Month: March 2015

WINDS OF CHANGE

Last week the Victorian government announced changes to wind farm planning laws. The changes reduce the exclusion zone between houses and proposed wind turbine developments from two kilometres to one kilometre.  The changes also make the Minister for Planning, rather than Councils, responsible for approving new wind farm planning applications. As with most forms of… Read more »

TINY HOUSES

The ‘tiny house’ movement is gaining momentum in Australia as house prices continue to rise and people look towards alternative and simplistic housing options.  A new documentary film titled, ‘Small is Beautiful’ follows four people who are at various stages of building their own small homes.  The documentary explores what it is like to construct… Read more »

THE GREAT DIVIDE

As cities in Australia continue to grow, so too does the distance between work and home for many Australians.  According to a new book titled City Limits: Why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them by Grattan Institute fellows Paul Donnegan and Jane-Frances Kelly, employment generation in the five largest cities in… Read more »

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS As the new State Government settles in it will be interesting to see whether any significant changes are made to the planning system and what infrastructure projects will commence or be announced. While it is still early days, there are a number of unanswered questions and we are eager to see how many… Read more »

NEW COLLIE TOWN PLANNER ALIX HAUSER

We welcome Alix Hauser to the Collie team.  Alix recently completed her Master of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne after studying the Bachelor of Environments (also at the University of Melbourne). As part of her Masters coursework Alix completed a thesis exploring ways to improve the walkability around retirement villages with a focus… Read more »

A POSTCARD FROM NEW YORK CITY

In January this year, Collie town planner, James Million, visited New York City.  While there were many highlights on the trip James has narrowed it down to just a few. The Guggenheim was built in 1959 and designed by well renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  The building was purpose designed and built to display… Read more »

PERMITS PERMITS PERMITS

Collie recently assisted client in obtaining planning permits for re-subdivision and development of land in Diamond Creek, alterations to the façade of the Louis Vuitton store in Collins Street, and a second storey extension in St Kilda East. DEVELOPMENT AT DIAMOND CREEK Collie recently assisted Bellbird Ridge Estate Pty Ltd in obtaining three planning permits… Read more »