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Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop – only half the solution

August 29, 2018

by David Barnes, Managing Director The State Government’s vision for a Suburban Rail Loop represents the first time that public transport planning has prevailed over road planning in Melbourne’s history, since the radial rail and the tram networks laid out in the late 19th century.  It is a sign of things to come.  It is…

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VC148 – well intentioned reforms an important first step

August 28, 2018

by Jane Keddie, Associate – Urban Planning Following an initial assessment of planning scheme reforms introduced through Amendment VC148, Hansen have taken an in-depth look at the overarching changes that will affect strategic planning. Over time, the adjustments introduced through VC148 will lead to important changes to Victoria’s Planning Schemes, even if the immediate changes…

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Light touch VPP reforms – a statutory perspective

August 28, 2018

by Cameron Gentle, Associate – Urban Planning Having used the revised Victorian Planning Provisions for the past three weeks following the gazettal of VC148, Hansen’s overall response to the reforms are positive but early indications are that the changes are unlikely to have significant implications for applicants or decision makers. Although we see changes such…

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Hansen wins at 2018 AILA Victoria Awards

August 13, 2018

Hansen Partnership has won two Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) 2018 Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards for our work on Victoria Square in Kerang and Williams Reserve in East Richmond. Recognising Victoria’s best landscape architecture projects, the awards ceremony was held on Friday 10 August 2018 with the jury reviewing projects from across Melbourne and…

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Hansen secures approval for $150 million mixed use project in Geelong

August 13, 2018

Geelong is going from strength to strength with Hansen Partnership securing planning approval for Franzé Developments’ $150 million Ryrie Street project – the largest mixed-use project in the region. Located at 44 Ryrie Street within the Geelong Activity Centre Zone, the 2700 square metre gateway site will comprise 1000 square metres ground floor retail, 7400…

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Major reforms to the Victoria Planning Provisions – VC148 gazetted

July 31, 2018

Amendment VC148 was gazetted today. This amendment introduces changes to the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and all planning schemes arising from the Victorian Government’s Smart Planning program. The program aims to simplify and modernise Victoria’s planning policy and rules to make planning more efficient, accessible and transparent. This amendment represents the most significant reform since…

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Craig Czarny and Gerhana Waty receiving award

Hansen team wins Outstanding Award at IFLA World Congress 2018

July 23, 2018

Congratulations to Hansen Urban Design Director Craig Czarny, Urban Design Associate Gerhana Waty and Landscape Architecture Director Steve Schutt who received the Outstanding Award in the Analysis and Master Planning Category from the International Federation of Landscape Architecture (Asia, Africa and Middle East) at the IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore last week for their…

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Planning certainty for NEICs builds a strong foundation and resilient system

June 12, 2018

by Cameron Gentle, Urban Planning Associate On returning from the recent PIA Congress in Perth, I was reflecting on the Employment and Innovation Clusters session hosted by Tim O’Loan, Technical Director from AECOM and its relevance to Hansen’s work with La Trobe University. Melbourne’s population is set to grow to around eight million by 2050…

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Creative planning delivers on ‘live, work, play’ ideal

June 4, 2018

by Brighid Sammon, Senior Planner A great city means different things to different people, especially to those working in urban planning. At Hansen we’re lucky enough to participate in (the sometimes lively) debates about Melbourne; it’s direction and the current ‘boom-time’ era we’re living through. One element that resonates across the board is the need…

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Another international win for Hansen

May 29, 2018

Hansen’s Surabaya Urban Corridor Development Strategy has received an Outstanding Award in the Analysis and Master Planning Category from the International Federation of Landscape Architecture (Asia, Africa and Middle East). This recognition follows the IFLA (Asia Pacific) – Design Excellence Award in 2017 and Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards at both state and regional levels….

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