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Staying on Top of Melbourne Planning Changes


As planning for Melbourne changes and is ever scrutinised, local councils are responding and changing the way in which projects are reviewed and accepted, but this can make it difficult to know where you stand.


Bayside City Council announced in May that it would be implementing measures to allow approvals to processed faster and has worked with architects throughout this time to ensure the measures are put to the best use. Finnis, which recently directly received news that these processes and additional staff are now in place, has had a strong and positive history with Bayside including having won the Bayside Built Environment Award for a previous project.


“Planning and Building Departments across metropolitan Melbourne are at the front line of Melbourne’s population boom” – Cr del Porto Mayor of Bayside City Council


Bayside’s changes to their planning application process aim to help standard homes through the approval process, but it could hurt architecturally unique homes and larger urban developments. After reviewing the changes and talking directly to the local council, two things have been made clear. Now is the time for building, but you will need a good architect. An understanding of the processes and a strong knowledge of planning laws and rules is critical.


“High quality new homes and new places for jobs and recreation are essential for the future of the City” – Cr del Porto Mayor of Bayside City Council


Developing relationships with councils is a key strength of Finnis and an area the firm boasts an impressive resume and wealth of experience in. The ability to pick up a phone and call the planners directly is a huge advantage and one which has proven to be of value in getting projects through councils without the need for VCAT appeals. In the case of VCAT, Finnis can guide you through the process and ensure the best possible result, demonstrating not only the design merit but the shared benefits it will bring.


Bayside announced in May that it would be implementing measures to allow approvals to processed faster and has worked with architects throughout this time to ensure the measures are put to the best use. Finnis, which recently directly received news that these processes and additional staff are now in place, has had a strong and positive history with Bayside including having won the Bayside Built Environment Award for a previous project.


For more information on current planning regulations or changes, feel free to contact us.