As town planners, surveyors and development advisors, the Jensen Bowers’ team come across several sites daily, often off-market opportunities. Jensen Bowers have had success in the past in assisting their clients with securing sites and have now formalised a process to assist in finding suitable projects for our clients. We have two approaches:

  1. Connect clients with sites that another client is looking to sell (sites on our books)
  2. Specifically search for off market opportunities tailored to a client’s requirements

New Appointment

The broadening of this service offering coincides with the recent addition of Michael Giraldo to the Jensen Bowers’ team, a fully licensed real estate agent and town planner. Michael has been in the property industry for close to a decade with experience in project marketing, development site sales and town planning. Michael is also Director and Principal of Giraldo Property which assists the Jensen Bowers team with their service offering. This experience brings a unique perspective to the Jensen Bowers’ team further instilling the commercial focus of the business by providing our clients with far more than just technical solutions.

Delivering Results

A recent example of the value that this service offering has provided our clients is a site in Ipswich (pictured). A client came to us seeking a highest and best use study to be conducted over the 19.2Ha parcel of land. In conducting these investigations Jensen Bowers appointed expertise across our team including town planning, surveying and urban design services. Once the investigations were completed, our client expressed interest in divesting their land holding. We were able to secure a deal with an existing client, a well-established development group highly active in the area. Jensen Bowers have now been appointed as consultants to progress the development, offering town planning, surveying and urban design services.

JB Difference

This highlights the key difference between Jensen Bowers’ site finding service from other buyer’s agents as we integrate our existing service offerings (town planning, surveying and development advisory) with knowledge of the real estate process to conduct swift due diligence and commercial solutions in-house. Our dedicated team are here to assist in finding your next development opportunity, get in touch to discuss your project requirements today.

Gazettal of State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments & Child Care Facilities) 2017

On Friday 1 September 2017, the New South Wales government gazetted the State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments & Child Care Facilities) 2017 (SEPP). This policy relates to child care centres, schools, universities and TAFE establishments. The primary purpose of the SEPP is to more effectively facilitate the delivery of educational establishments throughout NSW.

With respect to child care there are a number of key points to note, which include:

  • Where a proposed child care centre doesn’t comply with the minimum unencumbered outdoor and/or internal space requirements under the National Regulations, Council must now refer the DA to the NSW Regulatory Authority for concurrence.
  • Councils cannot grant consent to a proposal for a child care centre not providing the minimum unencumbered internal and/or external areas without concurrence by the Regulatory Authority, unless the latter fails to get back to them within 28 days of the referral.
  • Councils must now take into consideration the Childcare Centre Guideline as part of its assessment.
  • The minimum unencumbered indoor and outdoor requirements under the National Regulations and Supplementary Regulations are now non-discretionary development standards. The purpose of this is that if a proposal meets the minimum areas, then Councils cannot require any more onerous requirements, for example, they cannot insist on a greater outdoor and/or indoor area than what the Regulations currently require. On the flip side, if a proposal doesn’t comply, Councils may start using this as a reason to refuse a DA for child care.
  • The following reports and/or considerations are now not required to be provided as part of a DA for a child care centre if there are controls requiring their provision within a Council Development Control Plan: provision of a plan of management; demonstrated needs assessment; identification of proximity to other child care facilities; and any matter relating to Parts 2 & 4 of the Child Care Planning Guideline (except building height, setbacks and car parking).
  • For proposals within industrial zones, reverse amenity considerations will be made i.e. will a child care centre restrict the operation of industrial uses, which will take precedent?

To read the new legislation please click here.

You can view our recent child care centre projects here.

For more information, or for advice on your next Child Care Centre development, please call 07 3852 1771 to speak to a Jensen Bowers Town Planner today. 


The new South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017, ShapingSEQ, came into effect on Friday 11 August 2017.

ShapingSEQ sets a framework for growth within the region roughly bounded by Noosa to the north, Toowoomba to the west and the NSW border to the south.

