Opportunities for the Homeless

It appears that the COVID-19 pandemic may hold at least some silver lining for Victoria’s homeless.  Since March more than 2000 homeless Victorians have been accommodated in hotels during the pandemic.  This program has been extended to April 2021. The Victorian Government has announced recently a $150 million package that will cover the cost of… Read more »

Brand new Balenciaga

Collie would like to congratulate Balenciaga on the opening of its new store at 181 to 187 Collins Street, Melbourne.  Collie worked closely with the project architects (Arkhe Tekhne) in obtaining a planning permit for advertising signs and alterations to the façade of the building, which is affected by heritage controls. In obtaining planning approval,… Read more »

New Wetlands for Geelong’s Armstrong Creek Growth Area

The City of Greater Geelong has released recently a draft masterplan (see image below) for the Sparrovale Wetlands. The Sparrovale Wetlands is located in the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area (ACUGA), which is a major growth area to the south of Geelong. The project is of interest to Collie as we are providing town planning… Read more »

Approved Building Envelopes and Memorandum of Common Provisions

Collie continues to assist a number of clients in preparing Approved Building Envelope (ABE) plans for their residential subdivision developments located in the various growth corridors of Melbourne.  The ABE is the mechanism to vary the design parameters under Clause 54 of the Scheme and the Building Regulations 2018 that apply to the siting of… Read more »

Updates to the Small Lot Housing Code

The Victorian State Government recently gazetted changes to the Victorian Planning Provisions, through Amendment VC150, which replaces the existing Small Lot Housing Code (SLHC) with a new version of the code (SLHC November 2019). In revising the SLHC, Amendment VC150 sought to provide greater clarity on certain standards and definitions of the SLHC.  As part… Read more »

get on your bike – update

Collie advised recently on Melbourne City Council-announced new proposals for additional bike paths to increase safety and convenience for cyclists and other road users in response to expected cycling growth during (and perhaps after) the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then additional news has been released by the Council on a timeline for the expected new works…. Read more »

in the grove

Collie recently inspected the progress of The Grove development, in Tarneit.  As part of our town planning services, Collie assisted the client in obtaining planning permits for three separate subdivision areas that comprise The Grove development.  Once completed, The Grove will include over 2,500 lots, a town centre, primary school, secondary school, community facilities, sporting… Read more »

New park for Seafarers Rest

he wharf situated at Seafarers Rest at the western end of Flinders Street, next to the historic Mission to Seafarers building is about to be revamped into an exciting new green space in collaboration with the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government. The 3,500 square metre park will be located on the north bank… Read more »

Warehouse Due Diligence Advice

Collie worked with the client providing town planning research and advice in relation to two sites, being Preston, Victoria and Tweed Heads South, New South Wales (pictured below).  The due diligence planning advice focused on the potential to operate warehouse distribution centres at the two sites. Collie reviewed the relevant local planning provisions to determine… Read more »

VC175 Industry Buffer Changes

The Victorian State Government gazetted recently changes to the Victorian Planning Provisions, introduced via Amendment VC175. Amendment VC175 addresses changes relating to industry buffers in terms of amenity, human health and safety impacts.  It amends the Planning Policy Framework (PPF) and Clause 53.10 (Uses with Adverse Amenity Potential). The changes to the PPF aim to… Read more »