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October 2018

Does Melbourne need an Urban Planning Centre?

Earlier this year an episode of ABC 7:30 Report posed the question, “Is Australia is prepared for the predicted population growth?” which raises important considerations about ensuring that the community is informed about what ‘planning’ is occurring to prepare for the future.

A Melbourne Planning Information Centre, like the one in Shanghai, would be beneficial in keeping the community and visitors up to date and informed about the existing and future planning for Melbourne, Victoria and possibly even Australia.

I visited the purpose-built Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall during the 2017 VEPLA China Study Tour which was informative and engaging. Not only does the Exhibition Hall included a range of interactive exhibitions for all ages about Shanghai and China in relation to population, infrastructure, transportation etc from the past, to now and into the future, it also displays an impressive large 3D model of the Centre of Shanghai.

This facility is visited by locals, tourists, dignitaries and there are other cities in China and around the world that have centres like this one, such as:  

Ho Chi Minh


Recently, Melbourne had a brief ‘planning’ City DNA Exhibition during May 2018 as part of Knowledge Week. This concept could be further developed to become a permanent Melbourne/ Victorian Urban Planning exhibition. This information resource could become a place where all people can visit to understand and access planning for the future, in order to understand and be prepared for the future. It could also be a place for changemakers to table proposed changes to the urban environment.

By Susan Mitchell

melbourne, melbourne planning, planning excellence, community, compact cities

September 2015

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

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

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

March 2015

The benefits
of negotiation














David Lock Associates town planning and urban design team, together with BKK Architects were engaged by Wilmasir Pty Ltd and 206 Heidelberg Pty Ltd to develop a high-quality apartment development at 204 – 206 Lower Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe East. The Planning Permit was issued by Banyule City Council in November last year and contains 45 apartments over 3 and 4 storeys.

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planning, planning permit, melbourne, melbourne planning

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

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

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