Month: August 2019

not like pulling teeth

A well documented (plans) planning permit application in Kensington has run fairly smoothly through the Melbourne City Council planning process. A planning permit was granted for an extension to an existing dental centre under a heritage overlay and located in an activity centre in Macaulay Road, Kensington.  The two level development will house the expanded… Read more »

better apartments inside and out

The Victorian State Government recently released the ‘Better Apartments in Neighbourhoods Discussion Paper 2019‘ which seeks to improve the amenity impacts that new apartment developments may have on the surrounding area. The Discussion Paper builds on the ‘internal’ apartment design guidelines introduced by the State Government in 2017 through the ‘Better Apartment Design Standards‘. The… Read more »

AMX to the MAX

Collie recently assisted the client in providing town planning advice in relation to two sites in Victoria, and two in New South Wales, focusing on the potential for the client to operate its AMX auto accessories store at the site. As part of its advice Collie reviewed the relevant planning controls and advised whether or… Read more »

parklife in shadow

Sunlight in winter is imperative to our health and wellbeing.  Melbournians, especially those living in high-rise residential areas may not be getting enough Vitamin D in their diet.   Amendment C278 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme is designed to redress the issue. The City of Melbourne consulted with the community and found that sunlight in parks… Read more »

sda for knox

Collie recently provided town planning services for a Specialist Disability Accommodation development in Knox, which will comprise accommodation for twenty residents plus carers. SDA accommodation is funded typically under the National Disability Insurance Scheme and provides accessible accommodation for residents who have either extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.        … Read more »