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Commercial & Retail
Commercial & Retail

We use our extensive experience to navigate the increasingly complex regulatory environments and to ensure you have a permit in your hand as early as possible.

The permit approval process can be challenging, often resulting in delays or unforeseen conflicts with authorities or objectors.

We have experience obtaining approvals for diverse and complex commercial projects in Melbourne and regional Victoria including office, industrial, mixed-use developments, gaming venues, bars, taverns, medical facilities, recycling plants and intensive agriculture.

Our transport expertise extends to all aspects of retail development, from site feasibility studies to expert witness work, and we specialise in preparing waste management plans to suit all commercial and retail layouts.

We are results-driven, working collaboratively with our clients to leave a legacy for the future of Melbourne and Victoria as a great place to do business.

Services

Permit Applications

Planning

Planning

We use our extensive experience to navigate increasingly complex regulatory environments, ensuring that you have a permit in your hand as early as possible.

Our town planning team are experts at approval strategies for all types of projects. With a deep understanding of the planning process, we know where to push boundaries and where there are risks. We can provide clear advice on the prospects of permit success.

We regularly obtain planning permits for every type of project across Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate. We've helped gain planning approval for everything from childcare centres to educational facility masterplans, gaming and licensed venues to residential and commercial projects.

VCAT and Panel Representation

Planning

Planning

Expert witnesses and panel representation can be critical in achieving permit success. That's why engaging Ratio can make a huge difference to your project.

Honed by hours under cross examination, our expert witness planners and urban designers regularly provide trusted and convincing advice across a range of specialties.

We are talented advocates, able to put your case forward strongly and persuasively for VCAT appeals, mediations, planning panels and consumer affairs.

Our extensive expert witness and advocate experience means that we can provide reliable and informed advice, guiding your project's success.

Planning Due Diligence

Planning

Planning

We identify planning issues early and advise on the best way forward.

Ratio's due diligence assessments combine our planners' comprehensive understanding of planning controls with the project's commercial viability.

As an essential first step in any project, a Ratio due diligence assessment provides a clear vision of the opportunities and risks of any potential site.

Planning Scheme Amendments

Planning

Planning

We're here to help bring projects to life, even if that means guiding you through the often-lengthy planning scheme amendment process.

Ratio has extensive experience with changing property zones and adjusting development controls for projects constrained by the existing planning scheme.

With our network of connections across local and state government, we're here to ensure that everyone works together for the good of your project.

Gaming and Liquor Licenses – Social and Economic Impact Assessments

Planning

Planning

Our planning team are knowledge specialists when it comes to gaming and liquor licensed venues.

We regularly manage applications for licenses through the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

We provide an experienced and authoritative voice as experts in this space. Our team are often called upon to give expert evidence at VCGLR hearings and provide social and economic assessments that can determine a net community benefit.

Transport Impact Assessments

Transport

Transport

We are valued for the intelligence of our people, the ingenuity of our approach, and the years of knowledge embedded in our organisation.

Our comprehensive transport impact assessments provide a detailed document that addresses all relevant statutory and policy requirements.

We start with your requirements and work with you to develop a clear strategy for your planning application. We support you throughout the permit process and assist with any post-submission issues.

Every site is unique, and so is every Ratio transport impact assessment. From collecting relevant parking and traffic data to providing meaningful analysis and sound technical advice, we work across every sector to deliver an assessment tailored to your project.

Expert Evidence

Transport

Transport

We understand the importance of independent and trusted expert witness testimony. That’s why we’re so proud of our large team of respected, reliable and evidence-based transport experts who regularly appear at VCAT, Planning Panels Victoria and in Supreme Court matters.

We offer representation across sectors, from small scale transport, planning and environmental matters to large strategic and major infrastructure projects.

Transport Design

Transport

Transport

Transport design requires big picture thinking and an eye for detail like no other. Our team of transport designers and traffic specialists bring a vast amount of knowledge, experience and highly regarded design abilities to your project’s transport needs.

We offer a full suite of transport design services, creating innovative and refined designs for everything from car parks to road network plans, swept paths, traffic signal plans and road safety audits.

We take the time to understand your requirements and apply progressive thinking to ensure we design a holistic and economical transport solution.

Sustainable Transport

Transport

Transport

At Ratio, we work together and with purpose towards a more sustainable, liveable and positive future for all.

We combine specialist knowledge with innovative thinking to plan and recommend sustainable transport solutions for your project. We help to create transport environments that encourage access by foot, bike, car-sharing or public transport.

