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Parking versus no parking in new developments, a traffic engineer's view

Residential developments in modern cities are under pressure to meet competing demands between affordability, marketability, profit, policy and place making. These competing demands can put developers and decision makers at odds, which has been seen in the recent decisions concerning residential developments with and without car parking in inner Melbourne. I am commonly presented with a couple of scenarios when reviewing a new residential...

Government should re-assess the neighbourhood planning zones

It’s been just over two years since the Victorian Government’s controversial Neighbourhood Residential Zones were gazetted, which restricted new apartment development to certain ‘zones’ within each suburb, thus limiting development on side streets and other designated areas to single-lot dwellings. The planning amendment was one long fought for by the residents of some of Melbourne’s most affluent suburbs like those surrounding Marshall White’s...

Retirement is no barrier to apartment living

Ageing in place and housing shortage are the two biggest buzz words in property at the moment, with current reports suggesting that older generations are refusing to downsize, causing a shortage of housing for younger buyers. However, Marshall White Projects is in fact witnessing the opposite – now more than ever before we are seeing a substantial number of retirees buying up luxury apartments in order to fund their retirement lifestyle. In fact...

Getting to know Technè: profiling the dynamic design practice

Founded in 2002, Technè Architecture + Interior Design is a practice that has built an impressive portfolio across a broad section of project types. Although they have completed projects across hospitality, single and multi-residential, commercial, automotive and retail, they are probably best known for their work in hospitality on projects such as The Prahran Hotel, The Bridge Hotel, Terminus and Jimmy Grants. The name Technè comes from the...

Planning for a productive Chapel Street activity centre

Can vertical zoning save Chapel Street’s retail precinct? Stuart Marsland says no, but that’s okay. Responding to a downturn in retail activity along Melbourne’s famous Chapel Street, Stonnington Council will enforce ‘vertical zoning’ in new developments. Vertical zoning will lock developers into having the first three floors of new developments vacant for commercial use, unless they apply for a residential permit. While vertical zoning may...

Beller's Andrew Fawell on the Spring property market and prevailing trends

Urban Melbourne recently sat down with Beller Director, Andrew Fawell to discuss the state of play of the residential property market during spring. Andrew reignited the Beller name as the Director and Owner of the business in 1994 and set about growing and further developing the Beller brand. His insight and understanding of the property market and Beller's client base has seen the business develop into the multi-faceted inner-city real estate...

Planning: training to succeed

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As a profession, planners are highly qualified. Research by the (then) Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure* shows that almost all of us have a tertiary qualification and two thirds of us hold more than one. As professionals, we need to know a lot about a little and a little about a lot. Planning is a knowledge industry, but at times it can feel like there is a ‘disconnect’ between what we’ve learnt at university and the...

Government should re-assess Neighbourhood Planning Zones as changing market demographics demand reform

It’s been just over two years since the State Government’s controversial Neighbourhood Residential Zones were gazetted, which restricted new apartment development to certain ‘zones’ within each suburb, thus limiting development on side streets and other designated areas to single-lot dwellings. The planning amendment was one long fought for by the residents of some of Melbourne’s most affluent suburbs like those surrounding Marshall White’s four...

Colleen Peterson on amendment C262

The overnight implementation of amendment C262 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme last month, which reintroduced plot ratio restrictions into the CBD, took us all by surprise. For those of us who have been around long enough, the concept of plot ratios was a key feature of development in the Melbourne CBD in the 1990s. Their reintroduction is perhaps a spot of nostalgia for some of us. The introduction of the control was fast, swift and wide...

Why Australia’s growth areas depend on education

Australia’s rapidly growing population requires a smarter, more sustainable and community orientated approach to placemaking. The creation of new outer ring suburbs, particularly in Melbourne, has seen an influx of development to meet this demand, from housing estates to transport options and retail offerings. While new housing is required to cater for Melbourne’s rapidly growing population, what is often overlooked in this process is the need...

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Development & Planning

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:00
Prominent builder Hickory Group has added a third Melbourne project that will utilise the Hickory Building System (HBS). A proponent of prefabricated construction methods, Hickory Group's latest HBS-driven project will be Brisbane outfit Blue Sky Funds' 42-50 La Trobe Street.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.

Transport & Design

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).