Year: 2010

NEW ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE AT AURORA… FOR FROGS

Aurora is a large residential development in Epping North, approximately 20 kilometres north of the Melbourne central business district. One of the interesting features of Aurora is that it provides for the construction of a series of purpose-built frog habitat ponds and wetland areas. The ponds are located along Edgars Creek and are designed specifically… Read more »

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT – FALLING WATER

I was lucky enough on my recent trip to the USA to visit a number of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including the Guggenheim in New York and Robie House and other prairie style houses in Chicago. In addition, I also visited the amazing Falling Water house.   Falling Water was designed and built by Frank… Read more »

ESSENDON NORTH APARTMENT DEVELOPMENTS

In recent years there has been much discussion in the ‘planning’ world about increasing densities in our activity centres and reducing growth at the fringe, you know, all that Melbourne 2030 talk! Collie has recently worked on two developments that we believe are excellent examples of activity centre development. Our experience with these projects we… Read more »

BRUNSWICK STRUCTURE PLAN AND AMENDMENT C105 TO THE MORELAND PLANNING SCHEME

Amendment C105 to the Moreland Planning Scheme was gazetted on 23 September 2010. Amendment C105 applies, through the use of a Design and Development Overlay, interim height limits to the Brunswick Major Activity Centre around Sydney Road and Lygon Streets. But is this the right way to go to encourage development in our activity centres?… Read more »

HIGHLANDS

Collie has had and continues to have a key role in Stockland’s ‘Highlands’ – a 760 hectares new community development in Craigieburn on the northem edge of metropolitan Melbourne. Located just off the Hume Highway at Craigieburn, approximately 10 kilometres north east of the Melbourne International Airport and 3 kilometres west of the Craigieburn Train… Read more »

POSTCARD FROM FIJI…BULA

Holiday destinations do not get much more paradisaical than Fiji however, it is perhaps the country’s warmth – both climatically and through the Fijian population – that factors most in ones enjoyment of the country. Having had the opportunity to spend some time in Fiji recently exploring the main island, Viti Levu, alongside a few… Read more »

DEVELOPMENT PLAN APPROVED FOR FORMER KODAK SITE, COBURG

  The Department of Planning and Community Development recently approved a development plan for the former Kodak Australasia site in Coburg. On 21 July 2010 the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) endorsed a Development Plan for 173-199 Elizabeth Street, Coburg (the site). The approval of the development plan is a significant milestone in… Read more »

2009 VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES ROYAL COMMISSION

The Bushfires Royal Commission Final Report includes 67 recommendations under various headings.   The recommendations canvass a wide range of issues and are indicative of the breadth of analysis completed by the Commissioners. It is interesting that 19 of the recommendations deal with Planning and Building issues. They range from amendments to the Victoria Planning… Read more »

GROWTH AREAS INFRASTRUCTURE CONTRIBUTION (GAIC)

On 29 July 2010 the Legislative Council of the Victorian Parliament passed the amendment (VC68) to expand Melbourne’s urban growth boundary allowing 43,600 additional hectares to be brought into metropolitan Melbourne. To support the additional expansion of the urban growth boundary the Planning and Environment Amendment (Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution) Act 2010 came into operation… Read more »

ARMSTRONG CREEK EAST PRECINCT STRUCTURE PLAN

Geelong growth in recent years has resulted in a critical shortage of land available for urban development – about only eighteen months supply of residential lots exist… The Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area (ACUGA) offers the lifeline, for the immediate demand for expansion land for greater Geelong. The ACUGA has been recognized and planned by… Read more »