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Reservoir Reflections

Planning & Traffic

830 Plenty Road

Reservoir
  • Client

    Plenty Road 830 Pty Ltd.

  • Council

    Darebin City Council

  • Location

    Reservoir

  • Contact

    Sam D'Amico

Development Summary

ratio: have recently obtained planning approval for the development of 830 Plenty Road, Reservoir comprising 321 apartments across four towers, and 17 townhouses designed by Architeria Architects. 

The scale of the proposal and its strategic location (being positioned in a proposed DDO area and recognised as a good candidate for high density development) necessitated early and ongoing engagement with Council Officers and other key stakeholders including VicRoads. Whilst VicRoads were originally opposed to the development, the multidisciplinary ratio: team were able to resolve this and ultimately obtained VicRoads support. 

ratio's consultative approach resulted in a positive officer recommendation, and the granting of a Notice of Decision at a Council Meeting in July. No appeal was been lodged by objectors, with a permit issuing in August.  

ratio: are pleased to be involved in this landmark Reservoir project which heralds the regeneration of the north. 

1026 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Planning

1026-1030 Doncaster Road

Doncaster
  • Client

    JD Group P/L

  • Council

    City of Manningham

  • Location

    1026-1030 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

  • Contact

    William Bromhead

Development Summary

Construction of a 6-storey residential building, including 106 one, two and three bedroom apartments over basement level parking.  The development is designed to front both Doncaster Road and Blackburn Road. 

The site presented a unique development opportunity for the construction of a multi-storey residential building.
ratio: worked closely with Rothe Lowman Architects P/L through the design development stage to realise the approval of a high quality residential development of architectural excellence.
Of note, the site is affected by a number of prescriptive planning controls contained within the Manningham Planning Scheme, with the Design and Development Overlay recommending a 11.0 metre maximum building height for the site.
The challenge for the team was to convince VCAT of the merit of a taller building on this strategic development site. The application was ultimately supported by VCAT, with approval granted in May 2016. Despite the recommended 11.0 metre height restriction for the site, the Tribunal was supportive of a development with a maximum overall height of 16.72 metres.

Car Parking Precinct Plan

Traffic

Cardinia Shire

Beaconsfield
  • Client

    Cardinia Shire Council

  • Council

    Cardinia Shire Council

  • Location

    Beaconsfield

  • Contact

    Tina Webb

Development Summary

The Shire of Cardinia engaged ratio:traffic to prepare a Car Parking Precinct Plan (PPP) for the township of Beaconsfield.  The PPP is the next step in strategic planning for the township, following on from the Structure Plan which was adopted in 2013.

Project Characteristics

Beaconsfield is located 46 kilometres south-east of Melbourne on the southern foothills of the Dandenong Ranges.  The central township includes a thriving neighbourhood activity centre with a mix of retail and commercial activities.  The centre is set to grow as large-scale sites are redeveloped into more contemporary formats.  The Car Parking Precinct Plan provides a blueprint for managing the transport demands of both emerging development and existing car parking resources across the centre.

The Car Parking Precinct Plan has recently been placed by Council on public exhibition, allowing the Beaconsfield community to review the directions of the Plan and provide feedback.  Following the exhibition phase, the PPP will be finalised and formally adopted by Council. 

The Eagle [Stadium] Has Landed

Traffic

35 Ballan Road

Werribee
  • Client

    City of Wyndham

  • Council

    City of Wyndham

  • Location

    35 Ballan Road, Werribee

  • Contact

    Russell Symons

Development Summary

As in all rapidly-growing outer-suburban parts of Melbourne, the City of Wyndham is facing an explosion in demand for sporting and recreation facilities. The Council recently commenced a major expansion of its Ballan Road Sports and Fitness Centre (refer map), doubling the number of indoor basketball courts and including updated Child Care and fitness facilities. On-site car parking was planned for expansion to about 700 spaces, with extra provision for buses.

With an expected doubling of traffic demand, extra traffic access capacity off Ballan Road was needed. To accommodate that, as well as growth in general traffic along Ballan Road generated by new residential subdivisions, a new signalised intersection was required. 

Project Characteristics

ratio: worked with the Project Architect [Williams Ross] to prepare an overall Traffic and Parking Plan for the expansion project. That involved extended negotiations with VicRoads to ensure that the new intersection would provide safely and efficiently for all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.

As shown above, the buildings and site-works are close to complete and the facilities will soon be occupied. The new signalised intersection is already fully operational