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SD Planning


SD Planning, is a strategic and statutory planning consultancy established in 2015 to meet the growing need for town planning services in metropolitan, per-urban, rural and regional Victoria. We have extensive experience in planning with strong skills in policy review and setting, stakeholder engagement and statutory planning technical drafting, planning law and implementation of planning strategies. We have proven experience securing planning approvals and working on a range of projects with private sector clients, Local and State Government and other Statutory Authorities.


Shannon Davies, Managing Director

Based in Gippsland, Shannon is a highly skilled planner with a wide range of experience in strategic and statutory planning in peri-urban, regional and rural contexts. As director of SD Planning, Shannon is a qualified town planner with more than 15 years’ experience at local government level and as a consultant. 

Shannon has experience working in local government and has worked on and completed a broad range of planning projects. Shannon’s skills and broad experience results in clear and practical policy, reports and plans. From the outset of projects, her work focuses on implementable outcomes. Her experience working with commercial businesses, PSPs and development activities in the Warragul-Drouin corridor has delivered a raft of approvals and good planning outcomes for the region.


Shannon also has extensive experience in public speaking and has presented in a range of forums including VCAT Councillors on the planning process and helping to communicate the benefits of robust planning frameworks.


Shannon enjoys creating more equitable and vibrant places and inclusive decision-making processes. A member of the Planning Institute of Australia and VPLEA, Shannon is an active participant within her profession.


Kate O-Reilly, Director

Based in Melbourne, Kate is a dynamic town planner with a wide range of experience providing development advice and securing planning approvals in metropolitan, urban, and rural contexts. As Director of SD Planning, Kate is a qualified town planner with more than 20 years’ experience having working as a consultant and within local government in both Victoria and the UK.


Kate has experience managing a diverse range of planning applications, including complex major development proposals. Kate heads up the development approvals stream of SD Planning and provides advice and guidance to the rest of the team. She has a keen interest in town centre planning, retail and mixed-use developments


Kate’s excellent communication skills and breadth of experience enables her to bring together the required team and work to achieve optimal planning outcomes. Her project management style ensures that she focuses and detail and deliverability. Kate seeks to develop strong and collegial relationships with her clients and is approachable and responsive. Kate also has extensive experience in VCAT representation and public speaking, having presented in a range of forums.

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