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Learnings from VCAT decisions January 2019 – VCAT Reference: P552/2018

Learnings from VCAT decisions – VCAT Reference: P552/2018 Key themes: three storey development; garden character; access; overdevelopment Property Address: 41 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley What was being sought: Four (4) Dwellings Representing the developer: Mark Waldon – Director St – wise Pty Ltd What was the case about? Monash City Council had refused the application. […]

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What can we learn from Dubai?

What can we learn from Dubai? By Mark Waldon 35 years ago Dubai built its first high rise building – an unremarkable white building of around 20 storeys. It seems unfathomable now that the city boasts dozens of high rise buildings, many at the highest end of architectural excellence. The city also exhibits several of […]

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Planning for a Swelling Population

By Jacqueline Kirwan (town planner) Victoria’s population is growing by more than 2800 people per week, and Melbourne is on track to surpass 5 million by 2020. So what is Melbourne’s solution to accommodate the ever-increasing number of people hoping to find a new home? At the moment, much of the urban growth is being […]

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Town Planning & Neighbourhood Character

By Mark Waldon – Director St-wise Pty Ltd A crucial part of any planning assessment is considering how a new development responds to neighbourhood character. All Councils place an emphasis on new development fitting into the local character context. This includes the following considerations: Is the scale (size) of the development appropriate to surrounding buildings? […]

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Planning Zones Reforms

The State Government has recently announced certain zoning reforms that will lead to impacts on the design and development of medium density housing. Most of you will be aware that planning reforms made by the previous State government, with Matthew Guy as Planning Minister, had led to many areas of Melbourne having a development limit […]

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The Hundertwasser House

I found The Hundertwasser House truly amazing – a living art piece that is crying out live in me, live in me. As soon as I first saw this photo, I began to imagine the type of residents that occupied the building. Interesting people that loved life and had a creative flair. They own lots of books and […]

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Town Planning Today

Perhaps town planning is best summed up as follows: The organisation of land use and development within towns and/or cities. For the purpose of this article I will use the example of my home town – Melbourne Australia. It’s hard for us to imagine now, but prior to town planning towns and cities generally developed in […]

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Government Influence on Affordable Housing

Housing, for purchase or rental, is a top priority for everyone and is problematic for those who need help to get affordable housing.  Different countries have different methods for achieving the goal of affordable housing, but it is such a vast topic that we can only explore a few of the approaches in this article. […]

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Building Community Groups for Social Inclusion

We are all a part of a community; in fact we are a part of many communities, our neighborhood, our town, our county, our state and our nation.  Most everyone wants to participate and be integrated into these communities, but it is harder for some groups.  The elderly, the handicapped, the infirm, and even the […]

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Streets without Trees

There are almost no benefits of streets without trees, perhaps only that it is more difficult for criminals to hide from view.  Perhaps your houses might be a bit warmer in winter because of more direct sunlight, but on the other hand, trees are useful to break winter wind and therefore keep out the cold. […]

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