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November 2015

Plot Ratio Controls

The Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association (VPELA) recently held a seminar where the theme was 'To plot ratio or not to plot ratio?' Industry experts discussed the recent introduction of an interim plot ratio control in the Melbourne CBD (Schedule 10 of the Design and Development Overlay) that has taken the industry by surprise.

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September 2015

CSIRO publishes
Essentials of Urban Design

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have released 'Essentials of Urban Design.' Written by David Lock Associates very own Mark Sheppard, Essentials of Urban Design explains the fundamental concepts of urban design, providing the understanding and tools needed to achieve better design outcomes.

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David Lock Associates
appoints new planner in Sydney

David Lock Associates announces the appointment of Kirsty Smith in our Sydney operations.

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Restrictive New Built Form
Controls for Central City

New interim controls over density and built form in the central city were gazetted without warning late on Friday 4 September 2015. Amendment C262 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme introduced:

  • A new schedule to the Design and Development Overlay (DDO10) which contains mandatory controls in relation to maximum podium height and minimum tower setbacks, and a discretionary maximum plot ratio (density) control.
  • Mandatory maximum height controls in place of the current discretionary height controls in DDO2 (CCZ), DDO7 (Former Fishmarket Site Northbank), DDO40 (River Environs), DDO60 (Southbank) and DDO62 (Bourke Hill).
  • Mandatory requirements in the Central City Zone except Fishermans Bend (CCZ1-3) in relation to overshadowing of the north bank of the Yarra River and wind impacts.
  • Changes to Clauses 22.01 (Urban Design within the Capital City Zone) and 22.02 (Sunlight to Public Spaces) to align with the interim controls above (replacing the previous 24m tower separation policy in Clause 22.01).

The Amendment also made the City of Melbourne a referral authority for all applications in the central city with a gross floor area (GFA) greater than 25,000m2.

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August 2015

St Kilda Junction
Re:imagined

David Lock Associates and ARUP are pleased to announce the winner of our Re:imagine the Junction student competition is Carlos Reyes. Carlos is an Urban Design post graduate student from the University of Melbourne.

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Planning Approval gained
for Pier One Drive,
Patterson Lakes

Location

Pier One Drive, Patterson Lakes, Victoria

Client

Cavendish Properties

Architect

John Demos Architects

David Lock Associates’s town planning team recently helped Cavendish Properties gain a planning approval for a six storey apartment building containing 72 apartments at the corner of Pier One Drive and McLeod Road, Patterson Lakes. The building has been designed by John Demos Architects, and has been designed to set a new benchmark for apartment living in Patterson Lakes.

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Better Apartments for the future

By 2051 the number of households in greater Melbourne is projected to almost double from 1.59 million in 2011 to 3.11 million. We face a huge challenge to ensure there is sufficient housing to meet the needs of future households. Apartments are an important part of the housing mix.

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July 2015

David Lock Associates Appoints
Non-Executive Chairman


David Lock Associates announces the appointment of Michael McDonald as a Non-Executive Chairman to the Board of David Lock Associates Australia.

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New stars join planning team

David Lock Associates would like to welcome two new staff members to the planning team. 

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June 2015

Smart Cities Habitat
Master Planning Framework

By David Klingberg and Julia Bell

Cities the world over are facing difficulties in waste management, scarcity of resources, air pollution, human health concerns, traffic congestions and inadequate, deteriorating and ageing infrastructure are among the more basic technical, physical and material problems.

These challenges require an urgent response and smart ways to manage them.

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May 2015

Highpoint Maribyrnong crowned
VIC development of the year

Highpoint in Maribyrnong has been crowned Victoria’s development of the year at the 2015 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.

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April 2015

Does Melbourne's CBD
need density controls?

Planners and urban designers have mostly sought to increase densities in Australia’s cities. Society’s low-density love affair has brought us unending sprawl, with all its social, environmental and economic ills.  Attempts to rein in our metropolises’ spreading girth and create more sustainable, liveable and economically-efficient cities have focused on strategic increases in density to support public transport use and reach viability thresholds for local amenities within walking distance.

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March 2015

New stars join
David Lock Associates

David Lock Associates would like to welcome a number of new stars to our team.

Darren joins David Lock Associates as CFO. Darrens' focus is on the provision of a range of services from financial modelling to mergers and acquisitions, due diligence work, negotiations, banking submissions and relationships and general consulting. Darren holds a degree in Accounting and is a CPA member with over 20 years experience both in Australia and overseas. Darren was awarded a Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence for his Bachelor of Business – Accounting.

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Our Sydney Office
is moving

Our Sydney office is moving to a new location from Monday 9th March 2015.

Our new address is:
Studio 111, 50 Holt Street,
Surry Hills 2010
Australia

Our telephone number will remain the same 02 9699 2021.

Please update your records.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new space.

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September 2014

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.

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