Property Development Process

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Property development process

We’ve been building successful developments for over 45 years, and we’re experts at turning our experience into your profits – while making the development journey an easy one.

Whether your project is a small subdivision or a major development, all Summit development projects receive the same detailed feasibility study, planning and construction quality to ensure your investment goals are reached.

Summit has streamlined its process, which means once you have met with one of our development consultants, we take care of everything right through to completion.

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Property Development Process


Step 1 | 8

Obligation free site inspection

As your development partner, we will sit down with you to understand your goals. We start by listening to you so we can provide you with the best value, end to end solution for your block, to ensure you see maximum return on investment.

This also includes an assessment of your block, to identify the best development solution that meets your needs and budget.

Step 2 | 8

Feasibility study

Any successful development requires a detailed feasibility study where we analyse your project to maximise the potential returns and minimise the risk of any cost blowouts.

Initially we will order a feature contour survey for your block. This allows us to correctly assess your block and create detailed home designs to suit the block, shire/council requirements and at the same time minimise your development costs.

Step 3 | 8

Design Presentation

Once completed we’ll present the results of the feasibility study to you, including completed designs and an itemised list of specifications and inclusions.

We present these in a fully detailed fixed price quote. This fixed price quote ensures that you know the exact cost of your development before you commit to building with Summit.

As your development partner, we want you to feel confident with the costs associated with your investment and your expected returns. We’re here every step of the way to answer any questions.

Step 4 | 8

Planning approvals

As development experts, Summit understand the shire/council process, and seek to minimise any delays, therefore expediting the process to construction on your behalf.

For example, we lodge for planning approval before producing working drawings and contracts.

Step 5 | 8


We will present, explain and check the contract thoroughly with you, to ensure you have a full understanding of what the contract includes before progressing to the prestart phase.

Step 6 | 8


Your dedicated prestart consultant will guide you through the process of choosing the right colours, fittings and fixtures to add further value to your development.

Step 7 | 8


Communication during construction is important to us and you will be provided with ongoing progress updates through our online customer portal as well as a dedicated team member to assist you with any additional information.

We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service during construction by providing you direct access to your site supervisor at all times during the construction process.

Step 8 | 8

Key handover

At the end of the construction stage, your site supervisor will take you through a final inspection of your development and hand over the keys to your new home or investment.

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What council approval is required for a development?

  • As a general rule, most rear developments require a Development Approval (DA). Our Senior Development Consultants are trained accordingly to have full knowledge of Town Planning Codes and Polices to ensure that any designs recommended to you would comply with the DA.

Can I build multiple dwellings on my existing lot?

  • This can depend on a number of factors, including the size, location and zoning of your block. Your Senior Development Consultant will be able to provide more information and a recommendation as to how you can maximise the potential of you block.

How much does a subdivision cost?

  • With every development, the following costs must be considered:

    • Construction of houses
    • Site costs (associated with subdivision and infrastructure)
    • Development costs and government fees
    • Finishing costs


    As every development is unique, costs vary depending on the number of dwellings being built. Your Senior Development Consultant will be able to provide detailed costing and timeframe once your plans are finalised.

I have a large block - can I build at the back of my property?

  • To determine the strata development potential of your block, you must determine the lot size and zoning. You can get this from your local council/government. This will give you an idea of whether subdivision is possible, as well as the minimum lot size needed and proposed subdivision boundaries.

    You will also need to investigate if there are any restrictions placed on the Certificate of Title, which may limit any subdivision potential. You could also let one of our Development experts investigate this for you.

I have seen a display home I like; will it fit onto my lot?

  • Unfortunately most display homes are designed to suit street front lots and they rarely comply with rear strata policies.

    We have designed a range of homes to suit rear lots or our in-house design team can incorporate some of the display features you love into your design, or tailor a design specifically to your needs.

Do I have to choose a plan that has been specifically designed for rear strata/strata lots?

  • Choosing a strata design will save you time and money down the track, as these homes comply with certain design codes and have been specifically designed to make the most of popular in-fill strata blocks. Many other standard home designs will not comply with the codes and requirements of strata blocks.

Case Studies

The Summit Developments Team share experience in excess of 60 years and have worked on every kind of development project you can think of. Benefit from their portfolio of work and read case studies of projects which Summit has undertaken.


Investment dream in Kallaroo

Clients: Nicola and Paul  Development Type: Duplex Zoning: R20 / R40 Lot Area: 690m2 Housing Type: Subdivided two green title houses. A single storey...

Three striking, modern units

Development Type: Triplex Lot Area: 911m2 Built on a 911m2 R30/40 block, the triplex features single level units, each with three bedrooms,...

Duplex in The Vines

Development Type: Duplex (Side by Side) Zoning: R20 Lot Area: 1023m2 Housing Type: Two single storey grouped dwellings Subdividable, 1,000sqm blocks are a rare and highly...

Triplex in Warwick

Development Type: Grouped Dwellings – Triplex Zoning: R20/ R40 Lot Area: 714m2 Housing Type: Three single storey grouped dwellings This...

Grouped housing in Coogee

Development Type: Grouped Dwellings Zoning: R30 Lot Area: 1368 m2 Housing Type: Four single-storey grouped dwellings Timing can be everything when it comes...

Duplex in Belmont

Development Type: Grouped Dwellings Zoning: R20/40 Lot Area: 797m2 Housing Type: Two single storey grouped dwellings (duplex) Some development sites are lucky enough to...
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Duplex development dream in Kardinya

Development Type: Grouped Dwellings – Duplex Zoning: R25 Block size: 747m2 Housing: Two single storey, 4×2 homes with theatre rooms...

Front Strata in Bayswater

Development Type: Front strata Zoning: R17.5 / 25 Lot Area: 300m2 Housing Type: 3 x 2 with under croft garage Download Working Drawings Corner...

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