New Land in the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area

Collie is pleased to have assisted the client recently with town planning investigations as part of its due diligence for the acquisition of land located within the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area and approximately 6 kilometres to the south of the Geelong CBD.  As part of our role, we provided detailed town planning advice including… Read more »

Burleigh Heads Warehousing and Distribution Centre

Collie recently assisted a client in providing town planning advice in relation to a site in Burleigh Heads, Queensland.  The town planning assistance was to provide due diligence planning advice on the potential for the client to operate a warehouse wholesale distribution centre at the site. As part of the services, Collie reviewed the relevant… Read more »

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 »

get on your bike – update

Collie advised recently on Melbourne City Council-announced new proposals for additional bike paths to increase safety and convenience for cyclists and other road users in response to expected cycling growth during (and perhaps after) the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then additional news has been released by the Council on a timeline for the expected new works…. Read more »

in the grove

Collie recently inspected the progress of The Grove development, in Tarneit.  As part of our town planning services, Collie assisted the client in obtaining planning permits for three separate subdivision areas that comprise The Grove development.  Once completed, The Grove will include over 2,500 lots, a town centre, primary school, secondary school, community facilities, sporting… Read more »

New park for Seafarers Rest

he wharf situated at Seafarers Rest at the western end of Flinders Street, next to the historic Mission to Seafarers building is about to be revamped into an exciting new green space in collaboration with the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government. The 3,500 square metre park will be located on the north bank… Read more »