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Visit Sydney councils and ask some questions

Posted by Mitchell H.


Blacktown, NSW

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Wednesday, 13th Feb 2013
This task involves visiting various council offices throughout Sydney, asking a series of questions, recording a copy of your conversation using the voice recording software on your phone (of course this is 100% legal - you just can't record phone calls) and then typing up the answers to the questions you asked.

This task will take about 3-5 hours to complete.

Note: You do NOT need to know anything about real estate or property development to do this task - it just involves asking a bunch of questions

It's a basic task but you will need to visit 3 different councils (Blacktown, Liverpool and The Hills Shire), as outlined below:

- Find the location of Blacktown City Council, Liverpool City Council and The Hills Shire Council

- Visit each of these three councils in person

- When you get to the counter, ask to speak with a town planner - this is crucial and only a town planner can answer the questions below. If one is not available, ask when he/she will be and come back to talk with them

- Tell the town planner that you are a research assistant for a local developer and that you need 5 minutes of their time to answer some questions about the development approval process

- Use the voice memo app on your iPhone, a similar app on Android or even a dictaphone if you have one to record your conversation with the town planner to find answers to these questions (VERY IMPORTANT to record the conversation - so make sure you speak loudly and get as close to them as you can!):

- What is the rough approval timeframe to get a development application approved by council for between 4 and 10 townhouses? (you want an answer such as "4 to 8 months" not "we approve them quickly")

- Do you think this area is adequately zoned to encourage medium density development?

- What is your vision for the area?

- Do you want to see more townhouses developed in the area?

- Is there anything in the LEP or DCP that we should pay particular attention to and that most other developers miss?

- Do you know the address of 2 or 3 townhouse developments close by that are currently under construction that I may be able to drive past and take a look at?

- Once you have visited all 3 council's offices, create a Microsoft Word document for each council (so 3 documents in total) and in each one, write the list of questions and then fill in the answers that you captured on your iPhone, Android phone or dictaphone. Name each file like this: "Blacktown Council Answers", "Liverpool Council Answers", "The Hills Council Answers"

- Deliverables for this project are all 3 audio files that you captured during your conversation when you were in the council's office talking to the town planner, as well as 3 Microsoft word documents as outlined above

Thank you in advance for your help in performing this important research!
Steve A.
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Great stuff Steve. Have assigned the job to you. Let's do it!
Happy to assist. I am available Friday and Monday. And can record it on my Android phone.
That's perfect. If the runner records them saying its ok to be recorded then all is good. Just wanted to clarify it for runners who may be interested in the task to continue to keep airtasker safe.
Steven, the runner is able to ask if its OK to record the conversation because they will need to take notes based on the conversation after the fact and also so I am able to refer to the conversation audio if required.
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