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 15 December 2015 the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) handed down a very important decision [Vincent Corporation Pty Ltd v Moreland CC (Includes Summary) (Red Dot) (ag 151215)] regarding the reduction of on-site car parking to zero in a major activity centre. The case considered a proposal to construct a five storey building previously refused by Council partly due to

On September 10 2015 the Planning Minister approved Moreland City Council's Development Contribution Plan Overlay. The Development Contribution Plan (DCP) covers the entire municipality, with different rates applied to the various suburbs. This new levy is applied developments proposing to increase the number of dwellings on a site or increase leasable commercial or industrial floor area and i