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Mecone’s articles provide you with the latest news and analysis about planning and development in Australia.Click on an article below for more information.

 

LEP Amendment for New South Head Road, Double Bay

4 December 2017

Mecone, together with Fivex Pty Ltd has secured approval for a Planning Proposal to increase the density of the site 374-382 New South Head Road, Double Bay in Woollahra Local Government Area. The Planning Proposal amended the Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014 to allow for an increase in height (from 14.7m to 23.5m) and FSR (from 2.5:1 and 3:1 to 4.5:1) which will create additional commercial and residential floor space in the Double Bay Town Centre.

 

Mecone Welcomes Rubin Winograd

29 November 2017

Welcome to Rubin Winograd, Senior Planning Consultant in our Melbourne Office.

Rubin is a planner with 7 years experience across the public and private sectors in Victoria. 

With almost 6 years background in Local Government, Rubin developed his skills representing the Council as an advocate at VCAT and was successful in running community consultations…

 

Mecone Headed to Brisbane

27 November 2017

Mecone is very pleased to announce that commencing in February 2018 it will be expanding into the Queensland market. Simon Forsyth will be leading the new Brisbane practice and will expand our presence as a boutique consultancy of…

 

 

Another Success Story for Planning in Melbourne

24 November 2017
Mecone has recently overseen strategic and statutory planning for NX Property Group to obtain approval for an additional 221 dwellings in Melbourne’s south – east.

The 67 million dollar development on Browns Road will consist of 74 townhouses and 147 apartments.

 

 

 

Associate Promotions in Mecone

24 November 2017
Mecone would like to congratulate three of our accomplished and dedicated team members on being promoted to associate. Their continued commitment to providing best possible outcomes for our clients though round-the-clock productivity is acknowledged and greatly appreciated.

 

20-33 Shepherd Street, Liverpool LEP Amendment Approval

16 November 2017 | By: Joseph Bell
On 3 November 2017, The Department of Planning and Environment approved amendments to the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2008 at 20-33 Shepherd Street, Liverpool.

 

 

Melbourne Residential Development Review

15 November 2017
Detached houses and townhouses on the rise as apartments slow in Australia’s fastest growing city. Our Melbourne Residential Development Review shows detached house and townhouse approvals increasing in the second quarter of 2017 while apartment approvals decline.

 

 

 

Mecone Maps Australia’s Same-Sex Marriage Vote

15 November 2017
Mecone has spatially mapped the results of Australia’s same-sex marriage vote. Of the five largest capital cities, Sydney has significantly less support for same-sex marriage. A city-by-city review is below, with maps showing the percentage of ‘Yes’ votes.

 

 

 

Mecone Welcomes New Associate Director to the Team

9 November 2017
Welcome to Georgia Sedgmen,  Associate Director in our Western Sydney Office.

Georgia has over 13 years of professional town planning experience in strategic and statutory planning within local government and private consultancies.  Her major responsibilities have included managing a high caseload of various development applications, providing specialist evidence at the Land and Environment Court and preparing, reviewing and analysing Local Environmental Plans, Development Control Plans and other planning documents.

Welcome Georgia!

 

Quality and Quantity in Hawthorn Victoria

8 November 2017
Mecone, together with Rothe Lowman Architects and M2 Management Group have achieved a breakthrough Planning Permit issued directly by the City of Boroondara for a 7 storey mixed use development at 538-542 Burwood Road, Hawthorn on behalf of…

 

 

Welcome Back, Annabelle!

2 November 2017
Mecone would like to extend a warm welcome to Annabelle Russell.

Annabelle has previously worked as a Student Planner with Mecone and has now returned full-time as a Graduate Planner.

Annabelle’s expertise is in Statutory Planning, Due Diligence Research, Urban design and Development Advisory. Her thesis dissertation focused on community perceptions towards infill development and densification in inner city areas.

Welcome back, Annabelle!

 

Congratulations, Kate!

21 August 2017
We are very pleased to announce that Kate Bartlett has been promoted to the position of Director in Mecone. Kate is well known for being an expert in her field and continuously raises the bar for successful planning outcomes.

