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Comment or Objection on house extension

By dinkyPhuong - 25 March 2010 34

I have received a public notification letter from ACTPLA about my neighbours house extension.  The proposed extension roof is a colorbond roof, so its appearance would not be consistent with the existing tile roof.   Even though the colorbond roof is mostly screened by parapet walls, and cannot be seen from my property and its not a heritage area.  Would this colorbond roof compromise our neighbourhood characteristics?  

Is it a fairly and reasonably issue to submit an objection to the proposed development?

What’s Your opinion?


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buzz819 6:27 pm 29 Mar 10

Its actually Grey… I drive past it most days…

aidan 3:36 pm 29 Mar 10

Gungahlin Al said :

The only limitation I can recall on colourbond roofing is that highly reflective colours like white are not allowed due to glare potential. The lightest colour allowed from the stock range is “Dune” – the colour of our roof (not coincidentally).

What colour is this roof? Looks pretty white to me.

jasmine 3:16 pm 27 Mar 10

I don’t think this post was for real. It is too trivial and possibly a sarcastic attempt to discredit serious heritage matters.

Eby 7:23 pm 26 Mar 10

Do you think we scared him/her off?

Icepoet 5:35 pm 26 Mar 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Perhaps the poster is the one with the development application and has received an objection from a neighbour.

I wondered the same thing.

luther_bendross 3:59 pm 26 Mar 10

Woody Man: This also crossed my mind… and either way I stand by what I said.

Woody Mann-Caruso 3:17 pm 26 Mar 10

Perhaps the poster is the one with the development application and has received an objection from a neighbour.

luther_bendross 2:23 pm 26 Mar 10

Ha lolz. Knock yourself out. If you object to something then you’re well within your rights to put that on paper. However, considering your conviction isn’t strong enough to submit it without first consulting a bunch of strangers, then I’d suggest your basis for objecting isn’t going to hold much water when received by council.

If you really object so strongly to something in a non-heritage that you cannot see and is providing shelter for your neighbours, then submit twenty. Please keep RA updated.

Gungahlin Al 1:11 pm 26 Mar 10

A common mistake many people make when making a submission on a DA is to get into things that are not “up for discussion”. Just because a DA is required, and submissions can be lodged, does not necessarily mean that the approval itself is being questioned, or that all aspects of the development are in question.

The Territory Plan has Code and Merit assessment tracks. If your DA can satisfy everything in the Code track, (dependent on certain other factors I won’t get into here – lunch time isn’t long enough) then a DA notification may not be needed at all. Indeed a DA may not be needed if the “development” is either Exempt or can be assessed by a private certifier.

But if something in the development does not meet the “prescriptive” rule of the Code track, then the proponent needs to demonstrate how it instead meets the “performance” requirements of the broader Merit track, which instead has statements of intent rather than fixed rules. But importantly, it is only this merit track issue that you can raise a concern on. Everything else that satisfies the Code rules is ‘as of right’ and cannot be contested. E.g. if the Plan says you can have an extension, but that it can’t go closer than 2m from a boundary, but the DA shows 1.4m then your submission can only argue that it should not be allowed that close to the boundary, not that the extension should be prohibited.

Having a Merit option allows a proponent to come up with innovative solutions to design issues that may otherwise be ruled out under Code. I was able, for example, to demonstrate that while my home’s back yard setback was slightly less than the 6m Code requirement, the yard was some 4 times longer than the minimum requirement in that dimension, plus there was no negative impact caused by the reduction – a net positive for overall design and for the neighbour. Merit track may also be misused too, but that is why there is notification…

So in this instance, with heritage not an issue, and without diving back into the Territory Plan, I recall that the roofing material is not up for grabs. I hate concrete tiles on roofs, but I can’t stop anyone who wants to use them. Conversely for corro. The only limitation I can recall on colourbond roofing is that highly reflective colours like white are not allowed due to glare potential. The lightest colour allowed from the stock range is “Dune” – the colour of our roof (not coincidentally).

Scribble 1:03 pm 26 Mar 10

…and cannot be seen from my property

Problem solved.

As CK said, hold your fire until a real neighbourhood problem comes along.

Mothy 12:46 pm 26 Mar 10

The title of the piece is “Comment or Objection on house extension“, but the objection raised is regarding the roof and its perceived inconsistency with the rest of the house and “neighborhood characteristics”, even though it can’t be seen/is obscured.

The automatic series of “NO” responses indicates the extent to which this is a bit of a reach as far as complaints go.

But why reach?

Hazarding a guess, dinkyPhuong, is there something else about the house extension you object to? Are you already in a dispute with this neighbor and road-testing ways to mess with them?

BimboGeek 12:26 pm 26 Mar 10

#21
we actually changed the size of two windows, knocked out a small non load bearing wall, got rid of an external door and one internal one and also removed the little concrete stairs leading up to that external door. the one thing that we were advised to get rubber stamped was the change to the exterior appearance.
how big of a change did you make? replacing one door with another one the same size isn’t really a change worthy of planning approval because it will still match the blueprint which is all that matters.

la mente torbida 12:15 pm 26 Mar 10

@Barking Toad

+1

prhhcd 11:54 am 26 Mar 10

hang on – you have to get development approval for changing windows and doors????
I’ve just replaced mine, should I have done a DA?

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