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How Healthy Is Our Victorian Residential Development Industry?

Published: 30.09.2017 Together with the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), Ernst and Young (EY) has presented its findings in its recent UDIA Index of Economic Activity report. From the report, four key trends emerged in residential development activity. The market remains strong The review…

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Is It More Than Just A Simple Fencing Dispute? - Article By Rose Maina

Published: 28.09.2017 It is not uncommon for, what would appear to be, a simple fencing dispute to subsequently turn into boundary dispute. In many cases, a Fencing Notice is properly served pursuant to section 13 of theFences Act1968; in some cases, after obtaining a surveyor’s plan. Disputes commonly…

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Planning Scheme Amendments To Remove/Vary Restrictive Covenants - Article By Edward Mahony

Published: 30.08.2017 There are four principal ways to remove/vary covenants in Victoria:- 1. By application to the Supreme Court under Section 84 the Property Law Act 1958 (Vic) 2. By a Deed of Consent under the Transfer of Land Act 1958 (Vic) 3. By a planning permit application under the Planning…

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‘Report And Consent’ Under The Building Regulations – What It Is, And What It Isn’t - Article By Matthew Francke

Published: 22.08.207 Report and Consent – what it is: The Building Interim Regulations 2017 (Vic) and its predecessors set out standards for construction and demolition of buildings within Victoria. However, as is the case with many Regulations, compliance can be dispensed with in appropriate cases.…

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Good Design Gets Green Light For Seaford Local - Article By Dominic Scally

Published: 21.07.2017 An unexpected turn of events during a recent VCAT hearing confirms that good design is persuasive, and very well-designed buildings succeed despite staunch opposition. Karen Eastwood was part of a group of objectors against the new Orabel apartment project in Seaford, in Melbourne’s…

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