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  • ––As a result of reformed residential zones, Council’s are preparing housing strategies to guide future development. Knox City Council, Whitehorse City Council and Monash City Read more...

  • Development Levies in Bayside

     

    Amendment C139 to the Bayside Planning Scheme proposes to introduce a Drainage Development Contributions Plan (DCP) which will require developers to pay a levy which would be utilised for contributing toward the cost of upgrading…


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  • Metropolitan Planning Levy

     

    From 1st July 2015 new provisions in the Planning and Environment Act require a levy for planning permit applications, for developments valued at over $1 million dollars.  This applies to metropolitan council areas only (not…


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  • DPCD Design Case Studies recognises Williamstown Junction

     

    The Department of Planning and Community Development has recognised Williamstown Junction, Newport, designed by Millar Merrigan, as a residential development that illustrates specific design solutions in established areas and has included it within their Design…


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  • New Stormwater Offset Rates

     

    Melbourne Water have provided advice that they are increasing the Stormwater Offset Rate in line with sustainable pricing principles to better reflect expected future costs. The increase is supported by the Office of Living Victoria,…


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  • Important Changes to the BMO

     

    On Wednesday 28 May the Planning Minister outlined a number of changes to the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) that aims to provide a fairer system. Key features of the reforms include: Allowing private bushfire bunkers…


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  • LDRZ in Yarra Ranges

     

    Yarra Ranges Council are giving residents the opportunity to have their say on changes to the Low Density Residential Zone (LDRZ) subdivision provisions. Should the minimum subdivision size be reduced from 4000sqm to 2000sqm when…


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  • Reforms to Local Infrastructure Contributions

     

    Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy announced on 1 May 2014 a new approach to developer contributions. The new system will provide certainty and clarity to developers on what they will be charged to fund local…


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  • Reformed Rural Zones Released

     

    Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced final details on the reform of Victoria’s rural planning zones.  The reforms are aimed at ensuring that the controls are still relevant and can adequately reflect the aspirations of…


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