A Developers right to ‘a fair go’

Tuesday saw an interesting development in the planning world, with the Minister for Planning introducing a new interim Design and Development Overlay (DDO) into the Yarra Planning Scheme without any opportunity for public comment. Background We understand that in 2008, Yarra City Council (Council) commenced structure planning of an area of land in Fitzroy North… Read more »


The Minister for Planning has announced proposed residential zone reforms following the Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee report release. The reforms are summarised in his Reformed Residential Zones booklet and in particular in the following extracted tables. The other main change not included in the tables is the removal of the two-dwelling cap in neighbourhood… Read more »

Greater Geelong Amendment C301

Collie is pleased to note the approval of Amendment C301 to the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme, which facilitates the future urban development of the Armstrong Creek South Precinct. The Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area (ACUGA) is the primary growth area in the Geelong, Golden Plains, Surf Coast and Colac Otway region.  The ACUGA is expected… Read more »

Berluti, Collins Street, Melbourne

Collie has been assisting luxury international retail brand, Berluti in obtaining the relevant approval for its new store in Collins Street, Melbourne.  The store is within the Collins East Precinct which is known as the ‘Paris’ end of Collins Street with a strong presence of luxury Australian and international retail brands. A planning permit application… Read more »

Office and education Centre in Eltham

Guest Building Group has obtained a permit recently for office, education centre, warehouse and trade supplies, in Bolton Street, Eltham. Collie worked closely with Guest Building Group to advise on the plan requirements and to prepare the planning permit application.

Spending GAIC Funds

The first UDIA industry lunch of the year was well attended.  Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, who is responsible for two portfolios (Suburban Development and Energy, Environment and Climate Change), was the guest speaker. Other than a few awards that were presented for Environmentally Sustainable Developments, the focus of the presentation centered on her Suburban Development portfolio… Read more »


“We need a definition for affordable housing” said at least two panel members at the UDIA / Community Housing Federation forum (‘Delivering Affordable Housing’) on Wednesday 1 February 2017 in Melbourne. So, after many years of concern and discussion on this topic of ever increasing importance, we are told we need a definition – round… Read more »

New Victorian Departments and Authorities

Some recent Victorian Government announcements on changes to departments and Authorities are summarised below. Land Use Victoria within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has been established within the Local Infrastructure Group and incorporating existing land administration and spatial mapping functions. A new statutory authority, Development Victoria will incorporate the property development… Read more »

Final Better Apartment Standards… Finally!

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has released the long awaited final Better Apartment Design Standards.  The release ends a long process of drafts and consultation periods, which began following the release of the Better Apartments discussion paper in May 2015.  It is expected that these standards will be gazetted into the Victorian Planning Scheme in March… Read more »


The Collie office will be closed for the the Christmas and New Year break From Monday 26 December 2016 until Friday 13 January 2017. 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 consult@colliepl.com.au to… Read more »