Month: May 2016

FEE OR COST RECOVERY

A Regulatory Impact Statement has been prepared for the proposed Planning and Environment (Fees) Regulations 2016 and the proposed Subdivision (Fees) Regulations 2016. The most noticeable proposed change to the Regulations proposes fees to be expressed in fee units.  The use of fee units will allow for the automatic indexation of fees under the Monetary… Read more »

THROUGH THE LENS

The Planning Institute of Australia has released recently its report  Through the lens: megatrends shaping our future.  The report is available on-line through PIA and contains 40 odd pages of trends based on population statistics and more. Some interesting snippets from the report include the following. In 2014, 89% of Australians lived in urban areas… Read more »

PROPERTY COUNCIL LUNCH WITH THE MINISTER FOR PLANNING

Last Tuesday at a Property Council of Australia lunch in Victoria, the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, presented to a sell-out crowd. The first part of the presentation centred on the State Budget and as expected, the “fully funded” delivery of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project was a big focus.  The Minster spoke of the… Read more »

MELBOURNE CBD AND SOUTHBANK BUILDING CONTROLS

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has released updated draft permanent building controls for Melbourne’s CBD which will now be sent to an independent planning panel for review.  The updated draft controls are further to the interim controls introduced last year (see Collie article of September 2015) that sought to control building heights, setbacks and floor area… Read more »