Tuesday, 25 November 2014
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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:46    PDF Print
Victorian Planning Permit Activity Annual Report 2013-14 released
In the News - Victoria

THERE was a 9.1 per cent increase in the number of planning permit applications received in the 2013-14 financial year, according to the eleventh annual report on planning permit activity that was released this month by the Victorian Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.

According to the report, which uses data from the state's 79 local government authorities as well as the Minister for Planning and the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal (VCAT), a total of 56,411 permit applications were received in 2013-14, compared to 51,710 in 2012-13.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:43    PDF Print
Melbourne CBD rail tunnel must be top priority: TTF
In the News - Victoria

BUILDING a new CBD rail tunnel is the most important transport project for Melbourne's future productivity and liveability and should be the top priority for the next Victorian government, according to peak national industry body Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF).

TTF last week released 'A Transport Agenda for Melbourne', which sets out its transport policy priorities for the Victorian election, including the development of a transport master plan to guide transport infrastructure investment in Melbourne over the next 20 years.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:43    PDF Print
17-storey apartment building in Frankston gains approval
In the News - Victoria

FRANKSTON City Council last week announced it has approved an application for a 17-storey apartment complex at 6 Davey Street that will be the tallest building in Frankston.

The Finnis Architects-designed building was approved on Monday 10 November at the General Council Meeting. The proposal includes 63 apartments with a minimum of two bedrooms and a balcony, as well as commercial space in the lower levels and 104 car parks.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:40    PDF Print
New planning circular released to improve clarity of coastal hazard advice in NSW
In the News - New South Wales

NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes last week announced the release of a new planning circular that aims to provide greater consistency and clarity for councils and improve the way property owners are informed about coastal hazards in Section 149 certificates.

Mr Stokes said the NSW Government has now finalised stage one of the coastal reform process and the planning circular will ensure councils take a consistent approach when notifying property owners and buyers about present and future coastal hazards that may affect their land.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:39    PDF Print
Plans unveiled for 11,000 new dwellings at Leppington and Cudgegong Road precincts
In the News - New South Wales

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward last week unveiled plans for up to 11,000 new dwellings at Leppington, in Sydney's south west, and around the future Cudgegong Road Station in Sydney's north west.

"Land releases at Leppington and around the future Cudgegong Road Station will unlock 11,000 new houses, along with the shops, cafes, parks, road upgrades and schools that will help make them homes," Ms Goward said.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:37    PDF Print
NSW Parliament passes legislation imposing tougher penalties for planning rule breaches
In the News - New South Wales

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward last welcomed the passing of legislation through the NSW Upper House that gives the Land and Environment Court stronger powers to punish developers that breach approval conditions or damage the environment.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2014 increases maximum fines from $1 million to $5 million and gives the Court powers to require remedial actions on top of fines when developers are found guilty of breaching development consent conditions.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:36    PDF Print
Newcastle's new transport interchange at Wickham receives planning approval
In the News - New South Wales

NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian last week announced that Newcastle's new transport interchange at Wickham has received planning approval, with work on the state-of-the-art interchange to commence immediately following truncation of the rail line on 26 December 2014.

"The interchange – which will integrate trains, buses, taxis, light rail, cyclists and car drop-off and pick-ups – is a key part of the NSW Government's plans to revitalise Newcastle, alongside light rail from Wickham to the beach," Ms Berejiklian said.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:34    PDF Print
NSW Government announces five Joint Organisations pilots as part of local government reforms
In the News - New South Wales

NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole last week announced the five successful Joint Organisation pilots to be rolled out across the state, as part of the government's 'Fit for the Future' reforms that aim to strengthen local government and communities.

