented a range of challenges for the architect and the E Planning team as they navigated the Development Application process.
No job is too big or too small for the team at E Planners. Why? Because every job presents its own unique challenges, which contribute to the group’s expertise. This is how our town planning expertise for the Mount Kiera project reached success.
If you have a question about town planning, sustainability, or anything in between, we’re happy to give a clear answer or at least steer you in the right direction. Contact us through the form below or call us anytime.
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