Urban Development in a Bushfire Management Overlay

There have been a number of changes to the Bushfire Management Overlay and Clause 52.47 (Planning For Bushfire), particularly in relation to applications in established urban areas.  Recently I had an application in Seaford (Frankston City Council) that allowed me to experience what the recent changes mean in a practical sense. The first thing I … Read more

Bayside Planning Scheme Amendment

Bayside City Council are looking to introduce a major change to their residential planning controls. Amendment C140 has been prepared and is currently on exhibition. In particular the Amendment seeks to make changes to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone as follows: A minimum lot size of 400m2 for subdivision Increase in the amount of private open … Read more

Going to VCAT

Several people have asked me about lodging an application with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) recently so I thought I would some information on it from the perspective of the planning applicant. Three common types of applications are: Review a Council Refusal Review conditions placed on a Notice of Decision or Planning Permit … Read more

Successful New Residential Zone for Client in Moreland Council

As part of the residential zone amendment process at Moreland Council we put forward a submission to revise the Council’s original Neighbourhood Character Zone to a Residential Growth Zone for a client’s property in Pascoe Vale.  We argued that the residential site was well placed for higher density housing given its location on the periphery of a shopping … Read more

VCAT Decision Limits Scope for Decisions

A recent VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) decision has confirmed the limit of issues to be considered when making a decision on some types of planning applications. In determining a recent appeal, the Tribunal member first ascertained the scope of issues that could be considered.  The Tribunal member considered several relevant cases, including one from the … Read more

Moorabin Activity Centre Zone

The area around and within the Moorabin shopping centre and train station has been recently rezoned to the Activity Centre Zone.   The rezoning follows extensive strategic work undertaken by Kingston City Council over several years.  The new zone is expected to facilitate increased housing and retail opportunities with the area and will unlock 8 … Read more

Bayside City Council have been seeking Amendments

Recently the Bayside City Council have been seeking Amendments to three activity centres to introduce mandatory height limits. The amendments and public submissions received have been reviewed by an independent Panel and the Panel Report has just been released. The three activity centres are: Sandringham Village; Bay Street, Brighton; Church Street, Brighton. In considering the … Read more