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 »

Seasons Greetings from all at Collie

The Collie office will be closed for the Christmas and New Year break from midday on Friday 21 December 2018 until Tuesday 8 January 2019. Certain staff may be in the office during this period and if so they can be contacted via email or mobile phone.  If the matter is urgent please email to ensure… Read more »

VCAT approves mixed-use development in Healesville

Collie recently provided expert town planning evidence at a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) application for review for a mixed-use development at 165 Maroondah Highway, Healesville. The proposal which sought approval for a four-storey apartment building with ground floor retail spaces, was refused by Yarra Ranges Council.  Following the application for review of the… Read more »

housing supply and demand

Two recent events (Property Council breakfast on greenfield subdivision; UDIA breakfast on apartments) were, not surprisingly when you think / read about it, on the same wavelength on supply and demand questions. Our take on both presentations is that assuming there are no significant changes in migration and tax policies affecting property: demand is likely… Read more »

wynne win for planning

Collie would like to congratulate Richard Wynne, who after re-election in the recent Victorian State election, was announced today as retaining his cabinet position as the Minister for Planning. In addition to retaining his position as the Minster for Planning, he has also taken on the additional cabinet roles as Minster for Housing and Minister… Read more »

cartier christmas

In a minor but unusual one, Collie recently assisted Cartier with town planning advice in relation to proposed temporary Christmas decorations on the façade of their Collins Street store.  Collie investigated whether the temporary decorations required a planning permit, which proved to be more complex than one might think. As you can see from the… Read more »

eastside extension

Collie recently assisted Stockland in obtaining planning approval for 35 double-storey townhouses in Highlands, Craigieburn.  The development which is located to the west of Aitken Boulevard is effectively an extension to ‘Eastside’, a 198-dwelling development which is under construction and directly adjoins the 35 townhouses to the north. The townhouses will be well serviced with… Read more »

an apple a day…

The building of a global Apple flagship store in Federation Square has been shrouded in secrecy and controversy. There has been a public backlash about using a public space for a retail outlet. The design of the building has also come under scrutiny.  The original design was dubbed by a source a ‘Pizza Hut pagoda’. … Read more »