Month: July 2020

Opportunities for the Homeless

It appears that the COVID-19 pandemic may hold at least some silver lining for Victoria’s homeless.  Since March more than 2000 homeless Victorians have been accommodated in hotels during the pandemic.  This program has been extended to April 2021. The Victorian Government has announced recently a $150 million package that will cover the cost of… Read more »

Brand new Balenciaga

Collie would like to congratulate Balenciaga on the opening of its new store at 181 to 187 Collins Street, Melbourne.  Collie worked closely with the project architects (Arkhe Tekhne) in obtaining a planning permit for advertising signs and alterations to the façade of the building, which is affected by heritage controls. In obtaining planning approval,… Read more »

New Wetlands for Geelong’s Armstrong Creek Growth Area

The City of Greater Geelong has released recently a draft masterplan (see image below) for the Sparrovale Wetlands. The Sparrovale Wetlands is located in the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area (ACUGA), which is a major growth area to the south of Geelong. The project is of interest to Collie as we are providing town planning… Read more »

Approved Building Envelopes and Memorandum of Common Provisions

Collie continues to assist a number of clients in preparing Approved Building Envelope (ABE) plans for their residential subdivision developments located in the various growth corridors of Melbourne.  The ABE is the mechanism to vary the design parameters under Clause 54 of the Scheme and the Building Regulations 2018 that apply to the siting of… Read more »

Updates to the Small Lot Housing Code

The Victorian State Government recently gazetted changes to the Victorian Planning Provisions, through Amendment VC150, which replaces the existing Small Lot Housing Code (SLHC) with a new version of the code (SLHC November 2019). In revising the SLHC, Amendment VC150 sought to provide greater clarity on certain standards and definitions of the SLHC.  As part… Read more »