Year: 2018

city square gone; train is coming

If you’ve been in the city recently you will have noticed that the City Square exists no longer.  In its place is a huge pit where major works are taking place for the new Metro Tunnel and the Town Hall Station which will have direct connections to Flinders Street Station. You can view the construction… Read more »

new planning controls

Macedon Ranges Statement of Planning Policy  Victoria’s most iconic natural areas will now have potential for greater recognition and development control, following the passage of the Distinctive Areas and Landscape Bill 2017. One of the first such areas to be the subject of the new Statements of Planning Policy (SPP), will be the Macedon Ranges…. Read more »

CEFC joins Mirvac to launch build-to-rent

You may have seen in the press recently that Mirvac has launched its ‘build-to-rent’ residential club by securing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) as its first investor. ‘Indigo’ will be located at Mirvac’s Pavilions project at Sydney Olympic Park. Build-to-rent is similar to the multi-family housing concept that is popular in the US and… Read more »

brunswick east townhouses approved

Collie recently assisted the client in obtaining town planning approval for the development of three townhouses in Donald Street, Brunswick East. Collie worked closely with Splinter Society Architects in advising on the built form requirements in order to develop a proposal that would be supported by Moreland City Council. After attending a pre-application meeting, Collie… Read more »

Postcard from Germany

Germany as with other parts of Europe, is extremely efficient with its land use with with the prevalence of vineyards, solar and wind farms being examples. What is surprising and also spectacular is that the location of vineyards do not preclude land with steep terrain and vineyards are often located right on the edge of… Read more »

Fly Me To….

Interesting reading in the recently released draft 2018 Masterplan for Melbourne Airport– submissions are being received until 8 October 2018.  This is the strategic document providing a blueprint for the Airport’s development over the next 20 years. Some facts and figures we noted include: Melbourne Airport has been operating in its current location for almost… Read more »

Highlands Approval

Collie recently assisted Stockland in obtaining town planning approval for a number of applications in ‘Highlands’ Craigieburn. The first approval was subdivision plan 11c (SP11c), which is located in the north-east of Highlands and will have a significant frontage to Mt Ridley Road, a major east-west arterial road and one of the main entries to… Read more »

Landscape Handover

Collie has recently completed the handover to Wyndham City Council of the landscape works for the  penultimate stages of Highgrange in Truganina.  This actually completes the majority of the landscape works for Highgrange. Congratulations to Truganina Gateway Pty Ltd on the completion of these works.    

Infrastructure Contribution Plan Change: Land in Lieu

Infrastructure Contribution Plan Change: Land in Lieu Last Wednesday, one of our town planners attended an UDIA industry insights forum on the Infrastructure Contribution Plan (ICP) changes that came into effect on 2 July 2018.  Presenters were from DELWP and the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA). The ICP system, which applies generally to metropolitan greenfield growth… Read more »

Is this Guy Serious?

With the State election in November fast approaching, we at Collie were interested to hear the latest comments from State opposition leader and former Minister for Planning Matthew Guy in relation to proposed changes to Victoria’s residential zones. The proposed changes announced by the opposition leader, which are subject to the Coalition winning government in… Read more »