The plan provides a regional framework for growth management and introduces a fifty-year vision that strives to achieve sustainable growth, build a globally competitive economy and produce high-quality living. The plan also maintains a twenty-five-year planning framework that underpins its planning strategies.

Jensen Bowers Senior Planner, Andrew McLean, has closely followed the development and evolution of this plan, and has said: “While there has been some new land supply added to the urban footprint, the main focus is on infill development and urban consolidation. This will provide diversity of housing where the demand is to take advantage of existing infrastructure and protect our natural greenspaces”.

Some key changes under this plan include:

  • Expected population growth of 2 million people and 1 million jobs by 2041.
  • ShapingSEQ identifies future expansion land supply in the Urban Footprint on a 60 per cent consolidation and 40 per cent expansion supply ratio. This replaces the previous plan’s 50/50 ratio.
  • Beyond the twenty-five-year planning framework, ShapingSEQ estimates that the 60/40 consolidation to expansion rate may potentially change to 70/30 or 80/20 dependant on any future relevant findings in the SEQ Growth Monitoring Program.
  • The Urban Footprint contains areas that are yet to be developed and the plan estimates that up to about 70 per cent of these fragmented areas overall will be developed by 2041 as part of accommodating the dwelling supply benchmarks.
  • Promotion of greater housing choice. This is illustrated through the ‘missing middle’ style housing, which includes row and terrace housing, townhouses and low-rise apartments.
  • Large residential expansion areas – dwelling capacity expected to remain in 2041. Ripley Valley (30,000), Beerwah East (13,000), Greater Flagstone (19,000) and Caboolture West (9,000).
  • The Urban Footprint covers around 327,500 hectares of land or about 14 per cent of the region. An additional 8,200 hectares has been added to planned growth areas.

For more information on ShapingSEQ, please visit the Queensland Government’s State Planning website.

Should you have any questions on how ShapingSEQ affects you, please call Andrew McLean on 07 3852 1771 to discuss further.

Experienced Town Planner in Brisbane and Moreton Bay region

Jensen Bowers Senior Planner, Andrew McLean

Moreton Bay Regional Council has introduced an infill development incentives policy commencing from the 1st July 2017.

The incentives are available for a range of developments within targeted areas of Strathpine, Caboolture, and along the Redcliffe Peninsula Rail Corridor.

The policy includes waiving of application fees and infrastructure charges. Development is to have been approved under the current MBRC Planning Scheme and to have substantially commenced by 31 December 2019. Eligible uses include:

  • Student accommodation;
  • Mixed use building;
  • Multiple dwelling (minimum 20 units and minimum 3 storeys);
  • Short-term accommodation;
  • Retirement facility; and
  • Residential care facility.

Senior Planner, Andrew McLean of Jensen Bowers, recently completed a six-month secondment in the Planning Department of Moreton Bay Regional Council, and said the areas of Caboolture and Strathpine are major centres in the region and have the existing infrastructure capacity and services to cater for “significant development”.

“The new Redcliffe Peninsula Rail Corridor has been a substantial investment and incentivising development within this area should help to drive growth in the region,” Andrew said.

Andrew has now returned to Jensen Bowers’ Brisbane office in full-time capacity and is looking forward to working with clients to achieve their development goals. His comprehensive and applied knowledge of, and experience working within, the MBRC Planning scheme will be a significant advantage for clients looking to develop within the region.

You can find more information about this policy on the Moreton Bay Regional Council website, by clicking here.

Please contact Jensen Bowers’ Planning Team on 07 3852 1771 for more information and to discuss how we can assist in delivering your next project.

Jensen Bowers, in collaboration with Calibre Consulting and Geoimage, is pleased to invite our clients and industry peers to attend the New Frontiers in Land Analysis workshop in Brisbane.

Join us to learn how advances in satellite and mapping technology are changing the way land use professionals assess development potential.

Understanding land use potential is becoming more and more complex, with multiple overlays and considerations impacting what can or cannot be done with certain sites. But rapid advances in technology are making this easier and expanding our knowledge of site potential. This free workshop covers advances in digital mapping, the future of satellite imagery and land use information, and what this will mean for the development potential of sites.

