Monthly Archives: September 2012

Urban design: we all live here, why is it so bad?

An article in The Age today analyses why the residents of Gowanbrae in Melbourne’s north might commit treason and concrete over their ‘nature strip’, but be charged $3000 by the City of Moreland to have this done. What is worse … Continue reading

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Zoning Changes: lots bad, some good – we still don’t care enough

14/9/2012 Planning zones: what are they for? The State Government are presently rewriting the controls that are in place for planning zoning: and they’ve not done a very good job of it. They’ve introduced plenty of ‘mixed use’ “flexibility” into … Continue reading

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Urban design: we all live here, why is it so bad?

An article in The Age today analyses why the residents of Gowanbrae in Melbourne’s north might commit treason and concrete over their ‘nature strip’, but be charged $3000 by the City of Moreland to have this done. What is worse … Continue reading

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Before the concrete and bitumen goes down, this is how Villawood paves its way . . .

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council, or elements within it, are presently on a slash and burn mission. The Planning Scheme for the shire, in order to fit the Settlement Strategy within it, is being altered by an amendment, called C84, … Continue reading

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Planning zones: what are they good for?

The State Government are rewriting the controls that are in place for planning zoning: and they’ve not done a very good job of it. They’ve introduced plenty of ‘mixed use’ “flexibility” (the mantra of an organisation that doesn’t know what … Continue reading

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A couple of updates

A few things: Council elections are coming up. It is certain that Villawood will be getting in the ear of sitting and potential Councillors, and it’s confirmed that at least three candidates will be using the first part of their … Continue reading

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