We bring a strong market understanding and appreciation to projects, providing pragmatic commercial advice to our clients.

Our Capabilities

Our team has many years of experience in delivering successful and innovative outcomes for clients in the areas of:
  • Urban Design
  • Major developments
  • Strategic planning
  • Statutory planning
  • Establishment of precinct plans and authorities
  • Structure, master and land use planning
  • Environment, resources and development court and expert witness
  • Infrastructure agreements
  • Private certification
  • Demographic and housing analysis
  • Government relations

Our team has been responsible for major planning initiatives at both a policy and practical level, from inner city urban regeneration and city towers to new community planning and rezoning, meaning we can lead the planning process from start to finish.

Our involvement in projects includes project leadership and/or management of large teams, and critical planning and development inputs to assist with the preparation of an implementable plan.

We utilise a range of design, analytical and drafting programs, including:
  • Adobe Design Suite
  • AutoCAD
  • Revit
  • QGIS
  • NearMaps

We have experience in strategically designing master plan and precinct plans for a range of land uses, including residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.

We review each site based on its unique context, surrounding facilities, amenity, prevailing attributes and constraints to ensure a robust design is created which highlights the best uses for the site.

The urban design exercise includes a thorough review of the relevant planning policies for the site to understand the extent and full capability of the design.

Urban Design services we offer include:

  • site analysis;
  • master planning;
  • land division;
  • strategic planning;
  • demographic analysis;
  • encumbrance reviews;
  • shadow diagrams;
  • 3D massing models; and
  • design guidelines.
We have significant experience in major development facilitation having been responsible for the delivery of major planning projects in the areas of development assessment, policy and strategy. These projects include large scale city and urban corridor projects, urban infill, regeneration and rezonings.

We work closely with our clients and key stakeholders to fully understand and realise their objectives so that we can create, lead and/or tailor multi-disciplinary teams to deliver major projects.

Our fundamental approach to major project facilitation is to ensure that our clients fully understand and agree to approval strategies, and key stakeholders throughout the process.

Our strategic planning expertise is derived from our wide array of experience across the private and public sectors. We have a strong understanding of political and community influences, commercial realities and the various processes involved to both undertake and influence strategic planning exercises. We strongly believe that any strategic planning exercise or process must be commercial to assist in delivering projects on the ground.

We understand the strategic context, the political complexities, commercial realities, community expectations and the processes involved in undertaking major strategic planning exercises.

We make sure that we are constantly informed of market needs and trends, industry and political developments, and use our expertise, reputation and connections to deliver optimum outcomes.

We have significant experience in working with both the private and public sectors. Our approach to development assessment considers the social, economic, cultural, environmental and political context of each situation.

We are very experienced in the pre-lodgement development assessment and design review processes for large scale city and infill projects and have been responsible for securing a high number of Pre-Lodgement Agreements from the Government Architect particularly for over-height development.

We have been responsible for successfully leading/project managing large teams to identify, negotiate and address issues with all key stakeholders to deliver high quality planning outcomes and approvals that exceed our client’s expectations.

We have recent experience in initiating what will be the first Precinct Plan in South Australia initiated by the Minister for Planning. Through a process of stakeholder engagement, we have been part of a team that will create a first in the renewal of a concentrated housing trust area.

Having been charged with the preparation of a Business Case to support the initiation, the Precinct Plan will establish:

  • a partnership between government, council and the proponent to deliver a high-quality significant development across private and pubic land;
  • a coordinated approach to planning, design and delivery of infrastructure assets, community facilities and public realm involvements;
  • a master plan and implementation through an extensive engagement process;
  • a more dynamic policy framework that can be easily changed to respond to market preferences; and
  • an efficient assessment process to ensure product can be delivered quickly on the ground.
We utilise the following graphical, analytical and drafting products:
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Sketchup Pro
  • ArcMap
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign

Our team has extensive experience in leading, or being involved in, various structure/master/concept planning exercises whether they be large landholdings on the urban fringe, infill or redevelopment sites within urban areas, main streets or major insitutional site. We utilise our strong government relationshipd to negotiate commercial outcomes for our clients.

Our involvement in these projects has included project leadership and/or management of large teams, critical planning and development inputs to assist with the preparation of an implementable plan, including:

  • site analysis investigations;
  • infrastructure investigations;
  • traffic and transportation analysis;
  • retail spending, economic and employment research and modelling;
  • community services needs analysis;
  • recreation and open space investigations
  • environmental assessments;
  • demographic analysis;
  • market evaluations and product assessment;
  • government and council liason and negotiation;
  • stakeholder consultation
  • urban design/master plan charettes;
  • governance; and
  • preparation of concepts for key precincts.
The Environment, Resources and Development (ERD) Court is a specialist court dealing with disputes, and enforcement of laws, relating to the development and management of land, the natural and built environment, and natural resources.

Our team has represented clients in this Court at compulsory conferences seeking to compromise with relevant authorities, or alternatively, as independent expert witnesses to provide evidence when a matter proceeds to a hearing before a Commissioner or Full Bench of the Court.

We have worked closely with clients in assisting with the identification of a need to upgrade existing hard and soft infrastructure arising from an increase in demand from the development of significant infill, regeneration areas and greenfield sites.

Our team has experience in facilitating, and advising, on infrastructure provision as it relates to:

  • large land divisions resulting in multiple land parcels and disparate landowners and the apportionment of contributions toward infrastructure;
  • large scale development applications, such as major developments;
  • the resulting facilitation of Land Management and/or Infrastructure Agreements where appropriate.

Our experience in this sphere extends to rezoning proposals on behalf of clients through the identification of potential infrastructure requirements and the assembly of specialist resources to document, and make provision for future, infrastructure requirements following the rezoning process.

Through our experience, we have the capabilities to understand cities, regions and communities – their role and function, how they compare, and how and why they are changing. We can examine the dominant and emerging demographic characteristics of a place such as age, disability, disadvantage, education, employment and income.

We understand local areas and communities of interest through their demographic characteristics relating to people, households and housing. We align demographic analysis to relevant geographic boundaries that translate into community planning scenarios.

We use location-based demographics to inform planning for socioeconomic or demographically targetable issues, such as ageing and retirement, childcare and education, disability and disadvantaged, and health and well-being.

Our rigorous framework and proven methodology analyses housing consumption patterns, capacity and affordability to inform responsible housing policy – sustain your population base, protect key residential areas from inappropriate development and respond to changing needs for the development.

Key relevant projects undertaken by key staff include:
  • population and housing projections to inform rezoning of major growth areas including Playford, Alice, Blakeview, Roseworthy, Two Wells and Mount Barker
  • school aged population projections for various independent schools
  • Regional Land Use Plans for Alice Springs and Tennant Creek
  • Social Infrastructure Assessments for Alice Springs and Litchfield (NT) and multiple rezoning proposals in SA
We are very experienced in representing interstate and international investors in all planning matters to ensure they fully understand the political, cultural, commercial and procedural differences in the delivery of projects in South Australia.

With a growing portfolio of national and international investor clients, long-standing board representation on key industry and government bodies, we have established and respected relationships with large financial institutions, other like-minded businesses and key government officials to provide a transparent, honest and high-quality service to national international investors.

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