Parklets or park-less

A number of cafes and the Grand View Hotel in Moreland are participating in the Moreland City Council ‘Parklet’ program.  A ‘Parklet’ is created by removing on-street car parking spaces and essentially widening the footpath for public use such as for outdoor seating and planting – image of the Parklet at the Grand View Hotel… Read more »

Gisborne Growth

Congratulations to ID_FLK Gisborne Land Pty Ltd on the recent approval of the Gisborne area 4B development plan, which will allow for a six hundred plus lot residential development in the Gisborne township area. The development plan provides for a new State primary school, public open space areas and a significant landscaped linear waterway. The… Read more »

back to basics: twenty minute neighbourhoods

  A Planning Institute of Australia event this week focused on the initial work by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to include more prescriptive policies in Victorian Planning Provisions to guide the development and redevelopment of ‘twenty minute’ walkable neighbourhoods. A twenty minute neighbourhood is defined by a commercial neighbourhood centre… Read more »

New Data Centre for Canberra

Collie recently assisted Equinix in obtaining a Development Approval for a two-storey data centre in Mitchell, a suburb of Canberra in the ACT. The new data centre will be co-located with an existing data facility and provides an additional 6,000 square metres of floor area predominately for data storage purposes.  Furthermore, the co-location allows existing… Read more »

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 »