Allan Van Planning can assist with all Town Planning and Surveying services

Residential Development

We provide the services to assist with applications for various types of developments including residential, commercial, community uses and industrial development.

We can manage a project from the initial planning review and advice, surveying, design, planning applications through to final approval and construction. We cover the Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council, Morton Bay Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, Gold Coast City Council and Logan City Council areas amongst others.

Examples of common development types are:

  1. BCC RiskSmart fast track Development Approvals
  2. Code Assess and Impact Assess applications
  3. Material Change of Use and Reconfiguring a Lot applications
  4. New houses and extensions in the Traditional Building Character Overlay
  5. Multiple Dwellings
  6. Subdivisions
  7. Industry in Industry Zones
  8. Retail Extensions
  9. Major Industrial Developments
  10. Multiple Dwelling Approvals (units)
  11. High-rise Residential Development
  12. Retail and Mixed Use
  13. Commercial
  14. Permissible Change to existing approvals

We have recently been involved in a number of high-rise residential developments as part of a recent boom in the Brisbane City Council area. We have also had success with altering development approvals, with one example in Newstead where we achieved an additional storey for the development.

We have acted for several churches of differing denominations in Logan City Council and Brisbane City Council local government areas. We have also acted for several transport companies in Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council, Logan City Council and Toowoomba Regional Council local government areas.

Subdivision Development

All subdivisions require planning approval. We are able to assist from the initial survey of the property right through to subdivision approval and creating the new lots.

Allan Van Planning specialise in small scale subdivision developments. We work closely with trusted consultants in order to ensure all surveying, planning and engineering components are combined to save time and money through the application, approval and construction process.

We are able to provide indicative costs for subdivision at the enquiry stage to enable you to make an informed decision prior to proceeding with the development.

Types of Reconfiguring a Lot:

  1. Subdivision
  2. Easements
  3. Strata / Building Format Subdivision
  4. Volumetric Subdivision
  5. Leases


Planning is becoming more and more complex. We can prepare a planning report for a site you own or a site you are looking to purchase to provide accurate planning advice regarding the development potential of the site.

If you are looking to make improvements to your property or looking to purchase a property with development potential, it is important to know what the planning regulations are prior to proceeding. We can provide an overview of the planning regulations on your site and include some advice regarding what could be approved on your site.

Where we see an opportunity to achieve development outside the minimum requirements of the planning scheme we recommend a pre-lodgement meeting with Council. We can arrange and attend the meeting to ensure the right advice is obtained and gain a clearer understanding of what would likely be accepted by Council.

Our town planning advice is timely and is great for:

  1. Feasibility studies
  2. Due diligence
  3. Highest and best use
  4. Level of assessment determination
  5. Property purchases
  6. Pre-lodgement meetings


We provide the services to assist you with resolving compliance action being taken against you by a local government. We have had ongoing success with negotiating outcomes for clients being issued with a Show Cause Notice.


Allan Van Planning has a reputation of helping clients that have been served by a Show Cause Notice. It is important to take these Notices seriously as to not to take action can end up with court action and the possibility of serious fines. The first step is for us to reassure Council that we are handling the problem, which allows you more time to understand what will be required in order to resolve the compliance action.


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• Gyms
• Churches
• Industrial Development
• Commercial Development
• Transport Depots


We are advisors in all types of property surveys.

  1. Detail and level surveys
  2. Identification surveys
  3. Subdivisions
  4. Lease plans