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Tourism & Leisure

We work across Australia, creating thoughtful solutions for complex problems.

Tourism & Leisure
Tourism & Leisure

We know that creating a popular tourist and leisure destination isn’t easy.

To enhance a visitor’s experience, it’s important to identify the unique characteristics of a site and amplify them, while consulting with a range of stakeholders.

Ratio supports every stage of tourism and leisure projects, from site selection to community engagement, permit applications, transport engineering and waste solutions.

We have extensive experience consulting on a range of tourism and leisure establishments ‒ hotels, serviced apartments, resorts, gymnasiums, yoga studios, spin facilities, swimming pools and indoor and outdoor courts.

We can help you develop design strategies and introduce industry best practises to ensure participation of key stakeholders, community groups and affiliated organisations with your project.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.