Month: March 2012

GATEWAY UNDERWAY

The ‘Gateway’ new community development project is now underway in Truganina South with the opening recently of the sales centre on the corner of Sayers Road and Palmers Road. Sales in the Central Equity Land Corporation project are progressing well, following the issue of the planning permit by Wyndham City Council. Collie is pleased to… Read more »

‘RECORD’ PLANNING PERMIT ACTIVITY IN VICTORIA – SHOULD WE BE CELEBRATING

The Minister for Planning recently issued a media release that announced the Planning Permit Activity Report for 2010-11. The media release celebrated an increase in planning and development activity and the total number of planning permit decisions, including ‘highlights’ such as: • 2.5 per cent increase in applications lodged; • 29.4 per cent increase in… Read more »

POOR URBAN DESIGN OR SUB-STANDARD INFRASTRUCTURE PROVISION

The headline in today’s Age ‘Melbourne’s sick suburbs’ is an interesting reminder about the roots of the town planning profession. Oddly however, while early instances of ‘town planning’ focused on separating houses from each other (and from other land uses) in order to avoid the spread of disease, today’s newspaper article highlights the health problems… Read more »

CONGRATULATIONS SOPHIE!

The team at Collie would like to congratulate Sophie Jordan for winning the ‘2012 Rising Star Scholarship’. Sophie was awarded the scholarship for her essay ‘Woman and Home: An Investigation into Equitable Forms of Housing’. Sophie is currently working at Collie as part of a formal work placement while she completes the final year of… Read more »

PLANNING REFORM AGENDA

The Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, was the guest speaker at the UDIA monthly luncheon on 2 March. The Minister spoke about the need to provide further growth and development opportunities in Victoria by continuing to reform the planning system. He referred to the recent relaxation of rules for bulky goods retailers as an example… Read more »

GROWTH AREA PLANNING

The Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA) held an interesting seminar on 28 February regarding “the key ingredients to building sustainable growth area communities”. A panel of speakers led by Jane-Frances Kelly from the Grattan Institute and Brian Haratsis from MacroPlan engaged in lively debate. The Grattan Institute is certainly establishing itself as a… Read more »

3 POINT MOTORS, KEW

Collie has provided 3 Point Motors with town planning services over a number of years. Previously, Collie obtained planning permits for 3 Point Motors to undertake a commercial and used car dealership on Heidelberg Road, Fairfield as well as a planning permit for the redevelopment of the dealership at Heidelberg Road, Alphington (which has now… Read more »

VCAT EVIDENCE FOR BEACH ROAD DWELLING

Jay Hollerich from Collie recently presented expert planning evidence to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in relation to the development of a single dwelling at Beach Road, Hampton (the development site). Collie became involved with the project with the matter already being considered by VCAT following determination by the Bayside City Council that… Read more »

HIGHER DENSITY HOUSING SHOULD NOT ALWAYS MEAN ‘TOWERS’

A recent media release by the Minister for Planning Matthew Guy identified opportunities to expand the Melbourne central business district (CBD) through the construction of high rise development beyond the Hoddle Grid, Docklands and Southbank. The Minister identified opportunities for high rise development to include Fishermans Bend, E-Gate on its western edge, St Kilda Road… Read more »

DID YOU KNOW? POPULATION

Population density in Australia is usually calculated in kilometres square per person, not people per square kilometre. Australia has 0.38 square kilometres per person available. Yet well over 90 per cent are cramming into our coastal cities.