Car Parking For Planning Applications

Car parking is a common issue for many planning application. For many projects a car parking reduction is required and must be supported by the Council. For some applications there may also be objections raised about car parking concerns from surrounding residents. While a reduction or waiver of the parking requirements can often be justified … Read more

Parking Overlay Introduced To Frankston Activity Centre

A Parking Overlay (PO) has just been introduced into the Frankston Planning Scheme.  This Overlay has been created to provide improved guidance on car parking provision within and around the activity centre.  The Parking Overlay introduces lower minimum rates as well as a financial contribution scheme for car parking waivers.  The funds collected from car … Read more

Bushfire Management Overlay Explained

  What Is A Bushfire Management Overlay? A Bushfire Management Overlay or BMO is an Overlay that identifies an area where there is a bushfire hazard.  The purpose of the BMO is to ensure that future development is only permitted where the risk to life and property can be effectively reduced and to ensure that … Read more

Planning Schemes Get a Facelift

The Victorian Planning Provisions has just seen its biggest change since the changes to residential zones a couple of years ago.   The changes have taken most of August to implement online, but the website is fully operational now and we have delved in to explore some of the major changes. This Planning Scheme Amendment has … Read more

Garden Area Requirements are Mandatory

People often ask me about the new Garden Area Requirements, and what the implications for their development will be.   The new Garden Area Requirements were discussed by me when they were first introduced last year in this blog post.  They have recently been amended so I thought it was time to include an update! Amendment … Read more

Refusal Again for Bayside Council

The Minister for Planning has refused three of Bayside Council’s recent planning scheme amendments. Amendments C113, C114 and C115 were proposing to introduce mandatory maximum height controls within the Sandringham, Church Street and Bay Street activity centres. In January 2015 the Planning Panel appointed to consider all submissions on the Amendments recommended that the Amendments … Read more