Kate has extensive industry experience in statutory and strategic planning as well as planning policy. Her knowledge and expertise see Kate as a highly effective and confident consultant whom is highly valued by our clients. Congratulations!

 

Greenfield Site Development Consent Obtained

23 June 2017
Mecone has successfully obtained development consent from Blacktown City Council for the subdivision of a greenfield site at Townson Road, Colebee. The proposal will subdivide the site into 283 residential lots and includes the provision of new roads, cycle and pedestrian pathways, landscaping, public open space area, and vegetated drainage areas.

Mecone has been involved with the landowners of the site for a number of years, previously obtaining a part-precinct release from the Minister…

 

English Centre at Ascham Independent Girls School Approved

26 May 2017
Mecone has secured development approval through the Sydney Central Planning Panel for a new English Centre at Ascham Independent Girls School. The site is located within Edgecliff Town Centre and across to Edgecliff Train Station and Edgecliff bus interchange.

The Development Application proposed a 4-storey English Centre which will create further teaching space associated with the Dalton Plan which promotes…

 

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre Approval

25 May 2017
At the Central Sydney Planning Committee meeting on 11 May 2017, the City of Sydney Council carried unanimously the recommendation to grant development consent to the ‘Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre’, a new aquatic centre and park located in the Green Square urban renewal area. The aquatic centre features a striking architectural design prepared by Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw and T.C.L, which was the winning design of an architectural design competition held by the City in 2014…

 

Secured Approval for $200m Mixed-use Development

25 May 2017
Mecone has successfully secured approval with the Sydney South Planning Panel for a $200m mixed use development within the East Quarter Precinct of Hurstville. Together with the developer Fridcorp, we were able to secure the Development Application and Planning Proposal within 9 months.

 

 

 

Planning Permit Issued at 45 Orrong Street

18 May 2017
Congratulations to Moda and Ewert Leaf Architects on the recent release of this elegantly designed building at 45 Orrong Road, just on the edge of the Elsternwick Village. A challenging site and a great result, with a planning permit issued directly by City of Glen Eira. We’re excited to see this one built.

 

 

 

Western Sydney and the Challenges to its Growth

18 May 2017
Western Sydney has overtaken Eastern Sydney both in terms of population and the rate of population growth. By 2036, it is anticipated that Western Sydney will have 700,000 more residents compared to Eastern Sydney. On 11 May, UDIA NSW held a luncheon to discuss the growth of Western Sydney and some of the challenges that will need to be overcome to allow for the development that will accommodate this growth….

 

 

Will Ridesharing Push Out the Need for Public Transport?

5 May 2017
The idea of ridesharing has existed for decades, where big names like Uber and Lyft have promoted the concept further. However, not all these services are actually ridesharing, but rather a private-car taxi service.

According to researchers at the University of Melbourne, plans for ridesharing to go social is now on its way. ridesharing with social media friends could be a key part of our transport future and that how you get from A to B is about to be disrupted once again. The goal is to…

 

Building Spree is Picking Up Pace Across Sydney

4 May 2017
As Sydney grows rapidly, the building spree is picking up pace across Sydney. An analysis of Department of Planning figures has shown the full extent of the building spree picking up pace across the city and highlighted the areas where construction is set to erupt at unprecedented levels. Figures reveal that housing construction in Western and Central Sydney is happening at 10 times the rate of the rest of the city.

Managing Director of Mecone, Ben Hendriks having attended hundreds of community consultations gave his say on the implications of opposing development…

 

Office Opening in Parramatta

1 May 2017
Mecone is excited to announce the opening of our Western Sydney office based in Parramatta CBD, which complements our existing Sydney CBD and Melbourne offices. With the significant growth in projects and movement of key agencies to Parramatta, we are confident in the future of the Western Sydney region. Our Western Sydney office enables Mecone to continue to deliver a high level of service to our clients, with a strong focus on planning and development opportunities specific to the region.

