MORE QUESTIONS ON RESIDENTIAL REZONING

The Minister for Planning recently rezoned several parcels of land in the City of Yarra (Yarra) through planning scheme amendment C197.  These parcels were previously identified to be included in the Residential Growth Zone however, through amendment C197 have been rezoned to either the Neighbourhood Residential Zone or the General Residential Zone. Whilst the rezoning… Read more »

ICP ARRIVES FINALLY

Yesterday, Planning Minister Richard Wynne gazetted the Ministerial Direction on the Preparation and Content of Infrastructure Contributions Plans and introduced the Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) Guidelines.  The ICP Guidelines establishes a new development levy system applying to greenfield growth areas and strategic development areas as defined in the Ministerial Direction. The new system is based… Read more »

PROPERTY COUNCIL LUNCH – MELBOURNE’S NEXT LORD MAYOR

Last Wednesday at a Property Council of Australia lunch in Victoria, there was a hotly contested debate involving the four prospective candidates for the next Lord Mayor of Melbourne. The incumbent Robert Doyle presented along with Olivia Ball, Ken Ong and Phil Cleary. Topics of interest that were debated included: the Queen Victoria Market redevelopment;… Read more »

New fees under the Planning and Environment Act

Planning permit applications will now be subject to the new Planning and Environment (Fees) Regulations, which came into effect on 13 October 2016.  As highlighted previously by Collie, the new regulations represent some notable and in some cases substantial fee increases.  It should also be noted that a range of new fee categories have also… Read more »

WILL THE SWANS BE BULLIED?

Footy fever is alive in Melbourne this weekend with all the fun and entertainment surrounding the AFL Grand Final on Saturday.  Can the Sons of the West win their first flag in 55 years or will the Swans fly away with it?

HIGHLANDS MEDICAL CENTRE FOR PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

Back in February 2016 Collie assisted with obtaining a planning permit for a large medical centre in Highlands, Craigieburn. Collie was then engaged by the future operator of the medical centre, Primary Health Care, to assist with obtaining town planning approval for modifi cations to the medical centre to suit the needs of Primary Health… Read more »

TOWNSIDE A NEW MEDIUM DENSITY DEVELOPMENT

Collie recently assisted Stockland in obtaining planning approval for ‘Townside’ – a medium density development that will comprise 198 double-storey townhouses in Highlands, Craigieburn. Townside has an extensive frontage to Aitken Boulevard (to the east) being a key north-south arterial road and is therefore, located in a prominent part of Highlands. Townside will comprise twelve… Read more »

JACKSONS HILL SUBDIVISION APPROVAL

Collie has assisted Places Victoria in obtaining a planning permit for the subdivision of a further stage (stage 44) of Jacksons Hill, just south of Sunbury.  This stage forms one part of a multi-staged project in Sunbury, Victoria. The stage 44 subdivision is consistent with the Jacksons Hill Local Structure Plan (JHLSP) 2001and has been… Read more »

VPELA SEMINAR – IS A BETTER APARTMENT BETTER IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD IT?

Earlier this week Collie staff members attended a VPELA seminar that focused on the Better Apartments Draft Design Standards that were released recently by the Minister for Planning.  Four guest speakers with different areas of expertise and from a range of companies including David Lock Associates, Ark Resources, MAA Architects and Grocon shared their thoughts… Read more »

TIMBER BUILDINGS BACK IN VOGUE

After decades in the wilderness it is interesting to see in more recent times the re-emergence of timber in building construction. Advances in technology have created the opportunity for medium-rise buildings to be constructed out of timber and its use for this scale of development has emerged internationally as well as within Australia.  A ten-storey… Read more »