Ratio regularly works with government agencies to guide transport policies that work towards a sustainable future.

Car Parking

Transport

Transport

Ratio’s transport team bring a vast amount of specialist knowledge and hands-on experience to your car parking project.

We’re industry leaders in designing parking precinct plans, parking layouts and mechanical car stackers, lift and hoist parking systems.

We’re proud of our innovative car park designs, and trusted partners in shaping car parks for all types of developments.

Due Diligence

Transport

Transport

The depth of knowledge and experience at Ratio uniquely qualifies us to provide comprehensive Due Diligence Assessments for our clients.

Our Due Diligence Assessments identify all relevant traffic and transport-related issues, concisely conveying the potential risk, opportunities and constraints that may occur during the development process.

Our clients particularly value our ability to provide considered potential solutions to any issues identified during the due diligence process, saving them both time and money.

Traffic Management – Construction and Local Area

Transport

Transport

We're here to help bring projects to life, including planning your traffic management.

Our transport specialists undertake extensive analysis of your project before devising a traffic management plan. Working with local authorities and engineers, we collaborate to create a seamless journey for road users.

We know that traffic management is a critical part of constructing your project. Our transport engineers have extensive experience creating traffic management plans that consider both safety and every facet of construction-related traffic. As requirements often change throughout a project, we provide ongoing support to ensure traffic continues to flow.

We specialise in local area traffic management plans that address traffic, safety and amenity issues for residential areas. We’ve created innovative traffic solutions for highly sensitive and complex projects such as schools and childcare centres.

Pre-land Acquisition Testing

Urban Design

Urban Design

Finding the right site to suit your project can be a challenge. Our planning, urban design and transport capabilities can help clarify your decision to acquire land for development or subdivision. We analyse the potential of your site and provide advice on the possible risks, or potential opportunity sites within a municipality, including identifying the relevant planning controls and formulating volume capacity.

Urban Design Statements

Urban Design

Urban Design

The preparation of Urban Design Statements to accompany a planning permit application to government assists in demonstrating the architect’s thinking and setting the proposal in its planning and policy context for decision makers.

Expert Evidence

Urban Design

Urban Design

Our expertise across a wide variety of development types and scales forms a strong foundation of knowledge that is regularly sought for the purpose of expert testimony to VCAT, Planning Panels and Advisory Committees.

Our urban design experts regularly provide specialist urban design analysis and advice at the RFI stage of the planning application process as well as for the settlement of plans at mediation or compulsory conferences. Prior to the formation of advice, a site and context analysis and detailed assessment of the architectural plans is required to inform an expert opinion.

Technical Assessments and 3D Built Form Modelling

Urban Design

Urban Design

We can prepare a variety of built form modelling and technical visual impact analysis. We use modelling and visual analysis in-house to support our traffic and planning teams, as well as to inform our urban design assessments and advice, evidence statements, feasibility and due diligence work and peer review.

Waste Management Plans

Waste Management

Waste Management

Ratio specialises in preparing waste management plans for town planning applications, big and small. We understand the complex waste requirements of all types of developments, from commercial and mixed-use developments to high-rise residential, industrial and everything in between.

We are proud of our working relationships with council waste service departments, and we're always evolving our waste management plans to address your council's specific waste requirements.

Spatial Design for Refuse and Collection Areas

Waste Management

Waste Management

Ratio's environmental consultants offer practical and economic design expertise, ensuring that your bins and waste management equipment are easily accessed and manoeuvred with sufficient circulation for the area.

Waste Swept Path Assessments

Waste Management

Waste Management

Ratio’s multi-disciplinary consultancy enables us to prepare our own waste truck swept path assessments to accompany waste management plans.

Creating our own swept path assessments allows us to ensure that appropriate vehicular access and circulation is provided for waste vehicles, without any project delays.

Waste Equipment Specifications

Waste Management

Waste Management

We provide our clients with recommendations and spatial advice for a range of waste management solutions, including chutes (dual and single plus diverter), organic processing units, carousel and compacter systems.

Waste Avoidance and Separation

Waste Management

Waste Management

Our environmental consultants provide strategies to minimise landfill and maximise the recyclability of the various recycling streams.

We understand the importance of the separation of recyclables into distinct streams to reduce contamination rates and damage to recyclables and we possess an in-depth knowledge of systems available for on-site management, processing and re-use of food organics.