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 »

brunswick east townhouses approved

Collie recently assisted the client in obtaining town planning approval for the development of three townhouses in Donald Street, Brunswick East. Collie worked closely with Splinter Society Architects in advising on the built form requirements in order to develop a proposal that would be supported by Moreland City Council. After attending a pre-application meeting, Collie… Read more »

Postcard from Germany

Germany as with other parts of Europe, is extremely efficient with its land use with with the prevalence of vineyards, solar and wind farms being examples. What is surprising and also spectacular is that the location of vineyards do not preclude land with steep terrain and vineyards are often located right on the edge of… Read more »

Fly Me To….

Interesting reading in the recently released draft 2018 Masterplan for Melbourne Airport– submissions are being received until 8 October 2018.  This is the strategic document providing a blueprint for the Airport’s development over the next 20 years. Some facts and figures we noted include: Melbourne Airport has been operating in its current location for almost… Read more »

Highlands Approval

Collie recently assisted Stockland in obtaining town planning approval for a number of applications in ‘Highlands’ Craigieburn. The first approval was subdivision plan 11c (SP11c), which is located in the north-east of Highlands and will have a significant frontage to Mt Ridley Road, a major east-west arterial road and one of the main entries to… Read more »