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September 2015

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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statutory planning sydney, town planning sydney, david lock associates, development approvals, da

Ride with me

By Sean Hua

Car drivers are apparently significantly more stressed on their commute than those that use other means of transport, as observed in this study in Montreal. Having to budget more time for their commute and the unpleasantness of the journey contributed to unhappy commuters. Have drivers have been conditioned to believe driving is the best way to get to work, and more importantly, do they have no other choice but to get to work by car? Would commuting drivers switch to public transport if they had better access to it?

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integrated transport planning, transport, town planning melbourne

Together Forever?

Image Source: Fit for the Future

By Brodie Blades

What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘Council’? Are you transported to a dynamic world of smiling faces capable of efficient decision-making, logicality and world-class customer service? Or the complete opposite? If you are in the latter category, it may surprise you that today’s typical Australian local government is an organisation that is becoming increasingly cognizant of the importance of efficiency and service delivery – even so far as progressing towards a more neo-Liberal ‘business model’ operation in which the achievement of self-sufficient, financially viable organisations is of paramount importance. One method of achieving enhanced viability, cost-effectiveness and efficiency in the local government sector is through Council amalgamations. 

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nsw, council amalgamation, planning, urban design and planning sydney

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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town planning melbourne, melbourne planning, david lock associates, policy, built form

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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visioning, reimagine the junction, david lock associates

Tunstall Square Structure
Plan Adopted

David Lock Associates has provided urban design input to inform the preparation of the Tunstall Square Structure Plan. The Structure Plan will inform and provide direction for future land use and built form of the centre over the next 20 years. The Plan sets out a number of actions intended to ‘stitch’ the two parts of the centre and to the surrounding urban fabric and to stimulate local economic and social needs. More specifically, it provides strategic direction and detailed recommendations to improve the identity of the public realm and landscape needs.

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urban design melbourne, structure plan melbourne, visioning

Finding inspiration
in masterplanning
for growth areas

Masterplanning in Growth Areas was the topic of conversation at David Lock Associates' offices in South Melbourne when one of our colleagues from the UK, Joanne Cave recently visited.

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urban planning, masterplanning, urban growth areas, united kingdom, urban design

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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town planning melbourne, town planning, planning permit

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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apartment sizes, apartment living, town planning, melbourne planning

July 2015

How St Kilda Junction
could look

St Kilda Junction, once the High St and backbone to the precinct, met its demise in the 70s following major works undertaken by the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works.

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planning student competition, urban design student competition

New stars join planning team

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

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statutory planning, strategic planning, town planning melbourne

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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smart cities, planning, visioning

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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The Making of
Great Streets

If longevity is the mark of a great street, Oxford Street* in London would probably win the prize.  The street was originally a Roman road, and its survival is testament to what early masters the Romans were of creating public infrastructure.

Ask a lay person what makes a great street and they might have trouble answering.  But they may easily be able to name a few of their favourite streets or at least a street they “like” whether in their home town or a city somewhere else. Various elements such as wide promenades to ramble along, mosaic tiles, trees, room to move around and an interesting combination of architecture and shelter all come into play.

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urban design, walking, david lock associates

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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melbourne planning, density, mark sheppard, policy

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