Monday, 28 October 2013

Small Win

After giving our independant bush fire consultant the go ahead on friday, we werent expecting to receive the report until the end of this week. We were quite suprised when we received the completed report this morning, and to make it even better - the bal was 12.5!! I have now forwarded the report direct to the council officer looking after our file, fingers crossed now that we might have DA approval by the end of the week.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Bushfire Assessment Battle

Our admin dramas have continued this week. All of our DA documents were uploaded to the council tracking site, where I was able to look at our bushfire assessment that Rawson had submitted, and was disappointed to see that they had assessed us as Bal 29. We have been told all along since before going to tender that the bal assessment would be reviewed as the initial assessment was done before any houses had been built. The whole stage has now been developed, apart from our site, and all of our neighbours have been assessed as bal 12.5. Bal 12.5 is a huge saving in $$, so after a few angry emails and phone calls, Rawson have agreed for us to get an independant bush fire assessment report completed, and they will credit the cost of the report back to us. We have decided to use Newcastle Bushfire Consulting, as they completed our neighbours assessment and have said they support a bal 12.5. The council are going to proceed with assessing our DA but are going to hold off on final approval until the new report is submitted, which should only take 5-7 days. Another delay - but well worth the wait.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Finally In Council

So today marks day 118 of the admin phase, and we are finally in council! Our pool plans were submitted yesterday, and the house was submitted today. Praying now that we have a speedy and delay free approval process.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Impatiently Waiting

So today we are at day 115 of the 120 day admin period, and we are still waiting for our plans to be lodged to council. Water board stamped them on 4th October, they were then submitted to Mine Subsidance, and we were advised they were stamped and sent back to Rawson on 10th October. Rawson still have not received them in the mail, and they cant be tracked as they were sent by REGULAR mail!

I have been assured that they will turn up, and that its not unusal to take more than 3 business days to arrive! Hhmm in what century. Newcastle to Sydney mail should be 2 business days max.

Anyway, after quite a few angry emails, I have been told as soon as they turn up, our paperwork will be sent by EXPRESS POST to council.

Fingers crossed they turn up tomorrow, otherwise I will be committed to the loony bin - this admin is slowly, but surely driving me friggen crazy.