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As you can see from the title, I'm expecting a long haul.

However, we got the BASIX and NatHERS certificate yesterday and the builder was pretty close in their estimate of what it would cost (said estimate being included in the original quote), so we only have to pay an extra $600 or so dollars to meet the requirements.

So that means that the development application can go in to council. Then it might take anything from 6 weeks to 6 months. When we went to have another look at the display house and drop some documents off the other weekend, the consultant said they had just got approval through for a house in Parramatta council area. Curious, we asked where it was and when the application went in. It turns out the house is in the next street - still a fair way away, but closer than we expected. Unfortunately, it also turns out that the original application went in to council in October and they only got approval at the end of April.

This, as you can imagine, was a cause of some dismay. But I've been thinking about it since, and I reckon that application has had to be resubmitted at least once and that it might be the reason we were told about the extra height ceilings. Hopefully all the problems with the house will have been already addressed and council will let this one sail through. I can dream, can't I?

Also got a call from the landscape people about the landscape plan that has to go into council along with the DA. Basically, we're asking for a minimum at this point. We won't have huge amount of money left at the end and don't want to be tied into landscaping because it's on the DA.

So, progress of sorts, but a bit of worry about the time council will take.
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