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March 2021

ResCode Essentials

March 11, 2021 - March 12, 2021
Your computer, A link to join the webinar will be sent to you the day prior.
$650

The ResCode residential development provisions are a key aspect of the Victorian planning system. This 1.5 day program is your chance to expand your skill set by gaining an understanding of these critical standards. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of ResCode for those who have already mastered the basics. Standards will be explained using real life examples and plans. Issues covered include: Understanding residential development provisions Applying residential development guidelines to planning assessments Identifying the parameters to decision making…

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April 2021

Restrictive Covenants – their meaning, effect and removal

April 1, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Your computer, A link to join the webinar will be sent to you the day prior.
$300

Restrictive covenants are where property law crosses with planning law. A planning permit may not be granted if it would authorise a breach of a restrictive covenant. Restrictive covenants may be ended or modified by planning permit or planning scheme amendment. Yet restrictive covenants are exceedingly complex to interpret. The Courts have said that subtle differences in wording or circumstances can significantly change the meaning of a covenant. In this workshop, you will learn how to interpret a restrictive covenant,…

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Section 173 Agreements – when, why and how?

April 22, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Your computer, A link to join the webinar will be sent to you the day prior.
$300

Every year, thousands of section 173 Agreements are entered into and recorded against land titles. They are legal agreements affecting legal rights. They are authorised by legislation but have been described by the Tribunal as “a hybrid agreement”. Yet they are often drafted by non-lawyers. In this workshop, you will learn the broad principles of drafting and interpreting section 173 Agreements. When and how to use them and when not to use them. Presenter John Rantino, Partner, Maddocks Lawyers

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Planning for Buffer Areas

April 29, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Your computer, A link to join the webinar will be sent to you the day prior.
$300

A central principle of land use planning is to separate conflicting land uses. How does our planning system achieve this and what happens when incompatible land uses get to close? Planning approaches to managing the interface between uses with adverse amenity, health or safety potential and sensitive uses can be varied, complex and lead to inconsistent decision-making. In this half day seminar, we will outline the planning context for uses like industry and infrastructure with adverse amenity, health and safety…

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May 2021

Traffic and Parking: what you need to know

May 13, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Your computer, A link to join the webinar will be sent to you the day prior.
$500

Traffic and parking is a whole different world. This course demystifies traffic and parking, explains the concepts and provides you with real skills needed to undertake traffic and parking assessments. When you complete this course, you will feel confident in discussing concepts with consultants, traffic engineers and the community. The course covers the fundamentals needed to assess and analyse applications that present traffic or parking issues including the calculation of parking, understanding parking ratios and assessing the compliance of car…

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Rural Land Use Planning – Part 1: How to draft a Rural Strategy

May 20, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Your computer, A link to join the webinar will be sent to you the day prior.
$300

Rural land use planning expert Shelley McGuinness will outline how to prepare a Rural Strategy to provide guidance for rural areas within a municipality. The program will outline what matters must be taken into consideration, how a strategy should be scoped and what level of consultation might be appropriate. The program will use real case studies to inform best practice. Presenters Shelley McGuinness, Senior Consultant, RM Consulting Group Check out Part 2 of our Rural Land Use Planning module: Principles…

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Plan Reading Skills

May 27, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Your computer, A link to join the webinar will be sent to you the day prior.
$300

Plan reading is an essential element of every town planners’ skill set. This course is essential for any planning professional seeking to take their skills to the next level. The course will aim to provide attendees with an explanation of the more complex elements of plan reading and plan drafting. It will be a hands-on learning experience where participants will work on developing their professional skills in an interactive setting. The course aims to give participants practical, real-world examples of…

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June 2021

Neighbourhood Character: what you need to know

June 3, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Your computer, A link to join the webinar will be sent to you the day prior.
$500

Neighbourhood character is one of the most contentious aspects of residential development planning. This course discusses the concept of neighbourhood character in the planning context and provides a clear framework for its assessment and analysis. The course focuses on defining what neighbourhood character means in planning. This course includes real life examples using photographs to show different neighbourhood character typologies and to discuss whether these examples ‘respect’ neighbourhood character. We will also discuss and analyse critical VCAT decisions. The session…

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Rural Land Use Planning- Part 2: Principles for Assessing Applications in Rural Zones

June 10, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Your computer, A link to join the webinar will be sent to you the day prior.
$300

Part 2: Principles for Assessing Applications in Rural Zones Assessing applications in rural areas can be challenging. There are a complex series of decision guidelines that must be considered and applications can be scant on detail. In this second part to our Rural Land Use Planning series, John Glossop provides tips and tricks on how to process applications in rural areas and determine whether a permit should be granted. John will provide authoritative guidance about what information should be requested…

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Effective Decision Making Principles for Planners

June 17, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Your computer, A link to join the webinar will be sent to you the day prior.
$300

Just what is relevant to making a decision as a council planner or reviewing an application as a referral authority? What is a valid consideration in your assessment? This half-day program simplifies the architecture of the Victoria Planning Provisions to provide statutory planners with the toolkit to demonstrate confidence in assessing planning permit applications. The program will consider: The parameters for making planning decisions. Understanding decision guidelines. When and how to exercise discretion. Techniques for producing desired outcomes in decisionmaking.…

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