BRUNSWICK STRUCTURE PLAN AND AMENDMENT C105 TO THE MORELAND PLANNING SCHEME

Amendment C105 to the Moreland Planning Scheme was gazetted on 23 September 2010. Amendment C105 applies, through the use of a Design and Development Overlay, interim height limits to the Brunswick Major Activity Centre around Sydney Road and Lygon Streets. But is this the right way to go to encourage development in our activity centres?… Read more »

HIGHLANDS

Collie has had and continues to have a key role in Stockland’s ‘Highlands’ – a 760 hectares new community development in Craigieburn on the northem edge of metropolitan Melbourne. Located just off the Hume Highway at Craigieburn, approximately 10 kilometres north east of the Melbourne International Airport and 3 kilometres west of the Craigieburn Train… Read more »

POSTCARD FROM FIJI…BULA

Holiday destinations do not get much more paradisaical than Fiji however, it is perhaps the country’s warmth – both climatically and through the Fijian population – that factors most in ones enjoyment of the country. Having had the opportunity to spend some time in Fiji recently exploring the main island, Viti Levu, alongside a few… Read more »

DEVELOPMENT PLAN APPROVED FOR FORMER KODAK SITE, COBURG

  The Department of Planning and Community Development recently approved a development plan for the former Kodak Australasia site in Coburg. On 21 July 2010 the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) endorsed a Development Plan for 173-199 Elizabeth Street, Coburg (the site). The approval of the development plan is a significant milestone in… Read more »

2009 VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES ROYAL COMMISSION

The Bushfires Royal Commission Final Report includes 67 recommendations under various headings.   The recommendations canvass a wide range of issues and are indicative of the breadth of analysis completed by the Commissioners. It is interesting that 19 of the recommendations deal with Planning and Building issues. They range from amendments to the Victoria Planning… Read more »

GROWTH AREAS INFRASTRUCTURE CONTRIBUTION (GAIC)

On 29 July 2010 the Legislative Council of the Victorian Parliament passed the amendment (VC68) to expand Melbourne’s urban growth boundary allowing 43,600 additional hectares to be brought into metropolitan Melbourne. To support the additional expansion of the urban growth boundary the Planning and Environment Amendment (Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution) Act 2010 came into operation… Read more »

ARMSTRONG CREEK EAST PRECINCT STRUCTURE PLAN

Geelong growth in recent years has resulted in a critical shortage of land available for urban development – about only eighteen months supply of residential lots exist… The Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area (ACUGA) offers the lifeline, for the immediate demand for expansion land for greater Geelong. The ACUGA has been recognized and planned by… Read more »

DETROIT: A NEW PLANNING DIMENSION

  Tired of Detroit’s status as the symbol of everything wrong with urban America, its new mayor has come up with a radical solution: to bulldoze the City. Click here to read more.

WELCOME TO AAMI PARK

Victoria’s burgeoning rugby and football codes (real football!) have long awaited a dedicated stadium to accommodate elite level crowds in a way that provides the intimate viewing experience afforded by purpose built venues. AAMI Park provides the missing link in Melbourne’s sporting infrastructure for a medium sized rectangular pitch stadium. Built on Edwin Flack field… Read more »

DID YOU KNOW? WORLD CUP

The highest attendance at a World Cup match was 199,854 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janerio for the 1950 decider between Uraguay and Brazil. Brazil is the only country to have appeared in all 19 finals tournaments from 1930 to 2010…and it has automatically qualified for the 2014 tournament as hosts.