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** Update: The new planning fees have now been introduced and came into affect on the 13th October 2016.  More details are available here ** The State Government has been reviewing the Planning and Subdivision Fees that are payable when lodging a planning or subdivision application....

I recently attended a short course which looked at the complex area of  existing use rights.  Below I will discuss some of the learnings from the day. The basis for existing use rights came about from common law and it is based on the principle that...

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...

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...

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...