Month: February 2014

GROWTH AREAS INFRASTRUCTURE CONTRIBUTION WORK-IN-KIND AGREEMENTS

The Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act) has recently been amended to allow developers to enter into a work-in-kind agreement for the provision of land or works or a combination of both as an alternative to paying the whole or part of the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC). The land and works to be… Read more »

KNOX PROPOSES NEW RESIDENTIAL ZONES

Knox is the latest Council to prepare a planning scheme amendment to introduce the new residential zones across the Municipality.  Unlike many other councils that have been mentioned in our recent zone reform articles, Knox is proceeding with a full planning scheme amendment to implement the new zones.  Amendment C131 to the Knox Planning Scheme… Read more »

PLANNING MINSTER AND MPA CEO COMMENTS

The Minister for Planning Mathew Guy and the CEO of the re-named Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) Peter Seamer spoke at a VPELA seminar on Wednesday. The Minister summarised key planning reforms during his time as Minster, which included prescribing timeframes to the planning scheme amendment process, commercial and residential zone reforms, Plan Melbourne and the… Read more »

PLAN MELBOURNE UPDATE

The draft version of the new metropolitan planning strategy, Plan Melbourne, was released for public comment in October last year.  Submissions on the draft closed on 6 December 2013.  We understand that hundreds of submissions were received by the State Government. At the time that the draft was released for public comment, it was understood… Read more »

CASCADE TERRACE TOWN HOMES – HIGHLANDS

Collie recently assisted Stockland and Town Living to obtain planning approval for the development of 71 town homes at Cascade Terrace in Highlands, Craigieburn. Cascade Terrace is located directly to the north of Highlands Lake within proximity to the Highlands Sales and Information centre. The development is a joint venture between Stockland and Town Living… Read more »

H&M IS COMING TO MELBOURNE

Collie is pleased that H&M has been granted a planning permit which enables the well known Swedish clothing company to open its first Australian store in the iconic Melbourne General Post Office (GPO) building. H&M will occupy the ground, mezzanine and first floor levels of the GPO, taking over the floor space that has been… Read more »

RESIDENTIAL ZONE REFORM UPDATE – CITY OF WHITEHORSE

Whitehorse City Council, like most other councils in Victoria, is in the process of implementing the reformed residential zones into the Whitehorse Planning Scheme.  Whitehorse is seeking to implement the new zones in association with a Housing Study, Neighbourhood Character Study and Neighbourhood Activity Centre Design Guidelines. Whitehorse City Council (Council) placed a draft Housing… Read more »