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Our team provides solutions to help our clients with complex planning and urban design issues to deliver great outcomes for people, places and planet.  

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Our extensive expertise in statutory and strategic planning and urban design means we can facilitate the sustainable growth of metropolitan and regional centres and provide greater certainty in achieving planning approvals and unlocking the development potential of land.

Planning team
Lynne Sheridan
Executive Director | Planning & Environment | Engagement & Social
Contact Lynne Sheridan for new enquiries
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Haley Rich
Principal Planner
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Renata Ferreira
Principal Urban Design and Strategy
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Danielle Lopez
Senior Planner
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Paris Wojcik
Senior Planner
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Elaine Yong
Strategic Planner
Planning and Urban Design

We’re trusted advisers to government and private industry clients in providing planning and design advice, assessing and preparing local and State significant development applications, developing planning legislation and policy and preparing city-shaping strategies and precinct plans. We have a thorough understanding of the complexities of the planning system and offer our clients a wealth of knowledge derived from our experience working at all levels.

Our strategic planning and urban design team works across the spectrum of design from vision to implementation. We will help our clients develop site specific or precinct plans, masterplans, planning controls, land use strategies, public domain plans and place-making initiatives that deliver great places to live, work and play. A collaborative approach sets our design and planning advice apart. We listen to our clients’ needs and create a vision to help our clients in the public and private sectors plan and deliver high-performing, liveable landscapes.

Our imaginative and innovative design solutions balance community interests, government priorities, heritage values, the constraints of the natural and built environments, economic imperatives, infrastructure requirements and land use patterns to deliver places that inspire the communities that live in them.

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Our services.

Statutory planning and urban design

  • Prepare and assess local and State significant development (SSD) applications
  • Provide advice on Complying development and prepare reports to support certifiers and applicants
  • Provide advice to councils and private clients on changes to the planning system
  • Lead, manage and navigate complex planning processes to give clients certainty
  • Provide urban design and heritage advice on development proposals

Strategic planning and urban design

  • Prepare and assess planning proposals to amend local environmental plans
  • Assess and prepare rezonings for State significant precincts
  • Prepare development control plans, local environmental plans and design guides
  • Develop place-based plans
  • Prepare land use strategies
  • Undertake data analytics including data presentation
  • Prepare precinct plans, master plans and structure plans
  • Project manage a range of complex strategic planning and urban design projects, including management of consultants

Urban design

  • Masterplans 
  • Structure plans 
  • Urban design strategies 
  • Design guides
  • CPTED - Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Policy development

  • Developing and reviewing planning legislation, planning policies and guidelines for government
  • Providing advice to councils on planning policy amendments and requirements issued by the State government

Planning advice & site feasibility

  • Planning advice for applicants and neighbours, including neighbour submissions
  • Advice on planning approval pathways
  • Expert testimony for Land and Environment Court appeals
  • Planning advice to unlock development potential - due diligence and feasibility reports


  • Exempt and complying development training for government and private asset management teams
Planning Services

What we do.

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Strategic plans

develop planning policies, guidelines and legislation

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Provide expert advice

on site feasibility and approval processes to unlock development potential

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Identify planning opportunities

and constraints and recommend strategies to resolve or mitigate risk

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Provide a co-ordinated approach

to preparing and assessing development applications and navigating the approval process

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Consult and collaborate

with our clients to ensure positive and sustainable outcomes

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Research and analyse data

to provide an evidence based approach to our work

Our services

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services provide invaluable support to a wide range of projects. Visualisation and analysis of spatial data aids the planning of fieldwork, provides a desktop assessment of sites, provides evidence to make informed decisions and adds clarity to reports.

With a high level of experience in environmental impact assessment, planning approvals and social impact assessment and research, our GIS professionals can provide high quality data management, analysis and outputs to inform your company’s strategic decisions and project delivery.

Download our Planning Capability Statement
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element’s projects

View our recent planning projects.

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