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 »

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 »