Adam Coburn will be the Practice Lead for our Western Sydney office and can be contacted on…

 

The Australian: Lost Property Series

27 April 2017
4.4 million Australian millennials, are now holding off or cancelling plans to settle down and purchase a home due the unrealistic expectations of affordable housing. The social and economic repercussion is serious and long-term, where millennials are now racked by insecurity, indecision and frustration.

Managing Director of Mecone, Ben Hendriks was recently interviewed by The Australian contributing his say to part one of the Lost Property – Special Series.

 

Gateway Approval for Rezoning

21 April 2017
Mecone recently obtained Gateway approval for the rezoning of land to allow the expansion of the Blackmores Campus at Warriewood.

Mecone continues to work with Blackmores and Northern Beaches Council to achieve rezoning, which in turn will create hundreds of new local jobs for the Northern Beaches.

 

 

Senior Urban Planner

13 April 2017
Our Melbourne office is looking for a new Senior Urban Planner to join our growing team.

If you are interested please apply via Seek at Senior Urban Planner or for further information please contact Danny Hahesy, Melbourne Practice Director at dannyh@mecone.com.au or (03) 8547 9510.

Applications close 9 May 2017

 

DA Approval for a Boutique Block of Units

10 March 2017
The redevelopment of the site proposes a boutique Residential Flat Building with 20 residential units and a basement level for 16 car parking spaces. The site is conveniently located within close proximity to Petersham Train Station, a number of bus services and retail shops along New Canterbury Road. The Inner West Council supported an 8.1% FSR variation to the Marrickville Local Environmental Plan 2012 which was supported by a Clause 4.6 variation…

 

Is Planning Letting Us Down?

23 February 2017
With the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimating that the number of people who call Australia home will grow from 22.7 million in 2012 to between 36.8 million and 48.53 million by 2061, we face a vast challenge in terms of providing sufficient levels of housing to cater for our growing population and to address housing affordability issues.

Our Managing Director, Ben Hendriks has been featured on a recent article by Andrew Heaton on Sourceable, that addresses the planning issues and challenges we face in our growing cities.

 

Parramatta Light Rail First Stages Announced

17 February 2017
We are excited to see that today the Premier announced the first stage of the Parramatta Light Rail project! It’s great to be involved in a new infrastructure project that will help support the growth of Greater Parramatta and improve transport accessibility for residents and workers.

Mecone has been working with Transport for NSW on the project.

Read more here: Premier Gladys Berejiklian Reveals 16 Parramatta Light Rail Stops

 

 

Redevelopment of 29 Browns Road, Clayton Approved

19 January 2017
We are proud to be working with Mushan Group for the redevelopment of the former Clayton Primary School into a high quality medium density residential community. The Development Plan was recently approved by City of Monash. The town planning application is underway. The plan envisages transformation of this vacant 2ha site into diverse mix of over of 250 apartments and townhouses centred around a common green space and connected via leafy pedestrian-friendly internal streets.

 

Melbourne’s First Planning Permit Now Under Construction

18 January 2017
Mecone’s first planning permit from our Melbourne office is now under construction. Mecone negotiated with Glen Eira Council and local residents on behalf of DO Architects to achieve a great planning permit for this three-storey boutique apartment building at 460 Dandenong Road, Caulfield North.

We look forward to seeing the finished product!

 

Congratulations Emma Burke

23 November 2016
We are happy to announce that Emma has been promoted to Associate Director.

Emma has been doing really impressive work with TfNSW across a number of major projects and is well regarded by our Government clients. She has been working with a lot of autonomy on some really challenging, high profile projects.

Congratulations!

