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It will tell you how much separation each unit must have from each other or whether common party walls are allowed between each unit.
It will tell you formula to use in calculating number of visitir car parks you have to provide for visitors to complex.
In fact town plan contains a massive amount of information and while I don’t suggest you try to read it all, I do recommend that you concentrate on sections that involve unit development. Now armed with this information you know where to start looking for suitable land or know that you already own correctly zoned land.
However I don’t want you to think that you are on your own, because there are professionals to help you and here I am referring to an Architect.
In my area of world a professional developer usually has a formula that will tell how many units can be developed on a certain size Lot, but as a beginner you may need an architect to work it out for you.
But as a general guide, at your learning stage, why not visit other six unit developments in your town that have been recently developed under current town plan.
Remember town plans are changed over time and you may be doing your work at point where Local Authority are making changes. Pace out boundaries and multiply to get area of land and that will tell you size land you should be looking for to develop six units. You could also check out address of development and do a search at Land Titles Office. That will also give you land area. When it gets to design stage of your units, apart from going to an architect, you might also contact Master Builders in your area. Some of these Master Builders have a design department and they may have existing designs that will fit on your land or create a design according to your instructions at a rate that is very competitive. You’ll note that I used term Master Builder – and not Builder. There is a massive difference between two.
A Master Builder is a “Builder” – But a Builder can be a guy who is Licensed, because he paid a Fee to a building authority after working in industry and is definitely not a Master Builder.
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