The workshop will be presented by:

  • Mark Edwards, Geoimage: The Digital Revolution; Harnessing emerging technology for spatial analysis. What Geoimage has learnt about the latest advancements.
  • Tony Evans, Jensen Bowers: BIM5D and emerging technologies.
  • Mal McCann, Calibre Consulting: A review of the sources of land use intelligence and capacity, and how to bring it all together.

Date: Thursday, 13 July 2017

Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm Presentation and Q&A, with networking drinks to follow.

Location: Calibre’s office, Ground Floor, 545 Queen Street, Brisbane.

RSVP Click here to register

Over the past week, Jensen Bowers’ Town Planning team hosted a series of Planning Reform roundtables to inform clients and industry associates about how the new State planning regime will affect their business.

The event brought together industry leaders and professionals from key organisations in planning, architecture and engineering sectors, to collectively discuss the key changes and challenges expected after the commencement of the Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act) and associated instruments on 3 July 2017.

The events saw guest speakers, Mr Rayne Nelms from Thomson Geer Lawyers, and Mr Gerard Timbs from Holding Redlich Lawyers, address the attendees providing in-depth insight and expert opinion, with Rayne articulating the view, that “whilst there are a lot of individual changes, fundamentally not a lot is changing in this new Act”.

“The major positive is the increased flexibility to change applications [formerly permissible changes] in removing submitter criteria and the ability to lodge major change applications”, Rayne added.

Gemma Greenhalgh, JB Planning Manager, led the roundtable discussions and welcomed the amendments to the new Act, saying “There are a lot of tweaks to the existing framework – for the most part, they are welcomed. There are a handful of traps to be aware of as well. The theory behind the changes is commended and it remains to be seen how the local governments will implement some of these”.

Jensen Bowers would like to thank everyone who attended the sessions, and contributed to the overall success of the event. “We are delighted by the support and turnout from our clients and industry peers”, Gemma said.

A sentiment shared by Greg Wilson, Director of Equis Group who said, “the event was very useful and informative”.

Jensen Bowers’ Planning team has extensively reviewed the new legislation and are well positioned to use their detailed working knowledge and 100+ years of property development experience to best represent clients’ interests.

For advice about the new Act, please call Jensen Bowers on 07 3852 1771 and speak to Gemma Greenhalgh or Emmett Herps to discuss how the regime may impact your projects.

To express your interest in attending any future events about the Planning Reform, please email Jane Zewe, Marketing Coordinator, for more information.

JENSEN BOWERS is working with principal contractor Keller and Mainland Civil on Spirit in Surfers Paradise in preparation for the construction of foundations which will ultimately develop into the proposed 89-level tower.

A milestone was reached this week with the plunging of the first precast column. The process includes boring an 1800 mm diameter circular shaft deep into the bedrock.

The precast column is then lowered into the shaft and once in place, the column is set at its base into the grout pier. The shaft is then back-filled around the column, the column is released from its platform guide and crane supports, then the process is repeated for each column.

Jensen Bowers are on site to provide orientation, positional and verticality set out, as well as monitoring of the column as it is lowered (plunged). The positional accuracy of the column is to be checked for horizontal and vertical position. This ensures when excavation and infill basements construction works are undertaken, each column is in the correct position and height to align with each of the proposed basement floors.

This process of plunging the columns is one scope element Keller is undertaking over the next 12 months of foundation works. Completing these early works will enable the top down construction process for the tower to commence while the basements works are ongoing.

To learn more about this project, please contact Gold Coast Survey Manager, Wayne Geradts on 07 5600 9779.

Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan Released

Jackie Trad MP has today released the Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan for public consultation. Submissions are open until the 3rd March 2017.

The draft plan and how to have your say can be viewed here.

JB Senior Planner, Andrew McLean has said: “With the continued and accelerated growth South East Queensland is experiencing I’m pleased to see a new plan for the region that is focussing on housing affordability through efficient land use and balancing new land supply with protection of our green spaces”.

