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High Density developments

Could apartments be built on a Res3 zoned property?

In Manningham Council much of the residential areas ( away from activity centres,) is zoned “Residential 3” often referred to as Res3. There recently was a site up for sale and the locals were concerned that a developer might buy it for apartments, fortunately the answer from Manningham planning was that apartments would not be […]

Height, Storeys and setbacks across different Councils.

Manningham Council have repeatedly told the community during the DD08 high density zone review, that only height can be effectively used to define developments, and that “Storeys” was un-manageable as a definition. How ever when you compare how othe Melbourne Councils manage their developments, they do use both Height and Storeys in thier definitions.  attached […]

It’s not just suburbs with an Apartment Frenzy

This article in the Age shows how rapid development i any location can affect an area in many ways. City apartment ‘frenzy’ A ”FRENZY” of apartment towers granted planning permission in one corner of Melbourne’s CBD could squeeze thousands of new residents into four city blocks and change the character of the city. The proposed […]

How could the new C96 High density rules translate to real life ?

The Planning Panel said the council should test the new  rules to see what outcomes might be… There are already examples from recent times… Some possible outcomes of the C96 changes if they get passed : The 51-53 Talford St case is a good example of how the new DDO8 will be interpreted & used […]

Market Risk – Off The Plan

There are Significant Risk factors,  especially in a falling market or during a glut of unsold apartments in outer suburbia… Market Risk – Let’s assume you paid the right amount to begin with and, when the property is complete, the market has dropped 15 per cent. The bank will only lend on the property’s value […]

Are apartments going ahead in DD08 Zone?

With all the Manningham councils push for apartments in these DD08 high density zones, are they actually getting built? A check of Building Permits issued in 2012 for 10 or more units for properties within precincts A & B of DD08 was recently conducted, there were four. We were unable to ascertain how many were […]

Manningham Apartment Growth and Ongoing Value

Just keeping an eye on how the apartments and houses are traveling in Manningham – follow the link below for the latest, and check your own suburb. Approved developments in DDO8 usually require a large number of units presold, before building can begin.. Excerpt below from the attached data is hardly encouraging for apartment investors.

Eastern Golf Course Residential Redevelopment Amendment C101

Susie has been monitoring this one for us,  there’s going to be a lot of traffic on it soon You can see from the extensive list of changes below that the councilors are challenging the planning departments reports… A very good thing we think. At the Council meeting on 27 August 2013, a report recommending […]

Adverse Possession – Old surveyors were not perfect

Recently a friend of mine told me of a battle beig fought over a several inches of soil between two neighbors. One building a new house was told by the builders that the fence was in the wrong place, and had to be moved a foot over to match the plans.  It turns out each […]

OVERDEVELOPMENT STILL POSSIBLE ON SMALLER SITES – after C96

How safe do you think side streets are from over development? Manningham Council’s decision not to insert a condition prescribing a limit of two storey development on smaller sites, in the revised table 1 to schedule 8 document, has created a great deal of uncertainty. Whilst the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) has indicated that “high […]