OUR SERVICES

We work in all aspects of planning; urban, regional, coastal and marine.

Our experience includes preparation & review of environmental impact statements, climate change research, environmentally sustainable design, development & design review, coastal infrastructure, preparation & coordination of planning permit applications, advocacy at VCAT & Planning Panels, negotiation & facilitation with stakeholders, preparation & review of strategic policy, master planning, preparation & management of legal cases, and interpretation of planning and environmental legislation relating to both terrestrial & coastal matters.

Influence & Change
Our extensive professional experience across public, private and community organisations, as well as our continued education and professional development, provides us with a strong platform to work will all sectors of society, influence sustainable outcomes and change policy direction for the better. We have extensive experience in engagement with all sectors and stakeholders.

Creating Places
We work with architects and designers in the creation of new places and reinvigoration of others. Providing policy and design advice from conception stage, we prepare site specific planning reports for submission to Council along with permit applications.

Policy
We have extensive Australian and International experience working with all aspects of planning and environmental policy. We know how to achieve the outcomes desired.
Policy development is a multi-faceted aspect of planning; the correct wording and framing of policy can make a significant difference to outcomes.
We can step in at any stage of policy review; incorporating our technical and practical knowledge, as well as bridging the gap between science, engineering and planning policy.

Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD)
ESD is much more than providing a report to Council and ‘ticking’ the box. It has become an integral part of the design and thought process of new buildings, from conception stage through to operation stage. ESD integrates seven principle objectives by which ‘best practice’ is determined:
• Energy performance
• Water resources
• Indoor environment quality
• Stormwater management
• Transport
• Waste management
• Urban ecology

ESD is not met solely through an architectural or engineering approach – it requires a holistic response, one which incorporates planning, architectural and engineering innovation and solutions to achieve best practice for all ESD objectives.

For low density proposals, we work with architects and designers to prepare site specific and policy responsive sustainable design reports which ensure best practice ESD is integrated into the design response.

For higher density proposals, we work with architects, designers and specialised ESD engineers from conception stage to ensure best practice ESD is fully integrated into the design. We prepare comprehensive ESD Reports which also incorporate specialised responses from ESD engineers and the project architect.

Climate Change
Climate change is a significant consideration for planning decision makers. Our Director, Neil Cooney, has extensive knowledge of the science and consequences of climate change, having focused on this issue as part of his Masters research topic.

Neil has both a Bachelor’s (Spatial Planning) and Master’s Degree (Marine Spatial Planning) in Science which sets him apart from most urban planners in Melbourne. These skills, along with practical experience, makes him an integral part of any team preparing policy and planning responses to climate change.

Advocacy
We represent all parties at VCAT and Planning Panels – Councils, applicants and concerned residents. We provide this service in conjunction with Planning Appeals Pty Ltd, under the direction of Chris Mackenzie, Director / Planning Lawyer.