Council doesn’t care about your property’s value

This is why your house value isn’t considered during the development assessment process.


As a private town planning firm, we receive information and opinions from our clients, their consultants, Council officers, their specialists, neighbours and the wider community. We don’t discount anyone’s opinions or ideas until we have explored them but there is a simple rule we follow – If the planning scheme doesn’t refer to it, we aren’t going to consider it.


One point which is often raised as to why a development should or shouldn’t be approved is property value. That being “the value of my/their/your property will increase or decrease because of this development”.


Unfortunately, during the development assessment process, no one except you cares.


Planning schemes – that being the legislation planning officers approve or refuse projects with – will never, or at least till now and the foreseeable future, do not refer to property prices as an acceptable outcome or performance outcome.


When you are in any negotiation you should consider what each party wants and see how each can come out of it with a win. Whilst we always want to win, it’s a better world and a lot easier to continue working relationships when everyone feels heard and accounted for.


With the development assessment process, we always consider what Council want. They want a project which is compliant with their planning scheme, advances the community and avoids as many potential adverse impacts as possible, including complaints.


As an example, Council’s generally take a hard stance on the provision of compliant car parking numbers. Why? Because a primary complaint they receive is about car parking issues. Council is a business (a government run one) and it is a machine that has many moving parts. One decision in development assessment can have a big impact on the efficiency and wellbeing of another department.


To summarise – there are a lot of reasons why a development should or shouldn’t be approved by Council, but property value is not one.


This post was written on 3 February 2022 by Urban Planners Queensland managing director Jessica Reynolds