 

Interim Development Controls for Fishermans Bend in Melbourne

23 November 2016
The Minister for Planning has announced interim development controls for Fishermans Bend, focusing on social housing and smart design for the 80,000 people projected to live in the area. There are a number of existing town planning applications currently under assessment in Fishermans Bend. The mandatory controls will require revision of those existing applications. This adds to uncertainty via a constantly changing planning policy landscape in Fishermans Bend. After a number of false starts, we hope that the re-cast Vision for Fishermans bend, and the implementation of that vision in the coming years…

 

Government Progressing Work To Streamline Approval Process And Design Quality For Medium Density Housing In NSW

10 November 2016 | By: Kate Bartlett
In late 2015 and early 2016, the Dept. of Planning and Environment (DPE) exhibited a Discussion Paper exploring options to permit medium density housing such as terraces and townhouses as ‘complying development’. Enabling ‘complying development’ provisions for terraces and townhouse style development through the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP), is seen as a key enabler of additional housing supply and choice for Sydney in particular, and NSW more broadly…

 

Submission to Victoria’s Better Apartment Draft Design Standards

20 September 2016
Public consultation on Victoria’s Better Apartment Draft Design Standards closed on 19th September 2016. The standards have been produced by the Department of Environment, Land Water and planning (DELWP) on behalf of the Victorian Minister for Planning.

Mecone’s submission welcomes the introduction of Apartment Design Standards for Victoria, but recommends a number of refinements in terms of Building Setbacks, room depth, window locations, natural ventilation, and landscaping…

 

Mecone Welcomes Phillip Rygl as our Newest Melbourne Director

1 September 2016
Mecone would like to welcome Phillip Rygl as our newest Director based in our Melbourne office. Phillip is a highly experienced planner having worked in the public and private sectors for over 16 years. His expertise in statutory and strategic planning covers a wide range of land use and development projects across residential, industrial, health, commercial and tourism sectors.

Phillip acts as an advisor and advocate to developers on a range of development and rezoning projects across Melbourne and regional Victoria. He has been an advisor to local and State Government and has regularly represented clients at VCAT and Planning Panels.

 

Stage 2 Epsom Road, Zetlands Endorsed by the CSPCStage 2 Epsom Road, Zetlands Endorsed by the CSPC

31 August 2016
The redevelopment of the Epsom Road site proposes a mixed-use development located within the Epsom Park Precinct which forms part of the Green Square Renewal area. The site is within walking walking distance to the Green Square train station and new community facilities, including Gunyama Park and Green Square Aquatic Centre

A Stage 1 Development Application was approved to establish the development parameters for the site. Following the Stage 1 DA approval three Design Competitions ran simultaneously. Mecone assisted with the project managing and provided planning services for the lodgement and approval of Stage 1 and 2 DA. Stage 2 of the Development Application has now be endorsed by the CSPC.

 

18 Huntley Street, Alexandria Granted Consent by the CSPC18 Huntley Street, Alexandria Granted Consent by the CSPC

31 August 2016
Located in a prime area directly across from Sydney Park, the CSPC granted consent last Thursday for a new DKO and Breathe Architecture designed mixed use development comprising 153 dwellings with a site area of approximately 5,590 m2, a new publicly-accessible open space “Huntley Green” and café at 18 Huntley St Alexandria for Defence Housing Australia. Mecone has worked on the project from the preparation of site-specific DCP controls, through to the Design Competition and Development Approval. Great outcome for all involved.

 

The City’s Heritage Floor Space Scheme is changingThe City’s Heritage Floor Space Scheme is Changing

11 July 2016 | By: Kate Bartlett
The City of Sydney Heritage Floor Space (HFS) Scheme has been a key component of the City’s planning controls in Central Sydney since the 1970s. An innovative scheme that provides an incentive for the conservation and ongoing maintenance of heritage items in Central Sydney by allowing owners of heritage buildings to sell unused development potential from their site, known as heritage floor space.

When a heritage item owner completes conservation works they may be awarded HFS by the City of Sydney through their development consent. The awarded…

 

Central City Built Form Review SubmissionsSubmission to the Central City Built Form Review

15 May 2016 | By: Danny Hahesy
Mecone’s submission to Melbourne’s Central City Built Form Review, focuses on the detail of the proposed controls of the Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C270, as the concept of plot ratio and bonus plot ratio (or Floor Area Uplift) is well understood and an accepted practice in many developed economies.

