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SD Planning has three streams of services that it provides to its clients:

Strategy: Implementation and development mainly for agencies, local and state government

Development: Planning approvals and development advice, including due diligence for the private sector, including developers

Planning: Services and report writing to assist in approval times for local government


Strategy (Development and Implementation)


Working closely with agencies, local and state government we specialise in providing advice to ensure that planning and planning frameworks are robust. Since its establishment, SD Planning has worked to develop positive and effective working relationships with a range of agencies, state government departments and Councils. SD Planning’s experience and strong working relationships with the local councils provide the ability to well founded, innovative strategies as well as implementing realistic findings into the Planning Scheme or other key documents in a workable timeframe.


SD Planning has a reputation for working with Agencies, Local and State Government Agencies in a cost effective and efficient manner.


We have also established a range of education tools to assist educate planners, non planners and Councillors, building their understanding of the process of all facets of town planning.


Recent work completed includes:

  • Design and Development Overlay Review for East Gippsland Shire Council

  • Gaming Strategy Implementation for Strathbogie Shire Council

  • Major Town Strategy Plan Review for Moira Shire Council

  • Planning Scheme Reviews and assistance for Bass Coast Shire Council, Yarra City Council and Strathbogie Shire Council

  • Sand Resources: Planning Implementation Report for South Gippsland Shire Council

  • Representation at various conferences in relation to Town Planning and Local Government


Development (Services and Planning Approvals)

We work with a range of private sector clients to provide planning advice needs including:

VCAT representation/advocacy

Site selection and development investment advice (due diligence)

Planning permit application preparation, lodgement and management through the approval process in order to obtain planning consent.

Project management of sub-consultant teams required on large scale or complex development applications

Assisting clients to navigate the Victorian planning system from project inception through to realisation

Assistance with enforcement matters where possible breaches of the Planning Scheme have occurred


SD Planning’s collegial approach and responsiveness is rewarded with a high rate of return clients and referrals. This is attributed to extensive planning experience, delivering practical, cost effective and thorough advice and the established working relationships we have with local councils.

Recent work completed includes:

Commercial advice/approval for various planning permits including:

  • Warehouse and industrial developments;

  • Shopping centre redevelopments;

  • Car-parking waivers;

  • Childcare centres;

  • Retail and office premises;

  • Liquor licences;

  • Accomodation premises; and

  • Function centre, breweries and wineries.


Residential approvals including:

  • Heritage permits;

  • Multi dwelling (unit) developments; and

  • New dwellings and dwelling replacements.


Large scale subdivision:

SD Planning have worked to achieve approval for multi-lot subdivisions within the PSP areas in the Drouin-Warragul corridor. These subdivisions have ranged in size from 80-450 lots. Work undertaken by SD Planning has included development of:

  • Co-ordinating the team of sub consultants providing advice and supporting; documentation for the design and planning application;

  • Preparation of planning statements;

  • Section 56 Assessments;

  • PSP Assessments;

  • Landscaping plans;

  • Design responses; and,

  • Submission of planning applications and management of the planning process.


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Planning (Services for Local Government)

We work with local government and the state government to streamline their planning approvals as well as to assist with report writing to hasten approval times.

We offer VCAT and Planning Panel representation as well as expert witness representation. We also provide business and process analysis for local government clients to assist them with achieving efficiency gains in their internal processes.



Recent work completed includes:

  • Delegate report writing for Cardinia Shire Council, Wellington Shire Council and Whittlesea City Council

  • In-house assistance for South Gippsland Water, Wellington Shire Council Latribe City Council, South Gippsland Shire Council and Baw Baw Shire Council

  • VCAT representation for Cardinia Shire Council

  • Planning Panel Assistance for Baw Baw Shire Council and Latrobe City Council


Internal service reviews and similar work for Bass Coast Shire Council and Baw Baw Shire Council


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