With the annual Stormwater Victoria Conference held at Lorne last week, it is a good time to look at Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) or Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) as it is referred to in Europe. WSUD is becoming an integral part of the development process in Melbourne's inner and middle ring municipalities and is described as the integration of urban planning with the managem

On Saturday 5 September 2015, the Planning Minister Richard Wynne announced new regulations for high rise development in Melbourne's CBD. An interim policy is in place for the next 12 months which will regulate height and plot ratios, with an emphasis on increased open space areas as a trade off for an increase in floors. The Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has said that "there hasn’t