Grinsell & Johns offer a service as an Accredited and Principal Certifier, where we can issue many certificates in place of the Council. This includes signing Strata Plans or Subdivision Plans.

Grinsell & Johns can issue many certificates in place of Council. This includes signing Strata Plans or Subdivision Plans. Contact our office on Sydney 02 9790 6608 to discuss the services we can offer you.

Projects

Strata Plan Certification Current

To February 2013 there have been over 1,900 Strata Plans certified producing over 38,000 strata lots. Some of our continuing applicants are Australand, Billbergia, Crown International, Deicorp, Dyldam, Holdmark, Payce Properties, Sekesui House, Skyton, Stocklands, to name a few. The projects range from Merimbula on the south coast of NSW up to Tweed Heads on the far north coast, and all in between.

Subdivision Certification Current

Only subdivisions that have been determined by the NSW Government as Major Projects can certified by an accredited certifier. Up to February 2013 there have twelve (12) Subdivision Plans certified. These projects vary from stratum subdivisions in high rise developments in Sydney to large infrastructure developments such as Cochlear Site in Macquarie University; Lindfield Campus of UTS Ku-ring-gai; Kooragang Island Coal Export Terminal (Newcastle) and Tomago Industrial site.

Complying Development Current

Up to February 2013 there have been over 500 Complying Development Certificates for Strata Subdivision issued. These projects range from three (3) lots up to two hundred and six (206) lots. The certificate is issued instead of a Development Consent from Council for a strata subdivision.

Avondale Road, Avondale Current

Mine Re-Habilitation and Re-Development of 400ha former coalmine site (Huntley, in Wollongong LGA).  Grinsell & Johns are responsible for the monitoring of approx. 5.5 million tonnes of fill required for the project. We are also responsible for the subdivision planning for the re-zoning and are currently working on the preparation of engineering road and drainage plans for the Construction Certificate plans for approx. 450 residential lots, 60 villas and an international standard Greg Norman designed golf course.

 Appin Road, St Helens Park Current

Subdivision planning, road and drainage design and contract supervision, and final linen plan for a two stage urban subdivision development yielding 260 lots. Stage 1 (60 lots) being completed, Stage 2 (200 lots) under construction.

Boundary Road, Cranebrook Current

Subdivision planning, road and drainage design and contract supervision, and final linen plan for a ten stage urban subdivision development yielding 105 lots.

Camden Valley Way, Prestons Current

Subdivision planning, road and drainage design and contract supervision, project management and final linen plan for a two stage urban subdivision development yielding 65 lots. Environmental considerations involved in gaining the Development Consent included the presence of Cumberland Plain Woodland and Giant Land Snail.

Subdivisions in Casula Current

Subdivision planning, engineering road and drainage design, and final linen plan for a 90 lot subdivision (Cedar Road), 18 lot subdivision (Pine Road), 90 lot subdivision (Box Road), and 20 lot subdivision (Maple Road).

Armitage Drive, Glendenning Recent

Project Management, subdivision planning, engineering road and drainage design, sewer, water and electrical design and contract supervision, project management and final linen plan for an urban subdivision development yielding 23 lots. Overcoming constraints of land contamination and co-ordination of road construction on adjoining property (Catholic Education Office).

Cowpasture Road, West Hoxton Recent

Subdivision planning, engineering road and drainage design and contract supervision, project management and final linen plan for an urban subdivision development yielding 26 lots. Delays in commencement of construction encountered while negotiations and coordination with Council due to major trunk drainage channel running through the site.

Green Valley Road, Green Valley Recent

Subdivision planning, engineering road and drainage design and contract supervision, project management and final linen plan for an urban subdivision development yielding approx. 500 lots. Extensive negotiations and project management required for adjoining land owners, involving land exchange and cost sharing of construction works.

Camden Valley Way, Prestons Recent

Engineering, road and drainage design for an urban subdivision development yielding 60 lots.

Werombi Road, Orangeville Recent

Preparation of engineering design plans for a rural residential development with 5km of rural roads.

Key Personnel

Gordon Wren Director

Qualifications:

B.Surv (Hons) UNSW 1977, Registered Surveyor 1980,
Justice of the Peace NSW 1996,
Principal Certifier – Subdivisions (under the E.P. & A. Act) 2000
Accredited Certifier – Strata (under the E.P. & A. Act) 2000

Professional Affiliations:

Chairman, Professional Surveyors Occupational Assoc (PSOA) 2001-2005
Institution of Surveyors, NSW (ISNSW)
Association of Consulting Surveyors, Australia (ACS)
Urban Development Institute Aust (UDIA)
Association of Accredited Certifiers (AAC)
Member of Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT)

Professional Experience:

Has experience as a Director in previous firms, WG Hunt, Sunter & Co (79-93) and Bowdens Group (93-00). Had mainly been involved in supervising engineering design and project managing land development projects. Has a particular interest in Strata Schemes and Community Schemes.

Gordon was also responsible for assessing major subdivision projects for a major financial institution. His duties included approving payments by the financial institution and assessing costs to complete.

Gordon sat on the UDIA Community and Strata Title Committee 1999-2007 (of which he was Chairman for two years). Gordon also sat on the ISA/ACS Panel for Accreditation of Survey Firms for Subdivision Civil Works.

He was Chairman of the Professional Surveyors Occupational Association (PSOA) from 2001 and 2005. (This body is approved under the Professional Standards Act to manage a limited liability scheme for surveyors. This body was also approved by DIPNR to administer an Accredited Certifier Scheme up until 2007.) He is also a Director on the executive of the Association of Consulting Surveyors, NSW and also sits on the board of Consulting Surveyors Australia.

Gordon is a Principal Certifier-Subdivisions and Accredited Certifier-Strata under the EP&A Act. This allows him to issue Subdivision Certificates (where provided for in Council's planning instruments) and also to issue Strata Certificates. Up to Feb 2013, he has assessed over 1,900 Strata Plans producing over 38,000 lots.

He was appointed as a part-time non-judicial member of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT) from 2003 to 2009. He has sat with Deputy President Hennessy on the DIPNR v Conway case, and Judge Kevin O'Connor on the DIPNR v Dallas case and BPB v Johnson.

Gordon has been on the Board of the Association of Accredited Certifiers (AAC) since 2006, and is the Chairman of the AAC Subdivision and Strata Committee.

Special Expertise:

Strata and Subdivision Private Certification
Community Scheme Subdivisions
Subdivision Engineering Design
Land Development Project Management

Ross Grinsell Director & Business Manager

Professional Experience:

Commenced work with Grinsell & Johns in 1975 and has for the past ten years worked in the office calculating subdivisions and assisting in engineering design using Landmark and AutoCad software. Ross has extensive experience in client relations and dealing with complicated negotiations with various Councils regarding development issues.

Special Expertise:

Office Management

Adrian Barden Strata Certifier

Qualifications:

Masters of Engineering Science and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Registered Land Surveyor

Accredited Certifier (Strata & Strata Complying Development Certificates)

Professional Experience:

Adrian commenced involvement with land development and subdivision in 1988. During this time Adrian has gained experience in many different land development projects and engineering works.

Special Expertise:

Strata Certificate

Strata and Stratum subdivision
Road and Drainage Design
Project Management
Risk Management

 

The firm has membership with the following organisations:

Association of Consulting Surveyors National

Institution of Surveyors, NSW

Professional Surveyors' Occupational Association

Association of Accredited Certifiers

Urban Development Institute of Australia