A supermarket owner in a Victorian regional town wanted to increase the floor area of their premises. The owner proceeded to buy industrial land just out of the main shopping centre and heritage area. After purchasing the land, they were disappointed to discover that the land was zoned as industrial, and heritage controls applied to the current land of the premises also prevented any allowance of an increase.

The supermarket owner engaged St-wise to liaise with Council to have the land rezoned for commercial usage. Ultimately, Council agreed to allow St-wise to mount the case for a rezoning. We proceeded through the necessary administrative steps and a community consultation to allow a planning scheme amendment. To the supermarket owner’s delight, permission was granted so the extension of the premises could proceed.