HIGHER DENSITY HOUSING SHOULD NOT ALWAYS MEAN ‘TOWERS’

A recent media release by the Minister for Planning Matthew Guy identified opportunities to expand the Melbourne central business district (CBD) through the construction of high rise development beyond the Hoddle Grid, Docklands and Southbank. The Minister identified opportunities for high rise development to include Fishermans Bend, E-Gate on its western edge, St Kilda Road… Read more »

DID YOU KNOW? POPULATION

Population density in Australia is usually calculated in kilometres square per person, not people per square kilometre. Australia has 0.38 square kilometres per person available. Yet well over 90 per cent are cramming into our coastal cities.

UP, DOWN, OR PLATEAU?

The Property Council of Australia (Victoria) (PCAV) ‘Star Gazing’ panel discussion at Crown on 17 February was an interesting and informative event. PCAV had Mark Korda (KordaMentha), Professor Ian Harper (Deloite Access Economics), Stephen Mayne (journalist and Councillor), Daryl Browning (ISPT Pty Ltd) as panelists ably chaired by Peter Verwer (PCAV). The topic was ‘star… Read more »

ASCOT CHASE – PLANNING PERMIT FOR STAGES 3, 4 AND 5

Following negotiations with Moonee Valley City Council in late 2011, a planning permit was issued for the subdivision and construction of dwellings on Stages 3, 4 and 5 at Ascot Chase, the final three stages of the (up to) 430-dwelling development. Development within these final stages will expand the inner-city residential community already being established… Read more »

WESTERN PRECINCT PLANS, MELBOURNE PARK

Following an exciting two weeks of tennis, the Australian Open came to an end with an endurance contest between Nadal and Djokovic resulting in the longest finals match. Record-breaking crowds turned out for the two week event this year at Melbourne Park, with the attendance figures for Saturday 21 January 2012 being the biggest recorded… Read more »

MAJOR CASES LIST ON AGAIN

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) includes a categorised case list, one of which is the ‘planning and environment list’. As from 3 January 2012, there has re-commenced a Major Cases List at a sub-category of the above. It has been established to expedite the resolution of applications for review (‘appeals’) involving larger development… Read more »

WAVERLEY PARK

The re-development of the ex-VFL headquarters at Waverley Park in Melbourne, is well progressed. Football fans in particular who remember the venue would find it an ‘eye opener’ to visit now. The oval remains but houses have replaced stands; part of the grandstand remains but is now used for retail and commercial purposes; and the… Read more »

RULES RELAXED FOR BULKY GOODS RETAILERS IN VICTORIA

On the 19 January Amendment VC88 implemented changes to the Victorian Planning Provisions and planning schemes to relax the rules relevant to bulky goods retailing. The changes have broadened the definition of bulky goods and remove the floor space restrictions previously in place under the Industrial 1, Industrial 3, Business 3 and Business 4 zones…. Read more »

A VISIT TO THE LATEST REDEVELOPMENT AT DARLING HARBOUR

Following two years of construction the latest redevelopment at Darling Harbour, Darling Quarter was opened to the public in September 2011. The 68,000 square metres Darling Quarter project includes: • 58,000 square metres, of commercial office space; • 600 public and 200 private underground car spaces; • retail and leisure facilities; • new public open… Read more »

EUREKA TOWER

Have you noticed the spectacular Eureka Tower ‘shimmer’ on a sunny crisp morning? Look up and be impressed!