Mecone supports the provision of greater certainty and consistency of built form outcomes, improvement of public amenity, the boosting of sustainable investment and enhancement of liveability. These are all logical and practical aims of any Planning Scheme – to balance the social, environmental and economic aspects of development across any city or region…

 

Integrated Land Use and Transport Planning in SydneyIntegrated Land Use and Transport Planning in Sydney

14 June 2016 | By: Ben Hendriks and Winston Yang
Throughout Sydney’s history, its growth has been inextricably linked with the growth of its public transport network. Mecone’s presentation on integrated land use and transport planning in Sydney tells four high-level interlinked stories: the historical patterns of growth in Sydney, the important role public transport has had in facilitating this growth, some of the key challenges to Sydney’s growth in the future and questions around whether Sydney has the planning capacity to accommodate the forecast growth and an outline of how new transport projects can assist by unlocking the potential for growth…

 

Waterloo Urban Renewal ProjectTransit and Urban Renewal Value Creation

31 May 2016 | By: Mecone and LUTI Consulting
LUTI Consulting and Mecone Planning (with support from the NSW Government and the CRCSI) have jointly conducted an integrated land use and transport Hedonic Price Modelling assessment of Sydney’s key transit and transit-oriented urban renewal investments over the period 2000 to 2014.

The LUTI–Mecone study analyses the land value uplift associated with access to transit infrastructure, a change in land use zoning, and a change in allowable development density. The study then presents an argument for integrating transit…

 

Waterloo Urban Renewal ProjectWaterloo Urban Renewal Project

9 May 2016 | By: Lauren McMahon
The suburb of Waterloo is to undergo one of the largest urban renewal projects in Australia. The exact boundary of the renewal project has not been defined to date however we know that the entire development area is approximately 40 hectares with 13 hectares owned by the Government. The project seeks to create a mixed-housing precinct which will accommodate an additional 30,000 residents and 10,000 dwellings with 1/3 being social and affordable housing while the remainder being private (SMH, Waterloo chosen over Sydney University…

 

Mecone and UDIA NSW announces the Residential Development ReviewMecone and UDIA NSW announces the Residential Development Review

1 May 2016
Mecone has joined with UDIA NSW to create the Residential Development Review – a new publication reporting on the state of Sydney’s housing market that seeks to address the difficulty of access to this information. It brings together statistical and spatial data from various government authorities and presents them in a clear and graphical manner so that housing development data is simple to find, quick to interpret and easy to understand…

 

Mecone Sydney Welcomes New Director to the TeamMecone Sydney Welcomes New Director to the Team

29 April 2016
Mecone Sydney welcomes Lee Mulvey as Director to head our Strategic sector of the planning team.
Lee is an urban planner with over 15 years experience in the public and private sectors, leading a range of strategic land use planning and environmental projects.

Lee was most recently employed with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment as the Director, Metropolitan Region (CBD) (Sydney Region East).

Lee can be contacted on lmulvey@mecone.com.au

 

Mecone Consulting Opens Melbourne OfficeMecone Consulting Opens Melbourne Office

21 March 2016
Mecone Consulting is very pleased to announce the opening of its new Melbourne office. Headed up by new Director Danny Hahesy, Mecone looks forward to extending its highly regarded planning consulting and advisory services to the Victorian market. Mecone will continue to offer clever, yet simple, strategic and statutory planning solutions designed to withstand the highest levels of scrutiny and the test of time. Danny can be contacted on dannyh@mecone.com.au to discuss your planning needs.

 

Light Rail in Parramatta‘The Missing Middle’ – Medium Density Housing in New South Wales

16 March 2016 | By: Joseph Bell
There has been a recent focus in New South Wales planning regarding medium density housing forms, and in particular the classic inner city ‘terrace house’. The expansion of these traditionally inner city housing forms to Sydney’s suburbs and greenfield estates has been suggested as a potential solution for the city’s housing crisis. The city needs to provide 600,000 new dwellings over the next 15 years, and cutting red tape for terraces and townhouses is seen as a way of getting there…

 

 

Light Rail in ParramattaWestern Sydney – Motorways or Public Transport?

