Month: June 2014

HIGHLANDS SP30

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Collie was grateful for being included in the Stockland team that has been successful recently in gaining approval for the development of ‘SP30’, the first of the Highlands expansion area approvals. The land was part of a large area purchased last year by Stockland from Place Victoria. The approval allows for the development of about… Read more »

FOOTPATHS

What springs to mind when you think about footpaths? Do you consider they are just a means to an end? Do you find enjoyment in observing your surrounds as you walk/ride along a footpath? Generally footpaths are associated with physical activity. The Heart Foundation maintains that physical activity “is an important part of a healthy… Read more »

LIES, DAMNED LIES AND POPULATION PROJECTIONS

LIES, DAMNED LIES AND POPULATION PROJECTIONS The 19th century British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, is generally attributed with the famous quote – “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”  Perhaps he could have also included population projections. The latest population forecasts for Victoria have been released by the State Government and… Read more »

TOWNHOUSE DEVELOPMENT IN PRESTON

A planning permit was recently issued by the Darebin City Council for the development of five townhouses in Albert Street, Preston. Collie was engaged by Woodlands Preston Pty Ltd to provide town planning services and manage the planning permit application process. The site is located on a main road in Preston, approximately 400 metres from… Read more »

APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT IN CLAYTON

Collie recently provided planning services for a two-storey apartment building over a basement in Irwin Street Clayton.  Collie assisted in the preparation of a planning permit application and subsequently acted as advocate on behalf of the client at a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). Despite extensive discussions with Council, the planning permit application was… Read more »

OBSERVATIONS FROM ALASKA 1

Alaska is cold, raw, magnificent and awe-inspiring.  For example, as an Australian it is an eye-opener to read that in some parts, the snowfall each year would cover a ten-storey building; or that the capital Juneau is a small frontier town with a permanent population of only about 32,000 people; or that boat, ‘float plane’… Read more »

THE PLAN IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE PLAN!

It’s official. The previous government’s metropolitan strategy ‘Melbourne 2030’ is dead. It was 12 years old. Although arguably in an induced coma for the last few years, the approval of Amendment VC106 to the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes in the State now makes it unambiguous that the old Plan has gone.  References… Read more »