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Boroondara now has planning documents online

The Boroondara council now has documents associated with planning applications available to view on the council website. Users can search for planning applications and then download the pdf documents including plans that were submitted for that application.

This is a huge advance for residents who often cannot make it in to the council offices during business hours to view the plans of developments that may have a major impact on them. According to the council’s news release, the documentation will be available from the date advertising commences and removed once a decision is made.

To view the documents go to the council’s planning register.

One unfortunate side affect of the change to the website is that the harvester used by appears to be broken. I’ll look into fixing this over the weekend. now covers all Boroondara applications

The site now covers all planning applications lodged in Boroondara. is a site where you can enter your address and sign up to be emailed whenever an application occurs near your house. You can set how close the distance is. Below is a map of recent applications lodged within 2km of Hawthorn Station.

View Larger Map helped out by writing some software called a scraper to automatically get the applications from the Boroondara website. I’d recommend checking out A really big thanks to for producing such a useful service!

New planningalerts website

A new website that allows subscribers to be notified on new planning applications has been launched. This looks to be very promising. Once Boroondara is on line then this should provide an excellent service for West Hawthorn residents. From their blog: is a free service which searches as many planning authority websites as it can find and emails you details of applications near you. The aim of this to enable shared scrutiny of what is being built (and knocked down) in peoples’ communities.

Planning Alerts website screenshot is brought to you by the OpenAustralia Foundation with financial assistance from the Australian Government 2.0 Taskforce. It was adapted for Australia by Matthew Landauer and Katherine Szuminska, and is based on the UK site, built by Richard Pope, Mikel Maron, Sam Smith, Duncan Parkes, Tom Hughes and Andy Armstrong.