Month: May 2012

VPELA ‘TITANIC’ BALL

A group of planners from Collie took a table at the recent VPELA ball, themed on the ‘Titanic’/  The band played on as the ship went down but luckily in this re-enactment all survived – more or less!

POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED LAND A POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT ISSUE

An interesting seminar regarding contaminated land was organized by the Planning Institute of Australia (Victorian Division) on 8 May at Russell Kennedy Solicitors.  Presenters included Stefan Fiedler (Russell Kennedy), Michael Rehfisch (Senversa) and John Glossop (Glossop Town Planning). The meeting focused on the issues associated with development encroaching on landfills and contaminated sites.  In particular,… Read more »

ANOTHER WAR ON PLANNING RED TAPE?

PLANNING SYSTEM REVIEW – ADVISORY COMMITTEE INITIAL REPORT A recent media release from the Minister for Planning, Mr Mathew Guy, was titled “Government declares war on planning red tape“.  The media release accompanied the Victorian Planning System Ministerial Advisory Committee initial report (11 May 2012) along with the Government’s initial response to this report. The… Read more »

ADDITIONAL RETAIL OPPORTUNITIES AT COBURG HILL

Last week the Minister for Planning formally approved an amendment to the Coburg Hill Development Plan.  The amendment increases the maximum allowable floorspace for shops located within the Coburg Hill ‘neighbourhood hub’ from 2,000 square metres to 4,500 square metres. The amendment will enable a ‘full-line’ supermarket to be developed on the site (in addition… Read more »

TAYLORS ROAD, PLUMPTON

Melton Shire Council issued this week a planning permit for a 90-lot residential subdivision on Taylors Road, Plumpton.  The site is located within an area affected by the Taylors Hill West Precinct Structure Plan and is located immediately to the west of land already developed in Caroline Springs.  The approved subdivision will provide an access… Read more »