How Many Units Can I Fit On My Land?

There is no simple answer to how many units you can fit onto your land. The answer depends on a variety of factors, primarily the planning and zoning codes of the relevant local council.

When it comes to approving your development project, most local councils are less interested in how many dwellings you can fit onto your land. The major focus for them is the design of the project, and how it adheres to the relevant standards and conforms to the context of the site.

Site Analysis and Consultation

The most prominent requirements that are required to be fulfilled, relate to your local government’s planning scheme. As each site is treated uniquely there aren’t any standardised benchmarks for property densities.

A typical element in a development application is a site analysis plan prepared by a town planner to best find the development opportunities and constraints of the site. The preparation of this plan will assist in determining the potential of the site, the suitability for development and how many units can be considered appropriate.

Ultimately, any proposals for more than one dwelling per property need are discussed with a development consultant, town planner and surveyor. You’ll likely need a planning permit for such a proposal.

Relevant Factors

The following factors are considered during the planning phase to determine how many dwellings can fit on a block of land.

• Land size and shape – A larger block of land may accommodate more units. Rectangular blocks generally accommodate more units than irregular blocks. Width is also important when it comes to vehicle access and manoeuvrability. Slopes in the land can add restraints on the design and extent of excavation possible on the block.

• Location – Land close to an urban activity centre or village will generally allow for higher density. The opposite may be true of land further away from these areas.

• Council – The likelihood of your development proposal can vary depending on the relevant department’s feelings. While it may be possible to fit five units on your land, only four may be supported by the council. You have the right to appeal to the Planning and Environment Court but in any case, successful outcomes are not guaranteed

• Size of units – One or two-bedroom units may allow you to fit more on the land as opposed to three-bedroom units.

• Type of allotment – Corner sites generally allow for high densities as the block has more driveway and manoeuvrability space by having two street frontages.

Experienced Builders in Melbourne

If you’re looking for an experienced and qualified builder in Melbourne, get in touch with Arlington Homes on 9375 4194 or email us at contact@arlingtonhomes.com.au.

With more than 30 years of experience, our team can help with multi-unit development projects all across Melbourne.

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