Month: July 2011

ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO REVIEW PLANNING SYSTEM IN VICTORIA

The Minister for Planning has established an Advisory Committee to review the planning system in Victoria. A call for submissions has been made. The Advisory Committee is to consider the whole planning system including the provisions of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and how it works; the State and local policy provisions; the operation… Read more »

LOTS UNDER 300 SQUARE METRES NO PERMIT IF CODE MET

Minister for Planning announced on 14 July 2011 that in new (not yet approved) Precinct Structure Plans provisions will be included that will remove the need for planning permits for lots under 300 square metres provided there is compliance with new Growth Areas Small Lot Housing Code. The code and provisions will not be mandatory…. Read more »

PUBLIC OPEN SPACE AND RETAIL DEVELOPMENT

In a recent VCAT case, where a Collie staff member gave expert evidence, there was an interesting issue of public open space required as ‘cash-in-lieu’ but with no intention of meeting demand to serve users of the proposed development. If you know the area on the Princes Highway around Westall Road in Springvale in Melbourne,… Read more »

SAN REMO EXPANSION

The future expansion of the township of San Remo, at the entrance point to Phillip Island, was the subject of a panel hearing in March.  Amendment C103 to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme had proposed the easterly extension of San Remo linking, for those who know the area, the existing urban area with the Silver… Read more »

VCAT APPROVES TWO STOREY DEVELOPMENT IN COURT

Collie recently represented a client who proposed the development of three two-storey houses in a court in Doncaster East, replacing an existing 1960s style single storey house.  The application had attracted a number of objections from residents within the court as well as from the rear of the property.  Despite those objections, Manningham City Council… Read more »

DID YOU KNOW?

The National Gallery of Victoria has the world’s largest stained glass ceiling – 51 metres (167.3 feet) long by 15 metres (49.2 feet) wide.