New Housing Rules For Kingston Council

Kingston City Council are currently undergoing a consultation process as part of developing the new housing and planning rules for the municipality. More details on the draft strategies and the drop in sessions can be found here. Following initial research and consultation, the Kingston Council have prepared a draft Housing Strategy and Neighbourhood Character Study. … Read more

Knox Business Planning Scheme Amendment

Recently someone came to us concerned that a new planning scheme amendment at Knox Council would have implications for some types of businesses such as gyms and leisure uses from being approved in the future, so I thought I would do some investigating. The Facts About The Amendment The Minister approved the Planning Scheme Amendment … 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

Casey Council Seeking to Update Their Housing Policy

This Amendment is seeking to implement the Housing Strategy, specifically to differentiate the preferred location, diversity and built form of housing in the established areas of the municipality. The Housing Strategy identifies substantial, incremental and minimal change areas. The Amendment C198 seeks to implement the Housing Strategy as follows: Higher density housing is encouraged in … Read more

Proposed Public and Shared Housing Reforms

** Update: The State Government Planning Scheme Amendment has recently been approved.  The changes that have been introduced into the planning schemes include: Use of a property for community care accommodation and rooming houses is now exempt from needing a planning permit under residential and commercial zones, when certain criteria are met. Development of a rooming … 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

Changes to Planning to Support Home Businesses

Earlier this year the State Government introduced an amendment to update and streamline parts of planning.  As part of that the particular provision that provides controls for Home Occupations was updated.  These changes have been introduced to support small businesses and provide greater flexibility for the growing home business sector. Businesses operated within the home … Read more