19 February 2016 | By: Winston Yang
It is said that Sydney is a tale of two cities – the east and the west. When it comes to the development of Sydney’s transport network, throughout the second-half of the 20th century, this generally seems very much to be the case… The map below illustrates the development of Sydney’s suburban railway network in western and eastern Sydney over a 60-year period between 1941 and 2011. During this period, eastern Sydney grew by approximately 1.2 million people and benefitted from 13 additional stations. In contrast, western Sydney grew by approximately 1.7 million people but had several branch lines removed, with a loss of 19 stations…

 

SEIFA-1Design Competitions; What are they? and are they Worthwhile?

19 November 2015 | By: Adam Coburn

Design competitions are becoming increasingly popular and if undertaken successfully can improve market yield and provide a significant contribution to the design of the urban environment. Notwithstanding they can be tricky to navigate and need to be facilitated so that they deliver a quality yet feasible outcome for the developer, and provide the confidence to Council that the competition has properly facilitated and that design excellence has been achieved…

 

SEIFA-1Potential pitfalls for renovating affordable housing

16 November 2015 | By: Denise Thornton

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (Affordable Housing SEPP) intends to increase the supply and diversity of affordable rental and social housing in the state.The Affordable Housing SEPP specifically aims to retain existing affordable housing and where there is considered to be a reduction in affordable housing a contribution may be required to fund the provision of new affordable housing on another site…

 

SEIFA-1NSW’s largest new urban renewal precinct?

9 November 2015 | By: Kate Bartlett

Located within 2km of Sydney’s CBD, future planning for the Bays Precinct is progressing as NSW’s largest new urban renewal precinct. The Bays Precinct consists of over 90 hectares of Government-owned land and includes major sites of the Sydney Fish Market, Blackwattle Bay, White Bay, Glebe Island, Rozelle Bay and the Rozelle rail yards…

 

 

SEIFA-1Improving urban equity through land use and transport planning

5 October 2015 | By: Mehra Jafari

Transport projects often involve significant cost to the public, but are essential for urban productivity and play an important role in providing better economic opportunities for disadvantaged people and promoting urban equity.

Equity can generally be defined as fair distribution of impacts (costs and benefits)…

 

SEIFA-1Greater Sydney Commission to guide future planning across Sydney

10 September 2015 | By: Josh Coy

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced yesterday the proposed structure of the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC), which will soon be responsible for the co-ordination of Sydney’s metropolitan planning, in partnership with state and local government.

The Greater Sydney Commission will consist of 13 appointees, and will include for the first time an Environment Commissioner, Economic Commissioner, and Social Commissioner…

 

SEIFA-1Camellia – Sydney’s latest urban renewal opportunity

4 September 2015 | By: Joseph Bell

In July, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) released three documents relating to the Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy for the Camellia Precinct. The Precinct has been identified within a corridor expected to grow significantly over the next two decades, helping strengthen the status of Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD.The Camellia Precinct is a large industrial area, approximately 320ha in size and located along the Parramatta River, 2km east of the Parramatta CBD. Currently, the Precinct employs 3000 workers, with major employers including James Hardie…

 

SEIFA-1As Sydney plunges into Light Rail

24 August 2015 | By: Lauren McMahon

Sydney is preparing its self for the construction of the new CBD and South East Light Rail which commences in October. The Light Rail will travel from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station and on to Moore Park, then to Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street. The Light Rail project is a $2.1 billion NSW government initiative which aims to revitalise the urban environment, reduce traffic congestion and create additional transport options for existing and future population demands…

 

SEIFA-1Painting an intricate portrait of Sydney through spatial mapping

10 August 2015 | By: Winston Yang

Just a few short decades ago, checking the zoning maps for a parcel of land was a far more involved task than simply a few clicks of the mouse – it was a task where you would have to physically get yourself to a council office or library if you wanted to peruse the zoning maps. These maps were hard copy and by no means interactive. If you wanted to zoom in, your only choice was a magnifying glass. You could forget about simply turning on an aerial image layer to see what’s on the site or getting down to street level with Street View. If you wanted to see what was there, you would have to make a journey to the site in question yourself…