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.
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.
David Lock Associates announces the appointment of Kirsty Smith in our Sydney operations.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pier One Drive, Patterson Lakes, Victoria
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.
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.
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.
David Lock Associates would like to welcome two new staff members to the planning team.
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.
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.