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Doris Tran

COUNCIL FLIP FLOP ON DONCASTER HILL PARKING

The current problems on Doncaster Hill can be traced back to years of indecision, flawed assumptions and bureaucratic bungling in the early planning of the activity centre that has contributed to the gross under supply of off street car parking we are experiencing today. A study conducted in 2002, found there was a need for six […]

TWO STOREYS BUT HEIGHT LIMIT ALLOWS THREE

“I would have thought that if the situation is to be cut and dried in terms of limiting the height of buildings to no more than two-storeys, then the DDO provisions should be drafted to reflect this. Indeed, there are examples of such controls in other planning schemes”. Comment from VCAT rejection of a council decision. […]

DEVELOPER WANTS EXTRA STOREY DISPENSATION

DDO8 concerning the 51-53 Beverley St proposal in Sub-Precinct A (In red italic for emphasis) is: Sub-precinct A is an area where two storey units (9 metres) and three storey (11 metres) ‘apartment style’ developments are encouraged. Three storey, contemporary developments should only occur on land with a minimum area of 1800m2. Where the land comprises more than […]

CAR POOLING MIGHT EASE TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK

An independent study has found that, unless action is taken soon, the number of privately owned vehicles in Melbourne will grow by almost 50% by 2021, creating unprecedented congestion, poor quality of life and a damaged economy. The report, prepared by Philip Boyle & Associates, a leading public transportation consultant, concluded car share is virtually […]

COUNCILS LIABLE FOR INJURY ON SHARED PATHS

Manningham must now build dedicated bicycle paths–Footpaths are for pedestrians. Leading law firm Slater and Gordon have confirmed that Councils and the RTA  could be liable for any deaths or injuries occurring on shared bicycle paths. Currently there are no Speed Limits–No Risk Analysis or Duty of Care –No Insurance Cover–No Identification Required for Cyclists–No Means […]

COUNCIL WANT MORE PEOPLE TO WALK & CYCLE

“With the growth of Doncaster Hill a recent study forecasts a significant increase in locally generated traffic. In order to enhance livability and community well being we want to work with the community to come up with solutions as to how we can get more people to walk, cycle and use public transport”. Doncaster Road […]

NO CAPITAL RETURNS FOR APARTMENT INVESTORS

Clearly, without overseas buyers, many off-plan projects on Doncaster Hill would not be proceeding. However if overseas buyers wish to sell they will incur heavy losses because of the difference between the prices paid through overseas intermediaries and what they will fetch on the falling local market. According to SQM research, asking prices for 2 […]

COUNCIL VOTED LOW RISE FOR DONCASTER HILL

Manningham anticipated that the eastern freeway extension to Springvale Road would significantly reduce traffic volumes along Doncaster road. This had provided the opportunity to transform the character of the road from a state highway carrying heavy traffic to a tree lined boulevard.   The 1997  Three Storey River of Life  proposal as part of the State […]

PROS & CONS OF HIGH-DENSITY VERTICAL LIVING

The amount of energy used by tall buildings, the energy in their building materials and the mental health and social impacts of living and working in high-rises are being questioned by current research. A 2010 Allen Consulting report to the Victorian Building Commission found ‘no conclusive evidence that vertical living was more sustainable than conventional […]

HIGH RAIL COSTS COULD STALL PHASE 2 OF STUDY

Whilst Manningham council should be supported in its intention to expand the evaluation conducted in the Doncaster Rail Study (DRS) Phase One, it should be noted that the study was completed in full. Further that it was confined by its terms of reference to consider only a heavy rail service, though it did make some recommendations […]