Month: June 2015

NEW SOUTH WALES INTRODUCES NEW APARTMENT DESIGN GUIDE

The New South Wales (NSW) State Government has recently replaced its ‘Residential Flat Design Code’ introduced in 2002 with a new ‘Apartment Design Guide’ (the Guide).  The introduction of the new guidelines that will apply to apartment development will result in the State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP) 65 for NSW being amended to reference this… Read more »

CHANGES TO INFRASTRUCTURE CONTRIBUTIONS

The Labor State Government will proceed with reforming the infrastructure contributions system, following on from work completed by the Standard Development Contributions Advisory Committee that commenced in 2012.  The Planning and Environment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions) Bill 2015 has been introduced into Parliament and is based on the recommendations of the Advisory Committee. The new system… Read more »

METROPOLITAN PLANNING LEVY

The State Government has introduced a new levy for planning permit applications under changes to the Planning and Environment Act 1987.  The Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) will commence on 1 July 2015 and is required to be paid for planning permit applications in metropolitan Melbourne that have an estimated cost of development of $1 million… Read more »

VPELA SEMINAR ON MELBOURNE’S HOUSING EQUATION

This week I along with another Collie staff member attended a VPELA seminar that focused on housing affordability and design.  Four guest speakers from a diverse range of professions including Urbanxchange, Elenberg Fraser, Breathe Architecture and the Property Council of Australia shared their thoughts on Melbourne’s current housing supply and the types of housing supply… Read more »

VPELA SEMINAR ON CONSTRAINTS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MELBOURNE’S URBAN RENEWAL

Last night I attended a VPELA seminar where guest speakers from a range of fields including archaeology, town planning, the Environment Protection Authority and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, spoke on Melbourne’s urban renewal.  Following the presentations, there was a panel discussion. While the presentations considered both constraints and opportunities for… Read more »