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February 2013

C96 – DD08 zone changes Planning Panel Submission

Today was the day several of us managed to present our views on the proposed changes to the Manningham DD08 high density Zones, and the current zone regulations as well. This Government appointed Independent Planing Panel, ( IPP,) consisted of  a single member – Mr Lester Townsend –  hearing the views of residents, council and […]

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 […]

Untangle the Building Zone Maze

It’s only a week away to the Manningham Event targeting the building zones, changes, and impacts night.  Event : High Density Zones and planned changes – Koonung ward councilors review and discussion.  RSVP here   Doncaster,  Wed Feb 20th, 2013  7:30pm This event will be a mixture of public discussion and, council regulation insight from […]

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 […]

Planning to be out in the open

This article in the Melbourne  Herald Sun on Mon Feb 4, 2013. Makes you wonder just how much sway the developers have with decision makers about the planning of our city. Planning to be out in the open MELBOURNE city councillors will be stopped from holding private meetings with developers who want to lobby them […]

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… […]