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November 14, 2018

Fast growing cities and spiralling unaffordability are making apartment living a more common way of life. However the housing market is largely creating standard apartment commodities, often geared to investors and whilst in Victoria the Better Apartment Standards have...

August 14, 2018

There is quiet revolution happening in Melbourne’s suburbs. More and more residents are looking for ways to actively participate in the design and delivery of their own homes. Whether it is millennials looking for a more affordable way of entering the housing market, o...

June 7, 2018

The Victorian Government has announced that three new Regional Parks will be delivered in Melbourne’s growth corridors: Werribee Township Regional Park, Kororoit Creek Regional Park and Clyde Regional Park.

The Clyde Regional Park will be adjacent to the future Clyde P...

June 5, 2018

Infrastructure Contributions for greenfield areas is about to change again. The Public Land Act, intended to come into effect on 2 July, will impact the preparation of new infrastructure contributions plans as well as a few already approved Infrastructure Contributions...

March 20, 2018

The Victorian State Government recently released its Housing development data report “Housing outcomes in established Melbourne 2005 to 2016” which provides data on housing densities achieved across metropolitan Melbourne. The Report concludes that there has been a hea...

May 5, 2017

The Victorian Government has introduced new garden area requirements to the General Residential Zone. These requirements apply to greenfield areas as well as established suburbs. For lots over 400 square metres, the garden area requirements must be met on any land in t...

March 14, 2017

The new Plan Melbourne was released on Saturday and it has delivered what it set out to do – a refreshed, long term planning strategy for Melbourne. The key themes from the 2014 Strategy remain intact (including the 20 minute neighbourhood, urban renewal precincts and...

October 27, 2016

The Ministerial Direction in relation to the new ICP system has been released today. It sets standard levies for greenfield locations as well as setting out the allowable items and content of the ICPs, A few things of note:

  • There are different rates for the south ea...

September 21, 2016

Research in the US is considering the real cost of the requirement to widen roads for new development. The policy and thinking by planners and engineers is that development creates car trips that must be accommodated with more asphalt. This occurs even when traffic num...

August 1, 2016

1. Quality trumps Quantity

The Standards do not stipulate minimum apartment size but outline a series of design approaches relating to: 

  • Room depths based on orientation, single/double aspect, and the arrangement of rooms.

  • Building setbacks, both from the street...

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