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October 2018

What is the future of Urban Design in Melbourne?

This week we asked the DLA team to think about what the future of Urban Design in Melbourne will look like. Here’s what they had to say!

 

As you can see Imaginations ran wild, but we all agreed that Melbourne will be ‘taller, more integrated and more prominent’.

 

Now, it’s our turn. What do you think is the future of Urban Design in Melbourne look like?


By Amy Ikhayanti
 

melbourne, urban design, future, town planning melbourne, compact cities

August 2016

Better Apartments
A step forward?

By Mark Sheppard, Principal, David Lock Associates

 

Victoria’s draft new apartment design standards are out for consultation.

The first thing to say is that they have adopted a ResCode-style format—the intention is that they will form part of the Particular Provisions, and have objectives that must be met and discretionary standards.  In other words, if you meet the standard, you pass.  But if you want to put forward an alternative design response, you can.

This continues Victoria’s preference for performance-based planning provisions, which provide not only the certainty of ‘deemed-to-satisfy’ provisions, but also the flexibility of allowing innovative or contextual responses where appropriate.  The objectives haven’t been expressly spelt out in the draft, although we can assume it will be a rewording of the purposes at the beginning of each standard.

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urban design, apartments, guidelines, standards, rescode, town planning melbourne

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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plot ratio, planning melbourne, town planning melbourne, urban planning melbourne

September 2015

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

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

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

July 2015

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

December 2014

The Shoe Box Effect

Recent debate around the eagerly anticipated release of the Better Apartment Design guidelines from the Office of the Victorian Government Architects (OVGA) provides the perfect opportunity to closely examine the implications of the standards and draw some national and international comparisons.

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town planning melbourne, apartment living, apartment sizes

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