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:
  • Structure, Master and Land Use Planning
  • Statutory Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Regional Planning
  • Community Engagement
  • Urban Design / GIS
  • Government Relations
  • Demographic and Housing Analysis
  • Open Space and Recreation Planning
  • Environment, Resources and Development Court and Expert Witness
  • Infrastructure Agreements
  • Planning in the Northern Territory
  • Establishment of Precinct Plans and Authorities
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 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 institutional sites. We utilise our strong government relationships 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
  • prepartion of concepts for key precincts.

Our statutory planning experience extends beyond South Australia, with key staff having secured development approvals in several interstate marks, with the Northern Territory serviced since 2008.

We have significant experience in providing statutory planning services to 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.

Our statutory planning experience includes; providing ‘in-house’ or ‘locum’ planning services for local government, with key staff providing such services to more than 18 Councils over the years. We are presently advising four Council’s within the Eyre Peninsula.

Our statutory planning capability is recognised by our key personnel regularly providing expert witness evidence to the ERD Court.

The majority of key tasks are however undertaken by our own team, with specialist skills and capability in respect to:
  • Land capability assessment
  • Development concepts and yield analysis
  • Housing and population assessment
  • Employment land assessment
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Strategic context analysis
  • Policy planning
  • Implementation strategies

Our strategic planning expercise 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 regularly lead large multi-disciplinary teams in undertaking a strategic planning proces.

Services include:
  • Processing, verifying, assessing, determing and otherwise dealing with development applications;
  • Ensuring that the PlanSA planning portal requirements are met;
  • Provide professional advice and information to the public;
  • Preparing written planning assessment reports for the Regional Assessment Panel (RAP);
  • Provision of strategic and planning policy advice, as required; and
  • Assisting the Council with Code Amendment processes.

Our staff have significant experience providing planning services to regional Councils within South Australia. These services include development assessment or statutory planning, strategic planning, review and/or preparation of Code Amendments and community engagement.

Our strategic planning experience includes the preparation of land use plans and social infrastructure assessments for the Northern Territory governments, and planning reviews/master plans for regional Councils in South Australia.

Our statutory planning experience includes providing ‘in-house’ or ‘locum’ planning services for local government, with key staff providing such services to more than 18 Councils over the years.

Currently we provide development assessment services to several Council's on the Eyre Peninsula, including:
  • District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
  • District Council of Franklin Harbour
  • District Council of Streaky Bay
  • District Council of Cleve
  • District Council of Kimba
Community Engagement services we offer include:
  • Preparation and/or peer review of Engagement Plans that comply with the Community Engagement Charter;
  • Preparation of engagement materials and infographics;
  • Coordination and facilitation of engagement activities (such as workshops, surveys, focus groups, etc);
  • Analysis of feedback received as part of engagement activities; and
  • Preparation of Engagement Report, outlining the feedback and recommendations.

As a specialist firm providing urban planning and development services, Future Urban are experienced and well-placed to undertake community and stakeholder engagement tailored specifically to projects involving the development of land and/or rezoning land. Our staff have two consultants who have completed the IAP2 Certificate in Engagement and are able to prepare and deliver engagement plans, including stakeholder analysis and communications, with clear reporting on the feedback and recommendations arising from the engagement.

In addition, as Future Urban team specialise in urban planning and development, your stakeholders and community will have direct access to experts on the subject matter during engagement activities.

This ensures that all communication during the engagement is concise and accurate by removing the ‘middle-person’ and that the feedback received is analysed efficiently by identifying the matters that are key to the delivery of your project.

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 master planned 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.

An urban design presentation may include some or all of the following plans and maps: – site context, planning policy zones and overlays, precinct plans, surrounding facilities and services, sections and elevations, 3D massing, shadow diagrams and concept plans.

Urban design services we offer include:
  • site analysis;
  • master planning;
  • land division;
  • strategic planning;
  • demographic analysis;
  • encumbrance reviews; and
  • design guidelines.

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-qaulity service to national and international investors.

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.

Our services:
  • Open space strategies for local government
  • Master planning for precincts or larger areas
  • Facility planning
  • Design guidelines
  • Site concepts
  • Engagement and placemaking
  • Architectural/design briefs
  • Implementation and grant funding strategies
  • Cost estimates and feasibility studies

Open and recreation spaces are a valuable asset and are essential to creating liveable communities.

Considering the end-user (communities), good planning of open and recreation spaces must consider:

  • The “big picture” – it’s not just about what one building needs, but how the building integrates within an open space network
  • A regional as well as local approach
  • Community needs
  • Informal and passive open space
  • Active open space and sports
  • Place spaces and nature play
  • Natural resources and cultural heritage
  • Events that have the potential to maximise the use of a space

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 development; and
  • 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.

Key services include:
  • Preparation of strategic land use plans
  • Preparation of planning strategies
  • Social infrastructure assessments
  • Demographic and land supply analysis
  • Open space and recreation planning
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Rezoning
  • Development applications
  • Highest and best use analysis

Future Urban is an Adelaide based firm providing specialist urban planning and development services. Our key personnel have extensive strategic planning and development application experience in the Northern Territory. Michael Osborn has managed several planning studies for both the Northern Territory Planning Commission (NTPC) and the Department of Infrastructure Planning and Logistics (DIPL).

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.