Year: 2015

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNT FROM SOUTHBANK, DOCKLANDS AND FISHERMANS BEND?

Often when Southbank, Docklands and Fishermans Bend are mentioned in the media, these new urban renewal areas (and in particular Docklands) are criticised and while undoubtedly some lessons can be learnt, there have also been a lot of positives that can be taken from development that has occurred so far in these precincts.  For this… Read more »

PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE 2015

With the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in full swing at the time, an ABC television documentary ‘How to Save the World’ last Monday night got me (again) thinking about climate change.  My initial reaction to the program was that it is remarkable how much some countries are doing to tackle climate change, compared… Read more »

CBD INTERIM BUILDING CONTROLS – THREE MONTHS ON

Almost three months have passed since Planning Minister Richard Wynne gazetted (Amendment C262) a series of changes to the Melbourne Planning Scheme, which introduced interim design and development controls for parts of the CBD and Southbank. Very generally, the changes brought in new rules (such as a plot ratio provision – remember them) to reduce… Read more »

EAST MELBOURNE THE MOST LIVEABLE SUBURB

The Liveable Melbourne Study ranking the liveability of Melbourne suburbs has highlighted the changing trends in the suburbs in which Melbournians want to live.  Deloitte Access Economics and Tract Consultants conducted the study based on fifteen indictors, which were assumed to be important to Melbournians.  These indicators included public transport, schools and shops, open space… Read more »

BELLBIRD RIDGE ESTATE

Collie is currently assisting Bellbird Estate Holdings Pty Ltd in obtaining planning permits for dwellings on individual lots within Bellbird Ridge Estate in Diamond Creek. A significant part of the Bellbird Ridge Estate is covered by an Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO) triggering planning permit requirements for building and works. The Collie role on the project… Read more »

NEW GISBORNE STAGE 6

Collie has assisted Tucketts Road Holdings Pty Ltd and Mt Penryn Investments Pty Ltd in obtaining a planning permit for the subdivision and construction of dwellings at 2 Stern Way, New Gisborne.  This project forms one phase (Stage 6) of a multi-staged project in New Gisborne.  The site has been earmarked in the approved development… Read more »

WATERMARK

Collie congratulates ID_Land on its planning permit from the City of Greater Geelong (Council) for the subdivision of approximately 40 hectares of land in the Horseshoe Bend Precinct of the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area (ACUGA).  The ACUGA is the largest growth area outside metropolitan Melbourne covering an area of 2,500 hectares and comprising seven… Read more »

INCREASING DENSITY = INCREASING HAPPINESS

A number of Collie planners attended the recent annual debate (in honour of Dr Paul Mees and his contribution to local and international urban transport and planning). The panel consisted of industry planning professionals, politicians and comedians debating the topic, the denser we get the happier we are.  The affirmative panel members included James Larmour-Reid… Read more »

NIGHTINGALE APARTMENT REFUSAL

The topical recent decision by VCAT to refuse Nightingale Apartments because it does not have any car parks has left many of us baffled and questioning where sustainable development is headed. Nightingale Apartments is designed by Breathe Architecture, the company also behind the award winning ‘The Commons’ apartment complex, which has received support and praise… Read more »