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 »

Old and Inappropriate Subdivision

Collie recently acted on behalf of five landowners in an ‘old and inappropriate’ subdivision’ in the west of Melbourne.  The advice centred around a review of lot ownership, areas and entitlements, in order to recommend a rationalisation of lots into less and more logical parcels. The purpose of the rationalisation was to enable nearly 100… Read more »

Bentleigh East Townhouses Approved

Collie recently assisted the client in obtaining town planning approval for the development of townhouses in Neil Court, Bentleigh East. Collie worked closely with the client in advising on the built form requirements in order to develop a proposal that would balance reasonable expectations with likely support from Glen Eira City Council.  This included advising… Read more »

highlands display village launch

Stockland launched its new Display Village (at Highlands, Craigieburn) last Saturday with the excellent turn-out not just being attributed to the good weather! Collie assisted in preparing the Display Village concept (shown below) and obtaining a planning permit for the village.                       The village opening… Read more »

Protecting residential rooftop solar systems

Collie previously reported about the new regulations to prevent overshadowing of solar panels and hot water systems. These regulations have now come into effect.  The new planning requirements apply as follows: All new buildings and works that require a planning permit in a residential zone or Commercial 1 Zone if an adjoining lot in a… Read more »

sustainable stockland

Congratulations to Stockland which has been recognised as the most sustainable real estate group in the world in the 2018-2019 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). This is the fifth time Stockland has held this honour.  The DJSI tracks the financial performance of the world’s leading sustainability-driven companies, providing asset managers with objective benchmarks to manage… Read more »

urbanisation and melbourne

Last Thursday Collie staff members attended a UDIA event on urbanisation and the future development trends in Melbourne.  Three guest speakers shared their thoughts on some of the challenges facing development in light of the unprecedented population growth Melbourne is experiencing.  They offered some possible solutions to address these challenges. All presenters agreed that more… Read more »

city square gone; train is coming

If you’ve been in the city recently you will have noticed that the City Square exists no longer.  In its place is a huge pit where major works are taking place for the new Metro Tunnel and the Town Hall Station which will have direct connections to Flinders Street Station. You can view the construction… Read more »

new planning controls

Macedon Ranges Statement of Planning Policy  Victoria’s most iconic natural areas will now have potential for greater recognition and development control, following the passage of the Distinctive Areas and Landscape Bill 2017. One of the first such areas to be the subject of the new Statements of Planning Policy (SPP), will be the Macedon Ranges…. Read more »

CEFC joins Mirvac to launch build-to-rent

You may have seen in the press recently that Mirvac has launched its ‘build-to-rent’ residential club by securing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) as its first investor. ‘Indigo’ will be located at Mirvac’s Pavilions project at Sydney Olympic Park. Build-to-rent is similar to the multi-family housing concept that is popular in the US and… Read more »