Metricon will soon finish up our final drawings and then submit them to the developer for approval. Once our landscape plan, external colours, and home design are approved, then it’s off to council for the final approval – the last step before building can commence. Judging by the response we’ve received from Blacktown council thus far (Stonecutters Ridge is in the Blacktown Council region), we’re in for a relatively quick and painless approval process.
Because of the orientation of our house on the lot, we’re needing to contact Blacktown ahead of the approval process for two reasons. Firstly, we need to move the driveway entrance from one side of the lot to the other. That will, in turn require us to move the Jacaranda tree that is planted out front to either the other side of the lot or have it removed entirely…
To have this all completed by the time work starts on our lot, Megan rang Blacktown Council this week to try and speak with someone that can orchestrate the tasks. Now I don’t know about you, but every time I’ve EVER had to deal with a council, it has been tedious at best. I’ve often felt that pulling out my finger nails would be less painful than dealing with the council. Amazingly, this is not the case with Blacktown Council. Not only did she reach someone immediately that could help us with our requests, but she was emailed the appropriate documents that we need to fill out within an hour. All her questions were answered, and best of all – they were able to tell us our physical street address for the new property. Kinda makes things official, doesn’t it?!
On top of everything else, Blacktown council apparently keeps a staff on over Christmas for developer approvals. Here’s hoping we can take full advantage of that.