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 the zero car parking proposed. The development included 12 apartments and an office, along with zero on-site car parking. In this case the Tribunal over-turned Council's decision and decided that a pe

The State Government have recently announced plans to form a new committee to oversee an overhaul of planning policy along the Yarra River. The proposed policy will apply to a 240 Kilometre stretch along the river between Richmond and Warrandyte. According to The Minister for Planning the new Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee will facilitate consultation and draft the new Yarra River Protection Act, which aims for long-term and consistent protection of the river. Consultation on the new State Planning Policy will commence in early 2016 and will include local reside

In a press release dated 3 June 2015, Lisa Neville MP Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water announced that the Labour Government would fulfil their election commitment to integrate the coastal and marine environments. That announcement also included the appointment of an expert panel to progress the legislation, with Associate Professor Geoff Wescott of Deakin University chair of the panel. During a recent interview with 3RRR's Radio Marinara show, Assoc. Prof. Wescott provided some insight into the proposed legislation; a Victorian Marine & Coastal Act. Prior to

Environmentally Sustainable Design or ESD as it is referred to in the industry is an important element of town planning which is becoming more prevalent at permit application stage. ESD seeks to achieve the most sustainable building design possible through reduced embodied energy, stormwater management, passive design  and reduced energy loading, amongst other techniques. Within the Melbourne urban area there are many Council's such as Stonnington, Yarra, Port Phillip and Moreland which are leading the way with regard to ESD measures required during the planning stage. These Council's

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 is predominately applied during the planning permit or sub-division process. According to Moreland Council the DCP will be used to fund essential infrastructure including: •Roads •Drainage

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 been a significant update of the central city planning rules since 1999, and it is our duty and obligation to bring plans in line with our evolving CBD." The interim policy will be replaced followi

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