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Strategic planning is the process of developing and implementing plans, policies, and strategies to guide the growth and development of cities and urban areas; and regions.

This involves analysing demographic, economic, and environmental trends, identifying opportunities and challenges, and developing solutions to create sustainable, livable, and thriving communities.

We work with a range of stakeholders, including government officials, developers, community groups, and residents, to ensure that plans and policies are responsive to local needs and priorities.

A planning scheme is a legal document that sets out the rules and regulations governing land use and development within a particular area. A planning scheme amendment is a formal process to change the existing planning scheme.

Some of the types of planning scheme amendments include:

  • Zoning changes: This involves changing the zoning of a particular area, which can impact the types of use and developments that are allowed in that area.
  • Development controls: This includes changes to the planning controls, such as building heights and setbacks.
  • Land use changes: This involves changes to the list of permissible land uses in a particular zone, which can impact the type of activities that are allowed to occur on a property.
  • Strategic planning: This involves changes to the planning scheme to reflect changes in government policy or to respond to emerging trends and issues or to facilitate master planning of an area.

The process of a planning scheme amendment can take several months or even years, depending on the complexity of the proposed changes and the level of community engagement required. Ireneinc can assist in ensuring the amendment is complaint with the required legislation and policies and work closely with the consultant team to ensure quality and integrated outcomes.

Master planning is a process of developing a comprehensive plan to guide the development and growth of a specific area or site. The process typically involves analysing the existing conditions, identifying opportunities and challenges, and developing a long-term vision for the future of the area or site.

Master planning is often used for large-scale projects, such as the development of a new community, the revitalisation of an existing neighborhood, or the planning of a major infrastructure project.

The final master plan will typically include a range of recommendations and strategies for the future development of the area or site, including land use and zoning, transportation, open space and parkland, infrastructure, and other important factors that contribute to the livability and sustainability of the area. The master plan serves as a guide for future development decisions.

Urban planning advice and feasibility assessment can help to ensure that proposed urban development projects are viable and have the best possible chance of success, by taking into account a range of factors that could impact the project’s outcomes. This may include analysing zoning restrictions, environmental factors, and strategic plans. Ireneinc as an experienced urban planning firm can provide valuable expertise in conducting the analysis and evaluating the potential risks and benefits of the proposed project and provide guidance on the best way forward.

A development application (DA) in Tasmania is a formal request submitted to a local council or planning authority seeking approval for a proposed development or land use activity. A DA is required for most types of development, including building works, subdivisions, changes to land use, and alterations to existing buildings or structures.

The purpose of a DA is to ensure that the proposed development or land use activity is consistent with the relevant planning scheme. The assessment process typically takes several weeks or months, depending on the complexity of the proposal and the level of community engagement required.

Ireneinc can assist with a planning application in Tasmania by providing expert advice and guidance throughout the planning process, helping to ensure that the application meets the relevant requirements and is approved as quickly and smoothly as possible. Some specific ways in which a private urban planning consultant can assist with a development application include:

  1. Site analysis and feasibility studies: Ireneinc can assess the site and provide advice on the feasibility of the proposed development, including any issues or challenges that may need to be addressed.
  2. Preparation of the development application: Ireneinc can prepare the development application, including the preparation of a planning report and oversee the planning application including providing guidance for plans, reports, and other documentation, to ensure that it meets the relevant requirements and is presented effectively.
  3. Community consultation and engagement: Ireneinc can help to engage with the local community and other stakeholders to ensure that their concerns and feedback are taken into account throughout the planning process.
  4. Negotiation with regulatory authorities: Ireneinc can assist with negotiating with the local council or planning authority to ensure that the proposed development meets the relevant requirements and is approved as quickly as possible.
  5. Post-approval assistance: Ireneinc can assist with the implementation of the development, including any required permits, approvals, or other regulatory requirements.

