Month: October 2012

MINISTERIAL DIRECTION 15: PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENTS

Amendments to planning schemes (such as rezonings) often involve long, drawn out processes with few statutory time frames.  One could be forgiven for thinking that key steps in the process appear to be at the whim of the relevant planning authority.  There has been a call from many in the industry to make the system… Read more »

YOUTH FOYER – BROADMEADOWS

The Victorian Government is partnering with Hanover Welfare Services and the Brotherhood of St Laurence to build a ‘youth foyer’ on Kangan Institute’s Broadmeadows campus.  The Victorian Government made an election commitment to invest $30.1 million over three years to establish three purpose-built and separately located youth foyers, the first of which is the Broadmeadows… Read more »

CHRISTCHURCH REVISITED (AND VISITED)

Previous articles in this column have discussed some of the planning issues relating to the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand.  This has included commentary on the pop-up retail precinct utilising shipping containers and the new town plan released in the middle of this year. A recent trip to Christchurch revealed a city in transition. … Read more »

THE CHANGING MELBOURNE CBD

Interesting to look at the photograph below that was included in the ‘Shaping Melbourne’s Future’ report of August 1987. There have been one or two changes since the photograph!! No Southbank / casino but the old road No Docklands / Mirvac towers / Hilton / Jeff’s Shed No Eureka tower No Southbank / South Melbourne… Read more »

TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND RIVER CROSSINGS

The recent traffic congestion in Melbourne resulting from the 12-hour closure of two key road tunnel links can be compared with the altogether different pace of life and style and operation of bridges and road links in country Belgium. The perhaps slower lifestyle and acceptance of disruptions comes with some very interesting bridge structures that… Read more »

PLANNING FOR ADAPTABILITY IN MELBOURNE’S NEWEST SUBURBS

Australia’s outer suburbs have been growing at a rapid pace.  Despite recent shifts in metropolitan planning toward urban containment and infill development, housing at the fringe continues to dominate our nation’s residential growth.  With Melbourne’s urban growth boundary under its second revision and further revisions planned every two years, it is likely that new fringe… Read more »