Month: April 2013

ENCLAVE

We’d like to congratulate Mirvac on their recent release of their Enclave development in Ascot Vale.  The first stage of Enclave was released to the market last weekend and experienced strong sales. Collie has had a long relationship with the site, obtaining various planning approvals for the development of the former Orica facility.  Given the… Read more »

MELBOURNE FERRIES BACKGROUND STUDY, DISCUSSION PAPER

The Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) recently released a discussion paper on a ferry service for Melbourne, fulfilling one of the Victorian Government pre-election promises.  The study is underpinned by the rapid population growth occurring in Melbourne’s west and the need to investigate additional transport modes to cater for those who travel into… Read more »

STANDARD DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTIONS

In September last year the Minister for Planning established the Standard Development Contributions Advisory Committee (the Committee) to provide advice regarding a new development contributions system.  ‘Report 1 – Setting the Framework’, was presented to the Minister in December 2012 and was released to the public for comment in January 2013. Report 1 is the… Read more »

VANCOUVER AND MELBOURNE: A FEW OBSERVATIONS FROM A RESIDENT OF BOTH

The Planning Institute of Australia (Victoria) conducted recently an evening talk on “the other liveable city” which included guest speakers who have had city planning responsibilities in Vancouver and Melbourne.  We thought it would be interesting to ask a person who had been a long term resident of both cities (and who regularly visits the… Read more »

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Affordable housing is one thing but the local amenity should be reasonable.