GemLife Woodend Stage 6 Approval

GemLife has obtained town planning approval for the sixth stage of its lifestyle village in Woodend.  The latest addition to the village will comprise nineteen architecturally designed individual living units, a tennis court and pavilion as well as a large parking area for recreation vehicles The Collie role on the project was to provide town… Read more »

Planning Scheme Changes

The Victorian State Government recently gazetted two changes to the Victorian Planning Provisions, which introduced Amendment VC169 and Amendment VC193.  Amendment VC169 Amendment VC169 implements reforms relating to assisting in directing a balanced outcome for housing growth, built form and housing policy.  Specifically, changes were made to various clauses of the Planning Policy Framework in… Read more »

Riddells Creek Town Centre Due Diligence Advice

Collie recently assisted a client in providing due diligence town planning advice in relation to a site in the Riddells Creek town centre. Collie provided detailed town planning advice on the requirements of the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme, previous planning history of the site and on its key opportunities and constraints.  In providing this due… Read more »

VPA to Update Precinct Structure Planning Guidelines

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has prepared new draft guidelines for precinct structure planning in Melbourne’s Greenfields. As an overall comment, the draft guidelines appear to be largely a re-badging of the previous Precinct Structure Planning (PSP) Guidelines with only a handful of revised or new performance targets.  The draft guidelines do move away however,… Read more »

Residential Subdivision Approved for former School Site

A large parcel of land (9.6 hectares) in the ID_Land masterplanned community ‘Elements’ in Truganina is identified by the Truganina Precinct Structure Plan as a ‘potential non-government school site’. Despite its best efforts including a marketing campaign, ID_Land was unable to secure any interest from a non-government school operator for the site.  As a result,… Read more »

When are Electric Vehicle Charging Stations required and Who Pays?

Many planning schemes in Victoria contain an environmentally sustainable development (ESD) policy that requires for certain types of development and use above a specified size, the preparation of a green travel plan (GTP). A GTP is prepared typically by an ESD expert and at times has recommended the provision of one or more car parking… Read more »

GemLife Woodend Construction Update

The first few stages of the GemLife lifestyle village in Woodend are nearing completion, with construction of the next few stages well underway. GemLife is aiming for its $11 million clubhouse to open within the next few months and Collie is pleased to provide town planning services on this significant project for Woodend. 

Federation Square $20m Makeover

The Victorian government recently announced it will be injecting $20 million into an upgrade of Federation Square. The announcement noted that the overhaul is to include new lighting, a regional Victorian food and wine experience, better signage and improvements to the Deakin Edge Theatre and event spaces.  There was related talk about the Square being… Read more »

ID_Land expands Glenlee

ID_Land will expand on its masterplanned community known as ‘Glenlee’ through the recent town planning approval of a residential subdivision (see below) comprising 322 lots.  Glenlee is located within the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth area and approximately 6 kilometres to the south of the Geelong CBD. Following the preparation and submission of the planning permit… Read more »

Auto Showroom Potential in Mackay

Collie recently assisted a client in providing town planning advice on the potential for an auto showroom on a site in Mackay, Queensland. Based on the Mackay Regional Planning Scheme and other matters, Collie was able to advise the client that planning approval was not required.    The due diligence advice provided to the client… Read more »