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High Density developments

Subterranean Apartments

We have a collection of photos below showing how developers are increasing apartment density by sinking apartments underground! The photos below are of an apartment complex corner of Berkley and Tower Streets in Doncaster adjacent to the Westfield Shopping Centre. Sunken living areas have been a measure employed to conceal the true height of a building […]

Will Suburbia Apartment Vacancies saw like the CBD?

The Age painted a dim picture with their article below December 17th. It begs the question, will the same occur in places like Doncaster where both high rise and Medium density apartments are being build en-mass. Talking to the developers you get mixed stories, some say it all sells, others research shows entry level products […]

Construction Noise – when is it allowed?

If you are living next to or close to a construction, there are rules to when they can make noise such as power tools or machinery. Allowed operating hours are Monday – Friday 7.00 am – 8.00 pm and Weekends and Public Holidays are 9.00 am to 8.00 pm. If they start before these times […]

Living through a Development – Boring

If there is a development going up close by, the utilities might have to run in some bigger pipes and power, if this goes underground, then they might just get BORING. Instead of digging up the entire street, they might dig occasional big holes, and drill or “Bore” in between. this way they only mess […]

Big Building Approved next door what can you do now? Start Growing

Well if VCAT and Council say  it is definately going ahead, what can you do? 1. Move out     2. Build a wall      3. Make the most of the time and start growing.    4. Open a multi-storey car parking complex in your street. 3. Start Growing So if you have decided to stay, and plan on […]

Optimal Supermarket size for Jackson Court

As previously discussed there is a proposal to rezone Michel St Doncaster East, along side Jackson Court to allow a five story building comprising Supermarket, Residences, and Reception Centre. this would meen a huge building immediately adjancent to existing homes – up to 19 meters high is proposed, where it is currently 11 meters maximum, […]

Jackson Court Mitchell St Proposal Info night

Some updates  from Graham around the Mitchell St / Jackson court Supermarket, and residential development information night. The development  requires a Planning Zone change to achieve the height & design of the project . Five Levels – 19 meters, with town houses & homes adjoining on the west side See Map image At tonight’s info […]

VCAT sides with Residents and Refuses Drastically Changed Plans

This is good news from Whitehorse Council, where VCAT agrees with Residents. via Mary Drost – Marvelous Melbourne THE WHITEHORSE COUNCIL AND WERA JOINED FORCES TO REFUSE TO AGREE TO AMENDED PLANS GOING TO VCAT  AND DEPUTY PRESIDENT HELEN GIBSON AGREED AND SO THE APPLICATION HAS GONE BACK TO COUNCIL.     This is what we have […]

Demolition Kills Auction

What do you get when you try to sell opposite a large development? ZERO Bids! There is a lovely town house in Curlew court Doncaster Opposite the current demolition works for 30 appartments. Well the auctioneer tried hard, but only got two bids from the sixteen groups of onlookers – and both bids were the […]

Boundary Set Backs and Underpinning when too close

Following from the recent notice to a neighbor of works protruding into his property “Underpinning” Here are the ResCode guide, and the boundary in question, as well as the council’s response to our three questions – which itself will have to be clarified… 1. Does a developer have any right to insist access a neighbour’s […]