Reformed Residential Zones – Review and Analysis

Reformed Residential Zones – Review and Analysis

Monday 27th March 2017 saw the gazettal of the altered residential zones in Victoria, via Amendment VC110. The amendment primarily affects the General Residential Zone (GRZ) and Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ), with minor changes to the Residential Growth Zone...
Why apartments are failing the heat stress test?

Why apartments are failing the heat stress test?

Chris Jensen If a heatwave hit Melbourne and the power blacked out, most apartment buildings would bake, with indoor temperatures exceeding international health standards, according to a new analysis that calls for Australia to adopt standards to protect occupants...
Planning Melbourne – A Shift in Thinking

Planning Melbourne – A Shift in Thinking

Plan Melbourne, it’s ‘Refresh’ and State & Local Policy in all planning schemes reference and support sustainability / sustainable development. The principle legislation embeds this position in the objectives for planning in Victoria: to provide...
Greater density or urban sprawl – solving the housing challenge

Greater density or urban sprawl – solving the housing challenge

Nerida Conisbee: Melbourne is well-suited to urban sprawl; it’s flat, easy to build on and lacks geographic boundaries like waterways and cliffs that force other cities into higher densities. It’s possible to continue building low-density housing out as far as Geelong...
Exploring recently built ‘Green Star’ buildings in Melbourne

Exploring recently built ‘Green Star’ buildings in Melbourne

I recently joined an inspection of two certified ‘Green Star’ buildings in the heart of Melbourne CBD: EPA Victoria at 200 Victoria Street, Carlton and 567 Collins Street, Melbourne. This outing was facilitated by Rob Catchlove of Wave Consulting. Environmentally...
VCAT Turns On Its Heels – Red Dot Car Parking Reduction Brunswick

VCAT Turns On Its Heels – Red Dot Car Parking Reduction Brunswick

On 15 December 2015 the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) handed down a very important decision [Vincent Corporation Pty Ltd v Moreland CC (Includes Summary) (Red Dot) (ag 151215)] regarding the reduction of on-site car parking to zero in a major...