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Vision Design Planning - Golden Beach's own Town Planning Consultancy!

 Vision Design Planning will help you get your project off the ground quickly and effectively.

Vision Design Planning is a Sunshine-Coast based town planning and design practice that can service all of your project needs, from general advice and development applications through to subdivision design, urban design and master planning - no job is too big or too small.

Vision Design Planning can also manage and co-ordinate any building design, drafting, engineering, surveying, environmental and landscape design services, to take your project from inception through to delivery.

Vision Design Planning's principal and owner, Chris van der Pol, is a qualified town planner and urban designer with 25 years' professional experience. He provides specialised town planning and development services to the local Sunshine Coast market, as well as urban design and master planning services througout Queensland.

Contact info

Chris van der Pol

Vision Design Planning's

Principal and Owner 


The 2014 Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme introduced a number of new provisions in relation to Duplexes (Dual Occupancies) and Granny Flats/Fonzie Flats (Annexed Units). In some places the ability to apply for a duplex has been ruled out, whilst in other areas it has been made a 'self assessable' use - that is, no town planning application (Material Change of Use) is required unless your development does not comply with certain provisions of the Dual Occupancy Code (e.g. minimum site area).

One major growth area of late has been in the inclusion of Granny Flats and Fonzie Flats in houses. Did you know that, in most places on the Sunshine Coast and subject to compliance with certain requirements (e.g. maximum floor area), a self-contained unit can be included in a dwelling house without the need for town planning approval? Whilst this unit cannot be separately titled and sold like a duplex unit can be, it can be used to accommodate grandparents, adult children or even renters.

The ability to generate a rental income stream from part of your place of residence has the potential to improve housing affordability (for both the owners and the renter) and accommodate a wider variety of family types, and opens up some very interesting possibilities regarding house design.

Please feel free to give me a call if you would like to discuss how these provisions apply to you. 



Our Services


At Vision Design Planning, we offer a great range of services, from project inception and envisioning, development applications, specialist co-ordination, and managing the approvals process, through to project delivery. 

We offer friendly and skilled town planning services, with low overheads to keep our costs down and your bottom line healthy!

Town Planning and Development Applications

  • Advice on the development potential of your property
  • Town Planning applications - Material Change of Use, Subdivision, Changes to Existing Approvals. From Duplexes and "1 into 2" Subdivisions through to Mixed Use Developments and Master Planned Communities.
  • One stop project services, including co-ordinating and managing building design, drafting, surveying, environmental management, engineering and landscape architecture services.
  • Development Concept Planning
  • Development consultation and Local Authority Negotiations
  • Town Planning Submissions - Development Applications, new Town Planning Schemes and current Planning Initiatives.
  • Public Notification of Development Applications

Urban Design, Master Planning and Subdivision Design

  • Community, Residential and Industrial subdivision design
  • Master Planning and Urban Design
  • Streetscape, Park and Landscape Planning
  • Sustainability Consulting
  • Development Guidelines
  • Placemaking
  • Consultation and Engagement



Green Star - Communities

Chris is now a GSAP-Communities. That stands for Green Star Accredited Professional, in the Communities field. 

The Green Star - Communities PILOT rating tool, released by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) in mid-2012, evaluates the sustainability attributes of the planning, design and construction projects at a precinct, neighbourhood and community scale. Projects can then be issued with a Green Star rating which demonstrates how it performs relative to national and international best practice standards.

Chris participated in the review of the draft document and has commenced services to the GBCA in evaluating a pilot project.

As a Green Star Accredited Profession - Communities, Chris can also assist project leaders in the preparation of submissions to the GBCA for project accreditation. So if you have a mixed-use development project that you would like to stand out from the crowd, call me to discuss the processes for achieving Green Star accreditation and what this could mean for you.




What's your Vision?

Any journey starts with the first step - but with a development project it's sometimes hard to know which direction to head in. This is where Vision Design Planning can help. We'll help you to define your project's Vision, what you want to acheive, and come up with a plan of action that will make this a reality for you.

Town planning, and the approval and delivery of projects, seems to get more complex every day. Local authority planning requirements and State government legislation is constantly evolving. So let Vision Design Planning take the hassle out of this for you. Things that you may find baffling, our team knows inside out. It's what we do. We'll guide you through the process, and help you to achieve your project goals.

Vision Design Planning offers friendly, personalised and cost-effective service. We are conveniently located in beautiful Golden Beach. Visit our office, or we can come to you. We service all of Caloundra, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the wider South-East Queensland area.