Site Finding Course (Brisbane City Council)

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This course does not require any pre-existing knowledge of planning or property development. it will provide guidance for a complete beginner and also sharpen the knowledge of someone more experienced.2-3 hours. Completely online, start or stop any time you want and pick up where you left off.Access to the internet. Multiple tabs will be required whilst completing this course

Course summary:

The process of finding a suitable property for development can be extremely complicated. The smallest things can significantly affect the ability for you to achieve what you want. Whether you’re wanting to subdivide, develop townhouses, or just build your dream home, this course will arm you with all the information, in order to make an informed town planning decision.

URPEC’s Site Finding Course is co-written by Steffan Town Planning who are experts in town planning and development consulting and will teach you applicable skills and real-world knowledge that textbooks simply cannot provide.

What is included in this course?

We’ve included $2900 worth of written advice such as:

  • A copy of the ‘Town planners dictionary’;
  • A ‘cheat sheet’ for the following developments:
    • Dual Occupancy (normally $600)
    • Multiple Dwelling (normally $600)
    • Rooming Accommodation (normally $600)
    • Reconfiguration of a Lot (normally $600)
  • A ‘check sheet’ that every developer needs to have when looking at a development site. 

By being informed about the key planning issue associated with a development, you’re saving hundreds of dollars every time you call a town planner. The faster you can explain the issues with a site, or move past troublesome sites, you could be saving up to $250/hour of work for your town planner.

The Site Finding Course is broken down into ‘Lessons’ which include a number of ‘Topics’. Each lesson ends with an exam that applies the information you have just learnt into real-life circumstances.

This course is very interactive and at times you will be required to have multiple windows open. We recommend completing it with a computer so you can navigate between the course and other websites.

Who wrote this course?

This course is co-presented by Steffan Town Planning and written by their Director – Alexander Steffan. Alex has been a town planner and development consultant since 2005 and has gained approval for over 2000 developments throughout that time. He has worked on a range of developments from single carports right through to high-rise apartment developments, high-yielding subdivisions, and industrial/commercial uses. With a team of seven town planners based in East Brisbane, there almost isn’t a town planning issue that Alex or one of his team hasn’t encountered before.

To start this course, scroll down and click ‘Course introduction’ to start your first lesson.

All course materials will be provided by URPEC.