Key highlights of the draft plan include:

  • Expected population growth of 2 million people by 2041;
  • 8,200ha of new urban land;
  • Coordination with the State Infrastructure Plan;
  • Identification of potential future growth areas including South Logan, Southern Thornlands and Caboolture East;
  • Cross River Rail Infrastructure Priority; and
  • Maintain interurban break between Gold Coast & Logan and Sunshine Coast & Moreton Region.

Should you have any questions on how the draft plan affects you or assistance in drafting a submission, call 07 3852 1771 to speak to our experienced Planning team.

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Jensen Bowers would like to congratulate our client, Aura Management Australia Pty Ltd, on its recent acquisition of a retirement living village in Corinda, Brisbane.

The retirement village, named Kingsford Terrace, is located at 260 Cliveden Ave and has a current approval for a substantial redevelopment, which has now commenced.

Led by Planning Manager, Ben Haynes, Jensen Bowers’ planning team assisted in this acquisition with the provision of planning advice as part of Aura’s due diligence investigations.

Aura sought advice on the planning implications, assessment processes and potential risks associated with the site and in respect of a potential redesign of the currently approved scheme.

Mr Haynes said this aspect of the due diligence process is crucial for our clients to make informed decisions relating to the town planning implications and risk when land acquisition is contemplated.

“We provide advice in the most efficient and cost effective manner to assist in meeting our clients’ objectives in terms of determining development potential and risk as part of the due diligence phase of potential acquisition”, Mr Haynes said.

The site borders the Brisbane-Ipswich railway line and is positioned between Oxley and Corinda stations.

Looking for advice about your next project?

Jensen Bowers is a leading property consultancy for Australia’s senior living and aged care providers.

Our experienced team of Town Planners can assist with your next property acquisition and give you advice to help you achieve your development goals.

For more information, call 07 3319 4933 to speak to a JB expert today.

Additional Information:


Brisbane City Council (BCC) has identified an urgent need to respond to the looming Retirement Living and Aged Care accommodation crisis by providing immediate incentives and amendments to the planning framework.

A Taskforce established by the Lord Mayor outlines a number of initiatives to encourage retirement living development and ensure older Brisbane residents the option to ‘age in place’. BCC’s immediate initiatives include:

  • Reduction of Infrastructure Charges

Development Permits issued between 1 September 2016 and 31 December 2019 will be eligible for a 33% reduction in infrastructure charges.

  • Streamlined Development Assessment

BCC will assist in a more streamlined approach to the assessment of Retirement Living and Aged Care Accommodation. This will include dedicated assessment managers with experience in assessing retirement and aged care housing, free pre-lodgement advice and a decision on your application within 90 business days.

BCC is also progressing with amendments to the City Plan 2014 to broaden the scope and streamline assessment further for seniors living. Given the processes involved in amending the City Plan this is expected to be introduced in late 2017. Future amendments include:

  • Increase in allowable Building Heights

Within the medium and high density residential zones retirement living and aged care accommodation can exceed the designated building height by 2 storeys and remain code assessable.

  • Co-location with Privately Owned Sport and Rec

Land zoned for private recreation such as bowls clubs and golf courses will allow seniors living as a permitted land use.

  • Broaden Zones

Include retirement living and aged care accommodation as allowable code assessable land uses within the Low Density Residential, Low-Medium Density Residential, Specialised Centre and Community Facilities Zones.

  • Allow Small-scale Supporting Uses

Allow eligible non-residential uses to co-locate with retirement facilities such as child care, community uses, cafes and retail as appropriate.

  • A Single Retirement Facility and Residential Care Facility Code

The creation of one single code tailored specifically to seniors living. This will also include provisions for greater building height on larger sites provided building height transitions are applied.

  • Self-assessment of Re-purposed Building Work

If re-purposing existing retirement facilities to aged care, or vice-versa, there is no need to go through a code assessable development permit. This will allow for a smoother transition for a similar type of land use.

More information can be found on Brisbane City Council’s website.

Looking for advice about your next project?

Jensen Bowers is a leading property consultancy for Australia’s senior living and aged care providers. Call 07 3319 4933 to speak to our experienced Planners.