there are tunnels and then there are tunnels

In Australia, transport tunnel projects are still newsworthy especially where they have a wider purpose. In Norway things are a bit different with rail and road tunnels being commonplace but nevertheless, often engineering marvels – but in fjord / mountain country, you deal with the conditions. For example, if you leave Bergen on the west… Read more »

planning advice in new south wales

Collie has assisted two clients with planning advice on projects in New South Wales. The first project was a residential development in Exeter, south of Sydney in the Southern Highlands.  The project involved a development application that resulted subsequently in an approval. The second project involved planning advice to a national client on a potential… Read more »

bushfire requirement confusion

Readers of the Collie newsfeed will note that in December 2017 the Victorian State Government gazetted a change to the Victorian Planning Provisions which introduced Amendment VC140, which updated the Planning Policy Frameworks to provide a greater focus on bushfire risk-based planning. At the time of Amendment VC140, it was acknowledged that all levels of… Read more »

Retirement Living Outlook

A Property Council of Australia breakfast on Retirement Living was held this week as part its ‘Outlook’ series. The event started with a presentation from media personality Red Symons which helped the crowd get going with the early start. David Frost from Cottee Parker Architects was then presented on an integrated Aged Care and Retirement… Read more »

pencil towers to dominate melbourne?

Skylines of ‘skinny’ skyscrapers are seen in New York City and Hong Kong but Melbourne is emerging as Australia’s own city of pencil towers. The slenderness of a pencil tower is based on the site’s width in proportion to the building’s height.   The towers are usually comprised of residential apartments. The Sydney City Council is… Read more »

stockland adds to the grove

Collie assisted Stockland in obtaining town planning approval at ‘The Grove’ in Tarneit for the subdivision of land known as ‘The Grove South-West’.  The Grove South-West will be the newest addition to The Grove estate which once completed, is expected to contain approximately 2,500 dwellings. The subdivision (layout below) comprises over 720 lots with a… Read more »

townhouses approved for reservoir

Collie recently assisted a client in obtaining a planning permit through consent orders for the construction of three double storey dwellings in Jenkin Street, Reservoir. Following refusal of the original planning permit application by Darebin City Council, Collie was appointed to provide town planning advice with the aim of resolving the matter without the need… Read more »

solar energy facilities draft guidelines

The Victorian State Government has released draft Guidelines for the assessment of large-scale solar energy facilities in Victoria.   The following aspects of the draft Guidelines are of particular interest. Land use planning A proponent is encouraged to consider initially multiple sites within a region in order to assist with establishing the most suitable site. Agricultural… Read more »

id land adds gleenlee to armstrong creek

Collie assisted ID Land in obtaining town planning approval for the subdivision of land known as ‘Glenlee’ located in the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth area, approximately 6 kilometres south of the Geelong CBD. The approved subdivision (layout below) once developed, will comprise over 350 lots with a mix of conventional and medium densities, a district… Read more »

new subdivision approval in highlands

Collie assisted Stockland in obtaining town planning approval at ‘Highlands’ in Craigieburn for the subdivision of land known as ‘Subdivision Plan 33’ (SP33).  SP33 will be the newest addition to this extensive and successful Stockland development. The approved subdivision (layout below) comprises over 140 lots as well as a large area of open space intended… Read more »