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January 2015

Getting the
urban context right

Getting the strategic analysis right as part of an urban context and design response report (UCR) can make all the difference in making the case for planning approval at council.

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urban design melbourne, urban context reports

December 2014

The Shoe Box Effect

Recent debate around the eagerly anticipated release of the Better Apartment Design guidelines from the Office of the Victorian Government Architects (OVGA) provides the perfect opportunity to closely examine the implications of the standards and draw some national and international comparisons.

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town planning melbourne, apartment living, apartment sizes

Merry Christmas from
David Lock Associates

We’d like to wish all our clients, collaborators and partners a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year with friends and family.

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david lock associates, sydney, melbourne

Work starts on
Hawksburn Village plan

David Lock Associates in collaboration with Charter Keck Cramer and One Mile Grid are pleased to announce that we have commenced work for the City of Stonnington on the Hawksburn Village Structure Plan.

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urban planning melbourne, dla, collaboration

November 2014

The great grade
separation debate

As Victorians go to the polls this weekend, one of the differences between the two major parties is in how they intend to deal with a major headache for Melbourne motorists and indeed the productivity of the city – the curse of the level crossing.

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integrated transport planning, transport, melbourne

Our men tackle Movember

David Lock Associates couldn’t let Movember pass by without the sprouting of excess facial hair all for a good cause of course.

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david lock associates, movember

September 2014

Playing a key role
in Chadstone expansion

David Lock Associates played a key role in the recent approval of Chadstone Shopping Centre’s $580 million expansion.

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urban design evidence, melbourne planning, david lock associates

Re:imagine rescheduled

The Re:imagine the Junction urban design competition has been rescheduled for 2015.

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Adopting the middle ground

This article by David Lock Associates' Associate Planner, Danny Hahesy, was recently published in The PIA's Planning News. 

‘Housing diversity’ is a term often used in Strategic Plans and Planning Schemes across the country.  The aim is to increase housing choice so that we all have access to a range of different housing types to suit our tastes or circumstances throughout our lives. Coupled with this is the desire to increase residential densities within the existing metropolitan area to make more efficient use of current infrastructure and minimise outward growth of our cities (amongst other things).

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urban planning melbourne, housing density melbourne, plan melbourne

Help drive our statutory
planning business

David Lock Associates is looking for an experienced Associate Planner with a focus on business growth and development.

If you have strong networks in the Melbourne market, a track record in building and maintaining client relationships and delivering excellent planning outcomes for clients, this could be the role for you.

This is a permanent, full-time position in our office in South Melbourne. Please review the detailed duties and responsibilities on Seek for more information on the next steps.

david lock associates, associate planner, melbourne planning

Running for youth
mental health

Nick Roebuck, one of David Lock Associates’ Melbourne-based planners, is in training for the Melbourne Marathon in October, to raise money and awareness for Headspace National Youth Mental Health Service.

One in 5 people will experience depression by the age of 18 and one in every 6 Australian adults now experiences mental health issues daily.

Headspace aims to be the voice of youth mental health in the areas of service delivery, research and development, service reform, community engagement and advocacy. Headspace has a number of centres across regional and metropolitan Australia providing a range of different staff including doctors, nurses, psychologists, youth workers, social workers and drug and alcohol counsellors for young adults between the ages of 12-25.

If you’d like to support Nick in raising funds for Headspace, just follow this link to his sponsorship page: http://melbournemarathon2014.gofundraise.com.au/page/RoebuckN

Home page image credit: Active Feet.

david lock associates, planning, melbourne marathon

August 2014

The scales have tipped
with the new res zones

Two recent VCAT decisions Samsons (Shoobra) Pty Ltd v Glen Eira CC and Estia Health Pty Ltd v Glen Eira CC have tested the effect of the transitional provisions under the new Victorian residential zones and whether an amendment made after the introduction of the new zones will still benefit from the transitional provisions.

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residential zones, neighbourhood zones, vcat decisions

Opening address – 4th Annual
Modern Railways conference

Opening address to the 4th Annual Modern Railways conference by Conference Chairman, Howard Rosen  

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integrated transport planning, modern railways conference

Tower Hill Stage 8
under construction

Tower Hill is a 1500-dwelling urban extension to Swan Hill, being developed by Places Victoria. It represents a refreshing direction for regional planning, creating a distinct break from traditional low-density residential suburban design.

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regional planning, suburban design, neighbourhood

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