In Tasmania, a planning appeal is a formal process that allows an applicant or representor to challenge a decision made by a planning authority regarding a planning application. Planning appeals are usually heard by the Tasmanian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (TASCAT), an independent body responsible for resolving disputes related to resource and planning issues.

Ireneinc can assist with planning appeals or representations by providing expert advice and guidance on planning and development issues, helping to prepare and present evidence and arguments to support the appeal, and working with legal representatives to ensure that the appeal is presented effectively.

Some specific ways in which a private planning consultant can assist with a planning appeal include:

  1. Reviewing the planning scheme and other relevant regulations to identify any issues or inconsistencies that could support the appeal.
  2. Providing expert evidence and advice on planning and development issues, such as the suitability of a proposed development or the impacts on the local community.
  3. Preparing and presenting evidence to support the appeal, such as technical reports, maps, or other visual aids.
  4. Collaborating with legal representatives to ensure that the appeal is presented effectively and in accordance with relevant legal and procedural requirements.
  5. Attending hearings or meetings related to the appeal and providing expert testimony as needed.

Overall, a private planning consultant can bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to a planning appeal, helping to ensure that the appeal is presented effectively and that the best possible outcome is achieved for the applicant.

Ireneinc offers accredited bushfire practitioner services. A bushfire practitioner is typically responsible for providing expert advice on bushfire management, prevention, and mitigation to individuals, businesses, and government agencies in Tasmania. The services include:

  • Conducting bushfire risk assessments for properties, including assessing vegetation, terrain, and other factors that could contribute to the risk of bushfires.
  • Developing bushfire management plans for properties
  • Providing advice on bushfire hazard management for strategic work
Some common types of urban design services include:

Site analysis and planning: We can provide site analysis and planning services to evaluate the potential of a site for development and to develop plans and strategies for future use.

Concept design and master planning: Ireneinc can create concept designs and master plans for new developments or regeneration projects, which outline the vision, goals, and design elements of the project.

Streetscape and public realm design and analysis: Ireneinc can provide evidence-based recommendations for streetscape and public realm designs that enhance the pedestrian experience, improve connectivity, and provide an engaging urban environment. Ireneinc also provide comprehensive streetscape analysis to ensure a new development complements the existing character of an area.

Urban design guidelines and policy development: Ireneinc can develop urban design guidelines and policies that provide a framework for development and design decisions.

Urban design and architecture review: This can include reviews of development proposals to ensure they are in line with urban design principles and the surrounding context.

A landscape and visual analysis is a process that involves evaluating the potential impacts of a proposed development on the landscape and visual character of an area. The analysis is often required as part of the planning process for large developments or developments within areas of scenic value.

During a landscape and visual analysis, we will assess the potential impacts of the development on the surrounding landscape, including factors such as changes to landform, vegetation, watercourses, and other natural features. The analysis will also consider the visual impact of the development, including how it will appear from various viewpoints and perspectives, and how it will fit into the surrounding built environment.

Community engagement is an essential part of the planning process, as it helps to ensure that projects are designed in a way that meets the needs and priorities of the community and are more likely to be accepted and supported by the community. There are various types of community engagement in urban planning that Ireneinc can facilitate including:

Informational meetings: These meetings provide information about a proposed development or project to the community. They are typically one-way communications, with little opportunity for the community to provide feedback or input.

Workshops and focus groups: These are small-group discussions where community members can provide feedback on specific aspects of a project. These sessions may be facilitated by Ireneinc or planner and can be useful in identifying community concerns or opportunities.

Surveys and questionnaires: These are useful tools for gathering information from a large number of people. Surveys can be conducted online or on paper and can provide valuable data on community preferences, opinions, and priorities.

Advisory committees and working groups: These groups are made up of community members, stakeholders, and technical experts, and are typically involved in the planning process from start to finish. They can provide valuable input and feedback on various aspects of the project, and help to ensure that the community’s needs and priorities are reflected in the final plan.