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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...

First home buyers and the property ladder

Climbing the property ladder – it is a term used to depict a consumer’s ability to enter the market on the first rung of affordability, climb the ladder over time through capital growth and finish at the top of the ladder in the ultimate luxurious and expensive property. Property is a long term game, slow and steady wins the race however with regards to the current economic climate, the property ladder for the majority of first home buyers is...

ROTHELOWMAN enters a new phase of expansion

The recent appointment of Stuart Marsland to the position of ROTHELOWMAN Principal coincides with a fresh wave of projects to be submitted to town planning over the coming months. Following eight years with the South Melbourne-based firm, Marsland has now assumed a pivotal role within the practice. In a climate of changing perceptions around higher density living, he has assisted ROTHELOWMAN in gaining a reputation for their expert delivery of...

Property Hotspots: Fashion or Affordability?

’The next property hot spot!’ is a real estate catchcry used to unveil a suburb in which there is a window of opportunity to purchase property prior to that suburb experiencing a rise in capital value. So where exactly is the next suburb ‘hot spot’ going to be? Do hot spots really exist and if they do what are the driving forces behind a particular suburb's growth in popularity? More often than not a hot spot is where an influx of population...

Better apartments for the future

By 2051 the number of households in greater Melbourne is projected to almost double from 1.59 million in 2011 to 3.11 million. We face a huge challenge to ensure there is sufficient housing to meet the needs of future households. Apartments are an important part of the housing mix. Since 2009, Melbourne has experienced successive years of record apartment approvals and development. For the first time there are more apartments being built than...

Profiling Planning & Property Partners

Urban Melbourne recently sat down for a chat with Mark Naughton (Founder and Managing Director) and Paul Little (Director) of Planning & Property Partners, in order to profile the practice and discuss their expanding workbook. The multi-disciplinary planning and environmental law firm recently came to prominence with the planning submission for a six tower scheme within Fishermans Bend on behalf a pool of owners. Located within Duckboard...

UDIA Forum - Apartment Design and Affordable Housing

Guidelines and standards for apartment design are being debated rigorously in the planning industry with the release in May by the State Government of the Better Apartments discussion paper. A panel of four industry experts engaged in a lively debate at a UDIA forum on July 9th. Christine Wyatt, Deputy Secretary of DELWP, introduced the topic and gave a brief overview of the process thus far. She encouraged everyone to get involved in the...

Three assumptions limiting Australian aged care design

The currently ingrained ‘business as usual’ approach to retirement living and residential aged care requires radical transformation to suit Australia’s ageing population. Approximately 12 per cent of Australia’s population are over the age of 65, a statistic that’s expected to increase to 16 per cent by 2030. The next generation of retirees - the baby boomers - are expected to be the wealthiest cohort of retirees the nation has seen yet. These...

Beller's 2015 Commercial Retail Research results are in

Beller Commercial recently completed their annual Commercial Retail Research, a matrix of Melbourne’s notable shopping strips which judges their performance over the last year. A unique initiative spearheaded by Beller Commercial Director, Fred Nucara, the Commercial Retail Research report is a detailed run down of the fluctuating fortunes of Melbourne’s famously fickle retail high streets and their performance. The information in the report is...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:00
First covered on Urban Melbourne just a tick over 3 years ago, Golden Age Group's Victoria One has achieved a significant milestone with head contractor Probuild topping out the core at a height of 271m AHD and in the process claiming the title of the tallest structure in the Melbourne CBD.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:00
Two important stories which traverse both transport and housing topic areas were highlighted on Urban Melbourne this week. The news that the medium and high-density components of Williams Landing will ramp up highlight what some might gloss over but what I think is the correct 'order' of doing things: the rail station is built first, developers then piggyback off the new infrastructure second.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:00
Two of City of Melbourne's key urban design initiatives are in the starters gates, with Lord Major Robert Doyle yesterday providing further information on the pair. As of next month, the long-awaited upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth Street will begin.