Month: August 2014

CHANGE OF PLANS?

VCAT Rulings on Process to Amend Plans – Transitional provisions in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone In recent articles we have commented on the new residential zones including transitional provisions that allow planning permit applications lodged before the introduction of the new zones to be considered under the ‘old’ rules. A new ‘rule’ under the neighbourhood… Read more »

TESS TATTOOED

In July this year, Collie Town Planner Tessa Bond travelled with OzScot Australia to Switzerland to dance at the Basel Tattoo.  OzScot Australia is Australia’s premier international highland dancing team and includes dancers from all over Australia.  The team of 36 danced in 15 performances over eight days, each in front of a crowd of… Read more »

APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT APPROVED IN STATION STREET BOX HILL

Over the past year Collie has been involved in a number of residential apartment projects in the Box Hill Central Activities Area. The most recently issued planning permit was in June for a four-storey apartment building of 47 apartments above basement car parking, at 740 Station Street, Box Hill. Collie worked closely with the client… Read more »

NEW RESIDENTIAL ZONES: UPDATE

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Our Collie News article last month noted that the Minister for Planning had introduced a series of new residential zones across Victoria. The transitional provisions for the new zones mean permit applications lodged before the introduction of the new zones, will be considered under the ‘old’ rules.  In some cases, the old rules provide for… Read more »

A LOT OF NOISE, BUT IS ANYBODY LISTENING?

The relationship between live music venues and surrounding residents has been a vexed planning question for many years.  What are the rights and responsibilities of each party? What is a reasonable level of noise?  At what times? Does it matter if the live music venue was there well before any residents moved into the surrounding… Read more »

MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY ARCHITECTURE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION IS NEARING COMPLETION

Some Collie town planners recently had an opportunity to view the new ABP (architecture, building and planning) building at the University of Melbourne. Our guide, the Dean of the Architecture, Planning and Building Faculty Tom Kvan, explained the principle design aspects and nuances as we wondered through the key spaces of the building including the… Read more »