Changes To Frankston Contributions Proposed

Frankston Council are currently exhibiting a planning scheme amendment (C127) to introduce specified public open space contribution rates for the municipality. You can read more about the proposal here. A public open space contribution is required to be paid to the Council for any non-exempt subdivisions. The contribution is either a percentage of the site … Read more

Protecting Solar Panels From Overshadowing

Late last year a new planning control was introduced into planning schemes to provide protection for existing residential solar panels. New developments in or abutting residential areas are now required to consider any overshadowing impacts they may have on adjoining solar panels. Guidelines for Decision on Solar Panel Impacts To assist with this consideration the … Read more

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