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With extensive town planning knowledge and experience, we’re able to help clients successfully navigate the statutory and strategic planning processes.

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Ratio Planning

We identify planning issues early and advise on the best way forward, allowing everyone to make informed decisions.

The Ratio planning team provides considered advice at every step – from site acquisition and approval strategies to project management, permit applications and scheme amendments.
Our positive relationships and extensive history working with every Victorian LGA means we’re able to bring a solid local understanding to every project.

We regularly appear at VCAT and planning panels as advocates and expert witnesses, providing reliable guidance. We also successfully negotiate resolutions at the compulsory conference stage.

Over the years we have delivered approvals for significant projects that meet commercial expectations, including residential developments ranging from dual occupancies through to high-rise apartment complexes and aged care facilities.

We regularly manage complex commercial, industrial and institutional land use developments that require a detailed understanding of operational requirements. This includes a specialty in childcare centres and educational facility masterplans.

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Permit Applications

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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

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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.