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VCAT SAY MANDATORY RULES ARE DISCRETIONARY

MANNINGHAM MUST MAKE PLANNING SCHEDULES MORE VCAT PROOF. Here is another example of where a Vcat member has upheld a developer appeal by overruling a council decision to reject a three storey townhouse proposal, at 88 Whittens Lane, Doncaster, despite it not conforming to the mandatory provisions (cannot be varied with a permit) of the […]

SOS Poll Victorian Planning in ‘crisis’ – election candidates and community agree

Our RAIDID group are one of many,  many,  around the country, monitoring and challenging local governments on Planning and Amenity issues. Save Our Suburbs (S.O.S,) is doing the Same, but at a State level – challenging the machine that is State Politics, VCAT, and other bodies that impact Amenity. SOS have just released their initial findings […]

Tribunal tension – coming to a suburb near you

This article from the Age rings so many bells with those of us who have been to VCAT ( The Victorian Civil &  Administrative Tribunal.) You really don’t want to end up there and it rarely has much in the Residents favor, but if you don’t try you can only loose. ( Try to resolve early at […]

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 […]

VCAT Special Permision to Record Hearing

Further to our article last week discussion how VCAT public hearings are recorded by VCAT but not shared, Kristian Silva from the Weekly Review has got some answers from VCAT on the topic. VCAT parties are not allowed to capture proceedings on audio or video recorders during the hearings unless they receive permission from the […]

VCAT hearing transcription costs

Last week I asked for a copy of the VCAT hearing I was a party in, so that I could refer to it during a planning panel submission. I was told that  VCAT no longer give copies of the audio, and that I would have to pay for a company to transcribe it.  I am […]

VCAT decision on solar panels – they need sun.

This is a precedent case on a topic we have discussed before  – VCAT have now ruled it is NOT OK to overshadow a neighbors solar panels… So it is OK to interrupt privacy, sunlight to living areas, but not solar panels… It has been suggested before that is because solar power is a business […]

VCAT fee changes – submissions close Fri Feb 15th

If you haven’t already done so you may want to consider an objection to the fees changes on grounds such as this will deny natural justice to the community, and encourage expansion of developer practice to drag out hearings with pro-applicant “experts” etc.  Notable given almost any apartment building is over $1m and therefore a […]

MEG Submission to the VCAT Fee Review

The MEG have shared their point of view on the VCAT Fee increase, if you have ever been to VCAT, some of these items might ring very true with you. There are also some good suggestions on a different approach to fixing the problems and expenses of running VCAT appeals, while leveling the playing field… […]

VCAT Development Appeals Getting Further out of Reach.

Well it’s beyond stories now, the numbers are out, Development challenges for over $1Mil –  $38 in 2012, will be Over $2000 in 2014. It’s certainly not good for residents trying to fight for thier amenity. VCAT costs are going up in a user pays environment that certainly works against Joe Public. We got the […]