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DEXUS Property Group Ltd v Minister for Planning  VCAT 619
DLA Associate Urban Designer Brodie Blades was recently engaged to appear as an urban design expert witness at VCAT on behalf of the Minister for Planning with respect to a planning permit application at 32-44 Flinders Street, Melbourne.
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Better Apartment Design Standards Released
The Victorian State Government has recently released its final version of the Better Apartment Design Standards (BADS) following exhibition of a hotly-discussed draft set of guidelines exhibitions. Released on Saturday, the new design standards appear to have responded to significant industry feedback (including submissions from DLA) and will influence new apartment development across Melbourne from March 2017 onwards.
The implementation of David Lock Associates' Lara Town Centre Urban Design Framework was recently commended by the Planning Institute of Australia in the category ‘From Plan to Place’.
The City of Greater Geelong's Implementation Plan was applauded for its success in creating a “vibrant, active and pleasant destination”. The ambitious project, adopted by council in 2006, has resulted in the revitalisation of Lara Town Centre. The collaborative efforts of multiple stakeholders were central to driving the project’s success and delivering a better sense of community and place for Lara.
David Lock Associates congratulates the City of Greater Geelong in delivering the vision as set out in the UDF.
The awards ceremony, which can be found here, is an opportunity to recognise the accomplishments of planning across Victoria.
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NSW Premier Mike Baird and the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole announced 19 new councils in NSW which commenced 12 May 2016. The Minister has indicated his in principle support to create a further nine new councils, subject to the decision of the courts.
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High density living is increasingly becoming the norm for the millions of people that want to live in our global cities. People assume that they must give up their connection to nature in order to live in central locations within our cities. However, given the increase in the amount of high rise residential apartments, designers are starting to shift towards locating high density development in locations adjacent to parklands and open spaces and are including tree planting within high density residential developments in city centres creating the “Vertical Forest”.
David Lock Associates was part of the team awarded the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) state award (Tasmania) for 'Best Planning Ideas - Large Project.'
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.
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.
David Lock Associates has joined with a group of industry professionals to make a submission to the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee set up by the Victorian government.
Issues related to the proposed application of the proposed zones by many councils were highlighted in a letter from 35 industry professionals featured in The Age.
Statutory Planner Nick Roebuck has joined David Lock Associates' Melbourne office.
Nick comes to David Lock with some excellent experience in Regional Victoria and in Singapore and Sri Lanka through a variety of student placements, including with SAMWOO Engineering in Singapore.
David Lock Associates is pleased to announce the promotion of experienced planner Holly Patrick who permanently joins its Sydney office this week.
Putting the needs of the new economy at the heart of future Employment Lands Planning.
It’s been an action packed few months in planning, with several Councils releasing their implementation of the new zones, and the Metropolitan Strategy released earlier this month.
Both of these initiatives will affect residential development in Victoria.
David Lock Associates announces the appointment of Erin Saunders as Managing Principal in their Sydney operation.