Mr Toole said Joint Organisations will enable councils to work together more effectively within their regions, as well as transform the way state and local government collaborate on key community priorities that cut across traditional boundaries such as jobs, planning and infrastructure.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:32    PDF Print
Successful projects announced for first round of $200m Western Sydney Local Roads Package
In the News - New South Wales

ALMOST $30 million has been awarded to roads projects in Sydney's west after the Australian and NSW governments last week revealed the successful projects for the first round of the $200 million Western Sydney Local Roads Package.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said the projects are focused on improving the productivity and safety performance of the local road network surrounding the new Western Sydney Airport site.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:29    PDF Print
WA Planning Commission announces new planning provisions to encourage affordable housing
In the News - Western Australia

CHANGES will be made to the state's planning system as part of an effort to boost housing affordability, the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) announced last week.

The changes follow the release of last year's Planning Provisions for Affordable Housing Discussion Paper and are part of the State Government's Affordable Housing Strategy, which outlines a commitment to deliver at least 20,000 new affordable housing options by 2020.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:28    PDF Print
Four more Perth intersections receive pedestrian countdown timers
In the News - Western Australia

A FURTHER four intersections in Perth's CBD have received pedestrian countdown timers as a result of a successful trial that took place at the intersection of William and Murray streets in a bid to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow.

"The trial showed that people are embracing the innovation and a preliminary online survey indicated a 95 per cent approval rating for the timers," Western Australian Transport Minister Dean Nalder said.

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Victoria

Victorian Planning Permit Activity Annual Report 2013-14 released

THERE was a 9.1 per cent increase in the number of planning permit applications received...

Melbourne CBD rail tunnel must be top priority: TTF

BUILDING a new CBD rail tunnel is the most important transport project for Melbourne's future...

17-storey apartment building in Frankston gains approval

FRANKSTON City Council last week announced it has approved an application for a 17-storey apartment...

Designers appointed for Melbourne Park redevelopment Stage 2

THE Victorian Government last week said the $700 million Melbourne Park redevelopment has reached another...

Technical advisors appointed for Melbourne Rail Link and western section of East West Link

VICTORIAN Roads and Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder last week announced the appointment of Technical,...

New Chairman appointed to Places Victoria

LESS than two months since announcing the appointment of three independent board members and under...

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New South Wales

New planning circular released to improve clarity of coastal hazard advice in NSW

NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes last week announced the release of a new planning circular...

Plans unveiled for 11,000 new dwellings at Leppington and Cudgegong Road precincts

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward last week unveiled plans for up to 11,000 new dwellings...

NSW Parliament passes legislation imposing tougher penalties for planning rule breaches

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward last welcomed the passing of legislation through the NSW Upper...

Newcastle's new transport interchange at Wickham receives planning approval

NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian last week announced that Newcastle's new transport interchange at Wickham...

NSW Government announces five Joint Organisations pilots as part of local government reforms

NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole last week announced the five successful Joint Organisation pilots...

Successful projects announced for first round of $200m Western Sydney Local Roads Package

ALMOST $30 million has been awarded to roads projects in Sydney's west after the Australian...

More in: New South Wales

Rest of Australia

WA Planning Commission announces new planning provisions to encourage affordable housing

CHANGES will be made to the state's planning system as part of an effort to...

Four more Perth intersections receive pedestrian countdown timers

A FURTHER four intersections in Perth's CBD have received pedestrian countdown timers as a result...

Detailed planning begins for Great Northern Highway upgrade

DETAILED planning is now under way for the $384 million upgrade of the Great Northern...

WA Government holds industry briefing for $2bn-plus Forrestfield-Airport Link

WEST Australian Transport Minister Dean Nalder last week said the proposed Forrestfield-Airport Link project has...

Tasmanian Government appoints Coordinator-General

THE Tasmanian Government last week announced the appointment of the state's first-ever Coordinator General, who...

ALGA releases 2014 National State of the Assets report

THE 2014 National State of the Assets report has found that, on average, 11 percent...

More in: Queensland, Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory

World

UN highlights need for sustainable urban planning

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UN underscores importance of good urban planning for sustainable development

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Australia and Canada continue their dominance of EIU's 'most liveable cities' list

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Planetizen releases its list of top 10 books published in 2012

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