How to search for zoning changes

Blockbrief makes it possible for you to search for proposed and adopted zoning changes within a municipality. This is a unique proprietary database, updated weekly by the Blockbrief's team of researchers.


1. Dashboard

After you have logged in to your My Sites account, from the Dashboard click the Zoning Alerts tab on the my sites navigation bar.


2. Zoning Alerts Database

The Zoning Alerts Database will pop up, with the most recent changes appearing in order of latest to earliest. The page dropdown allows you to go through the results.

You will use the filter options to narrow your search.


3. Filter Options

The Sites Database provide 3 types of filters:

  • Filter by date
  • Filter by location
  • Filter by feature

Within these options you will type in the space provided the text you wish to filter by. For example in the location section you may type in Geelong and select Council.

You can decide how narrow you want your search to be by selecting the filter description option, including: contains, does not contain, is, is not, starts with, ends with, is blank and is not blank.

The filter by options include:

  • Date: Date
  • Location: Council, Postcode
  • Feature: Amenity impact, Impact on market, Relevance to investor, Zoning plan

When it comes to filter by feature stick these options:

  • Amenity impact: adverse, limited, benefits
  • Impact on market: commercial, residential, industrial, limited
  • Relevance to investor: aware, good, critical, opportunity
  • Zoning plan: the name of the plan

TIP: For the best result you do not need to type the entire word. For example if you want filter by Opportunity simply type in Opp.

When you have the filter you wish narrow your search by simply click Apply.

To start a new search simply click remove, click the Zoning Alerts Tab and apply a new filter.


4. Found A Result

If you have found a result you are interested in from your search, click on the result for more details.

A popup window will appear with more details about that site, including:

  • Date; Adopted; Post Code; Council; State; Zoning Plan; Zoning Change; Impact on Market; Amenity Impact; Relevance to Investor; Total Land Area; Link; Heat Map Score; Real Rezoning; Location information; Type; Proponent; Yield; Project Name; Planner/Architect


5. Request More Information

From the popup window you can request more information about that property and the other results from your search (including csv file copy) by clicking the More Info button.

You can also use this button, or Request More Info tab from the My Site navigation bar, to request an LGA Review, if you can not find any changes in the locality you are interested in.

Note: Blockbrief Premier users get 1 review request per year included. Blockbrief Pro users get 4 review requests per year included. Further LGA reviews are $150.00 per request.


6. Ignore  The Zoning Search Bar

If you want to search for zoning changes, ignore the zoning search bar. Use only the page button and filter options to search for zoning alert results. You can use the zoning search bar to further investigate any changes you find the Zoning Alert Database.

The zoning search bar will allow you search the zoning of any property you find in the Zoning Alert and Sites Databases.