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New Communities

For how we will live.

New Communities
New Communities

While our projects shape cities, it’s the human-scale benefits that drive us. We balance the needs of the build environment, natural landscape, community wellbeing and commercial outcomes.

We know how to guide the creation of emerging communities while also achieving policy objectives that deliver an integrated result.

We understand that new communities must enhance the cultural and geographical assets of an area, while remaining responsive to the neighbourhood’s needs.

New communities are long-term projects with generational timelines, and we value the opportunity to think about the contributions new communities make to their area.

Services

Master Planning/Subdivision, Strategies and Frameworks

Urban Design

Urban Design

Our urban design team is experienced in the preparation of concept masterplans for greenfield, brownfield and infill new community developments. We specialize in projects ranging from smaller scale subdivisions to high-level strategies and frameworks for townships and activity centres. We regularly work with a team of professionals and understand the project requirements for effective and timely communication.

We understand the practical challenges of meeting civil engineering and road network requirements. Our team listens to our clients, identifies challenges and opportunities of each locational setting and applies our extensive experience in urban design, planning and transport engineering to design sustainable master-planned communities. Through our innovative design solutions, we respond not only to our client’s requirements but also to the changing needs of an established or establishing community as well as emerging markets. Our layouts skilfully resolve and integrate the need to maximize yield with the requirement to deliver high quality planning and design outcomes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Project Inception Advice & Assessments

Urban Design

Urban Design

We offer preliminary urban design advice and assessments at project inception. Our assessments are valuable risk management tools that clarify the relevant planning context and physical influences that affect the development potential of a site.
We can provide upfront advice before the design process commences, or alternatively, feedback on proposals close to lodgement.

Movement and Place Assessments

Transport

Transport

We are proud to be part of projects that shape cities, neighbourhoods and places for people. Ratio recognises that streets perform multiple functions as both transport links and destinations in their own right.

Our interdisciplinary services across urban design, planning and transport have a unique ability to consider all aspects of movement and place assessments. Ratio’s movement and place team collaborate with government and community stakeholders to enhance the safety, accessibility and enjoyment of activity centres.

We create sustainable and comprehensive solutions to complex urban challenges.