Month: June 2012

VANDUSEN GARDEN VANCOUVER

The VanDusen (named after one of its key benefactors) Garden is in the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada. For five decades until about 1960, it had been part of an exclusive golf club. The club re-located due to the expansion of the urban area around it and after a public campaign, it was determined that it… Read more »

CIRS

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is North America’s most innovative high-performance building – and it is on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus in Vancouver, Canada.   CIRS demonstrates how a building can be regenerative by improving its environment and the community it serves, with . . . landscaped areas delivering… Read more »

GROWTH CORRIDORS, PRECINCT STRUCTURE PLANS AND LOGICAL INCLUSIONS

  The Minister for Planning made a number of significant planning announcements at a recent function held at Federation Square attended by Collie. First, the Minister released the four new Growth Corridor Plans for Melbourne.  These plans are for the West Corridor, Sunbury Corridor, North Corridor and South East Corridor.  The Corridor Plans outline the… Read more »

NEW CAR PARKING PROVISIONS IN VICTORIA

From 5 June 2012 (via amendment VC90), all planning schemes in Victoria will contain new car parking provisions.  This was announced recently by the Minster for Planning Matthew Guy and follows the 2012 work of the Car Parking Advisory Committee. The new provisions will: replace clauses 52.06 ( car parking); introduce a new clause 45.09… Read more »

WAR ON RED TAPE CONTINUES: DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTIONS STANDARDISATION

Last week Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced a preferred framework for the reforms to the approach to development contributions. Development contributions plans outline the works or payments that must be made by developers to implement infrastructure such as roads, drainage and water management systems, open space and community facilities in new communities. The Minister stated… Read more »