Year: 2014

UNIT DEVELOPMENT GROWTH IN THE SUBURBS

An article in The Age last weekend reported that the suburb of Murrumbeena in the inner south-east of Melbourne has experienced the highest “long-term unit price growth in Melbourne”.  According to the article, unit prices have risen 92 per cent in seven years, far exceeding the growth of wealthier inner city suburbs including Toorak and… Read more »

CONTEMPORARY TOWNHOUSES FOR PRESTON

Collie recently assisted Elm Preston Pty Ltd in obtaining a planning permit for the development of a three-storey building comprising ten townhouses in Cramer Street, Preston, close to its intersection with St Georges Road.  Collie assisted the same developer in obtaining planning approval earlier in the year for a townhouse development in Albert Street, also… Read more »

CASEY CULTURAL PRECINCT A STEP CLOSER

Amendment C201 to the Casey Planning Scheme was gazetted on 27 November 2014.  The amendment inserts a new incorporated document “Casey Cultural Precinct Incorporated Plan, August 2014” in the Schedule to Clause 52.03 and the Schedule to Clause 81.01 of the Scheme. The amendment will allow land identified in the incorporated document to be used… Read more »

MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT IN FOOTSCRAY

Collie assisted Baumgart Clark Architects with its planning permit for a multi-storey mixed use development in Leeds Street, Footscray.  The site is located in the heart of the commercial area of Footscray and adjoins an area of public open space, known as Maddern Square, to the west. The site is located in the Footscray Central… Read more »

ONE CENTRAL PARK SYDNEY

According to the Australian Financial Review (12 November 2014), ‘One Central Park’ in Sydney CBD has been named best tall building in the world, beating towers in the US, Europe and Dubai. “The award, from the US-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, is the latest in a string of national and international accolades… Read more »

THOMAS BARKER

We are pleased to congratulate Collie Project Director Aran Barker, Anita and Grace on the arrival of Thomas, born 9 November 2014.  Mum and baby doing well (and even Dad seems OK).

WHERE ARE THE TOWN PLANNING INITIATIVES

Next Saturday, Victorians votes on their next State government so we’ve done a very quick review of the Liberal, ALP and Greens campaign websites as they refer to town planning – we could not find much under the topic. Unlike in past elections, town planning has been a relatively silent issue this time around with… Read more »

FINALLY MY PERMIT

There are some interesting statistics from the Victorian Planning Permit Activity Annual Report for the 2013 / 2014. 56,411 planning permit applications were lodged in Victoria, which represents a 9.1 per cent increase (or a 14.4 per cent increase for metropolitan Melbourne) from the previous financial year. The Municipalities of Mornington Peninsula and Boroondara had… Read more »

THE TIMES ARE CHANGING

The Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Ken Lay, made an impressive case for policing change in an address to a Hume Business Breakfast on Friday 14 November. It was on this day exactly three years ago that Mr Lay was sworn in as Chief Commissioner. He took over the helm at a time of immense… Read more »