highgrange completed

Collie provided urban design, masterplanning, landscape architecture and town planning assistance for the Highgrange development located on Palmers Road in Truganina.  The development includes a range of dwelling types (including some medium density) and public open space areas.  This development is expected to accommodate just over 250 dwellings. The Collie role included: designing the subdivision… Read more »

not like pulling teeth

A well documented (plans) planning permit application in Kensington has run fairly smoothly through the Melbourne City Council planning process. A planning permit was granted for an extension to an existing dental centre under a heritage overlay and located in an activity centre in Macaulay Road, Kensington.  The two level development will house the expanded… Read more »

better apartments inside and out

The Victorian State Government recently released the ‘Better Apartments in Neighbourhoods Discussion Paper 2019‘ which seeks to improve the amenity impacts that new apartment developments may have on the surrounding area. The Discussion Paper builds on the ‘internal’ apartment design guidelines introduced by the State Government in 2017 through the ‘Better Apartment Design Standards‘. The… Read more »

AMX to the MAX

Collie recently assisted the client in providing town planning advice in relation to two sites in Victoria, and two in New South Wales, focusing on the potential for the client to operate its AMX auto accessories store at the site. As part of its advice Collie reviewed the relevant planning controls and advised whether or… Read more »

parklife in shadow

Sunlight in winter is imperative to our health and wellbeing.  Melbournians, especially those living in high-rise residential areas may not be getting enough Vitamin D in their diet.   Amendment C278 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme is designed to redress the issue. The City of Melbourne consulted with the community and found that sunlight in parks… Read more »

sda for knox

Collie recently provided town planning services for a Specialist Disability Accommodation development in Knox, which will comprise accommodation for twenty residents plus carers. SDA accommodation is funded typically under the National Disability Insurance Scheme and provides accessible accommodation for residents who have either extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.        … Read more »

new knox project

Congratulations to Development Victoria on the recent rezoning of its land at 621 Burwood Highway, Knoxfield.  Collie has appreciated being part of the project team which has secured the rezoning. The land is a significant parcel (approximately 19 hectares) on the edge of the Knox Activity Centre, with frontages to Burwood Highway and Scoresby Road,… Read more »

vicsmart in diamond creek

Collie recently assisted the client in obtaining town planning approval for the development of a first floor office space addition to a property in the Diamond Creek town centre. Although only a small project, the interesting aspect was that it was dealt with under VicSmart and resulted in a planning permit being issued in ten… Read more »

hurdles to jump

Kyle Vander Kuyp is an Olympian and an ambassador for indigenous employment and was the guest speaker at a Property Industry Foundation event attended recently by Collie. Kyle talked about how his passion for hurdling and his early success in his formative years helped to shape him as a person.  His dedication to the sport,… Read more »

celine coming to collins

Collie was engaged to assist Celine in obtaining a planning permit for the new Celine store at 109 to 113 Collins Street, Melbourne.  Collie worked closely with the project architects (Arkhe Tekhne) to lodge a planning permit application for advertising signs and alterations to the façade of the building which is affected by heritage controls…. Read more »