DELIVERING AFFORDABLE HOUSING – ROUND AND ROUND

“We need a definition for affordable housing” said at least two panel members at the UDIA / Community Housing Federation forum (‘Delivering Affordable Housing’) on Wednesday 1 February 2017 in Melbourne. So, after many years of concern and discussion on this topic of ever increasing importance, we are told we need a definition – round… Read more »

New Victorian Departments and Authorities

Some recent Victorian Government announcements on changes to departments and Authorities are summarised below. Land Use Victoria within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has been established within the Local Infrastructure Group and incorporating existing land administration and spatial mapping functions. A new statutory authority, Development Victoria will incorporate the property development… Read more »

Final Better Apartment Standards… Finally!

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has released the long awaited final Better Apartment Design Standards.  The release ends a long process of drafts and consultation periods, which began following the release of the Better Apartments discussion paper in May 2015.  It is expected that these standards will be gazetted into the Victorian Planning Scheme in March… Read more »

SEASONS GREETINGS FROM ALL AT COLLIE

The Collie office will be closed for the the Christmas and New Year break From Monday 26 December 2016 until Friday 13 January 2017. Certain staff may be in the office during this period and if so they can be contacted via email or mobile phone.  If the matter is urgent please email consult@colliepl.com.au to… Read more »

EASTSIDE SOON TO COMMENCE CONSTRUCTION

It was great to see that plans for the Eastside development (previously known as ‘Townside’)  have been approved allowing the development of 198 townhouses in Highlands, Craigieburn.   For further details on the project please see our previous article. Construction is expected to commence in early 2017 with Eastside to be developed over the next couple… Read more »

150 OXFORD STREET COLLINGWOOD

Collie congratulates LCI Education Pty Ltd on obtaining the town planning permits for its new campus at 150 Oxford Street, Collingwood. Following the issuing of the associated buildings and works town planning permit earlier this year, the change of use town planning permit has been recently issued allowing the use of an education centre. Collie… Read more »

RUSKIN STREET TOWN HOMES

Further to our previous article it is good to see the completion of ten townhouses at Ruskin Street in Highlands, Craigieburn. The townhouses offer a well-designed medium density development that is located to front the newly developed Volcano Park, as seen in the photos below.

aila seminar – VIC living cities

This week Collie attended an AILA seminar focused on planning, design and construction of green infrastructure.  Five speakers including Peter Seamer [Victorian Planning Authority], Rob Adams [Melbourne City Council], Adrian Grey [Brimbank City Council], Jill Garner [Victorian Government Architect] and Sally Capp [Property Council of Australia] provided a wealth of insights into this emerging field…. Read more »

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 »