Welcome to the new decade. VCAT and PPV both handed down a number of noteworthy decisions and reports prior to Christmas. VCAT highlights include procedural failures with a planning scheme amendment; whether a restaurant is really a bar; failure by a council to achieve award of costs; and whether a telecommunications facility required a permit for use. There is also a Supreme Court decision on whether a council is required to give reasons to refuse to amend a s 173 agreement (answer is yes). PPV highlights include North East Link; a new vision for West Melbourne; relevance of submissions to an amendment; DELWP over-reach on an authorisation; three regional parks and the legal standing of submitters.