ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO REVIEW PLANNING SYSTEM IN VICTORIA

The Minister for Planning has established an Advisory Committee to review the planning system in Victoria. A call for submissions has been made. The Advisory Committee is to consider the whole planning system including the provisions of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and how it works; the State and local policy provisions; the operation… Read more »

LOTS UNDER 300 SQUARE METRES NO PERMIT IF CODE MET

Minister for Planning announced on 14 July 2011 that in new (not yet approved) Precinct Structure Plans provisions will be included that will remove the need for planning permits for lots under 300 square metres provided there is compliance with new Growth Areas Small Lot Housing Code. The code and provisions will not be mandatory…. Read more »

PUBLIC OPEN SPACE AND RETAIL DEVELOPMENT

In a recent VCAT case, where a Collie staff member gave expert evidence, there was an interesting issue of public open space required as ‘cash-in-lieu’ but with no intention of meeting demand to serve users of the proposed development. If you know the area on the Princes Highway around Westall Road in Springvale in Melbourne,… Read more »

SAN REMO EXPANSION

The future expansion of the township of San Remo, at the entrance point to Phillip Island, was the subject of a panel hearing in March.  Amendment C103 to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme had proposed the easterly extension of San Remo linking, for those who know the area, the existing urban area with the Silver… Read more »

VCAT APPROVES TWO STOREY DEVELOPMENT IN COURT

Collie recently represented a client who proposed the development of three two-storey houses in a court in Doncaster East, replacing an existing 1960s style single storey house.  The application had attracted a number of objections from residents within the court as well as from the rear of the property.  Despite those objections, Manningham City Council… Read more »

DID YOU KNOW?

The National Gallery of Victoria has the world’s largest stained glass ceiling – 51 metres (167.3 feet) long by 15 metres (49.2 feet) wide.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Collie is always looking for people with skills and / or experience in the fields of strategic planning, development planning, urban design and landscape architecture.  For further information or to submit your curriculum-vitae which will be treated in the strictest confidence, please contact Collie on jobs@colliepl.com.au

NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT AMENITY GUIDELINES FOR LICENCED PREMISES

In 2008 Collie produced a set of design guidelines for safer licensed premises in the Melbourne inner city, on behalf of the Department of Justice Victoria and subsequent to this Collie has been approached (late 2010) by the Department of Justice Northern Territory to draft amenity guidelines for licensed premises in the Northern Territory. The… Read more »

SHAKESPHERE GROVE, ST KILDA

With the significant changes in the property market over the past couple of years, Collie is finding it common for developers to seek changes to the use mix of approved developments, and in particular the conversion of small office spaces into apartments. One recent example of this was a site in Shakespeare Grove, St Kilda…. Read more »

TREE PROJECT

TreeProject is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to revegetating the Victorian landscape with indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses. The project works by recruiting volunteer growers from Melbourne and other regional centres to propagate and grow indigenous seedlings on behalf of farmers, land care groups and other organisations. Volunteer growers are provided with a ‘growing kit’… Read more »