To create the 3D visual impact evidence for the upcoming mediation of a medium-rise residential project in an inner urban pocket of Melbourne, the following steps were taken based on the brief from planning lawyers.
Firstly, photography of the street context was conducted on the instructions from the urban planning witness to gather relevant information about the project’s location and surrounding area. To ensure we could montage the entire building into some of the closer-in photography, some of the photos were taken with a slight tilt which then was documented and explained in the statement of methodology.
A 3D point cloud survey of the context was then conducted in order to have absolutely accurate data on how to montage the building in 3D space and confirm photo-matching.
Consequently, 3D models of the proposed development were created, incorporating the latest technologies to accurately represent the design, proposed landscaping and intended aesthetic. Finally, the visual impact evidence was thoroughly reviewed and refined to ensure it accurately depicted the proposed development and its relationship with the surrounding area. Three types of photomontages were provided, with and without proposed vegetation and an outlined version of the proposal on top of the existing photo of the streetscape.
The methodology used was carefully considered to ensure that the visual impact evidence was clear, concise, and accurately reflected the intentions of the project. Through these steps, the team was able to provide the planning lawyers with a clear and compelling representation of the proposed development and its impact on the surrounding area.
Ultimately, the development received a notice of the decision to grant a permit after the VCAT appeal with some planning condition changes.
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