For some, the words “town planning” would be enough to send shivers down their spine.

For others, they might have grand plans for their property, but not have the faintest clues of what town planning is or how it will ultimately shape the approval of their future property plans.

Thankfully, there are few things Barker Monahan’s specialised town planning consultants love more than helping property owners achieve their property dreams.

Barker Monahan’s town planning services help to all types of property owners including:

  • Property developers
  • Small-to-medium scale property investors
  • Home owners

Whether you are a full-scale property developer, an investor struggling to work out what is actually possible with your latest purchase or a mum-and-dad home-owner looking to extract maximum value from your family home, Barker Monahan’s town planning consultants can help you through the town planning process.

As you will learn below, town planning can be a complicated process and every Council’s planning department has their own processes and rules.

At Barker Monahan, we specialise in helping our clients plot a successful path to town planning success. You can have complete confidence in our expertise and knowledge of various local councils across Melbourne.

What Is Town Planning?

Whether you are turning a single dwelling into three units, several hectares into a new estate or a block of units into an apartment complex, you will need to consider a wide range of factors and laws.

Town planning is the process of understanding what a property owner is planning to do with their property, understanding the State and local laws and regulations which apply to the property, compiling expert advice and recommendations of people such as architects, traffic management experts and other consultants, and putting forward an application with the best chance of approval from local government.

Part of this process also deals with anticipating any possible objections and being able to contest any such objections in VCAT, if required.

Essentially, town planning revolves around understanding the lay of the land, what is permissible where you are building and how your development will affect the surrounding area.

For example, if you are looking at knocking down the old family home and building two units, your planning application will need to satisfy Council requirements, laws and regulations such as:

  • State and Local policy frameworks
  • Minimum garden area
  • Minimum habitable space
  • Traffic management plans
  • Waste management plans
  • Covenants (for eg. Applying for the removal of single-dwelling covenants)

It can also mean the process of rezoning land to ensure your development is viable.

Town planning is a term which is often used interchangeable with the below specialisations within the town planning field:

Urban Planning - Inner city and suburban planning. Typically deals with medium and high density housing and mixed use developments.

Peri-Urban Planning - A mix between urban and rural planning. Usually occurs on the urban fringe.

Rural Planning - Typically deals with agricultural land use and the fragmentation of land in rural areas.

Coastal Planning - Typically deals with planning in coastal areas and accounts for additional factors such as rising sea levels.

Barker Monahan brings strong expertise across all aspects of town planning to the table, meaning you can be confident in the ability of our town planning department to help you achieve your property goals, whether in the heart of Melbourne or in rural Victoria.

Why Use Barker Monahan’s Town Planning Service?

Barker Monahan has a proud reputation as a reliable consultant for all things town planning to many of Melbourne’s local councils.

In fact, our staff have great experience working within local councils.

Why is this important?

Because we understand local government. We understand the different councils, their varying rules and regulations and what they want to see in the planning applications that come across their desk.

This expert advice will ensure Barker Monahan can help you:

  • Analyse your plans for your property and provide pertinent advice on how your plans can be enhanced
  • Provide you honest and realistic feedback on your development plans before you start the application process
  • Prepare and submit a planning application
  • Prepare for potential objections and answer them if they present themselves
  • Represent you at VCAT
  • Provide expert evidence at VCAT

We understand the process from start to finish ensuring Barker Monahan can provide all types of developers a professional and holistic suite of services.

Our ability to foster close working relationships with a number of specialized consultants, such as traffic engineers, architects, landscapers, heritage consultants, arborists and ecologists ensures your team of specialists works smoothly to achieve the best result possible.

Barker Monahan's town planning services bring absolute clarity to the matters at hand and combine expert advice from a wide range of specialists to ensure a detailed planning process and application you can trust.

Barker Monahan’s expert town planning services can be engaged at any point of the planning process.

Whether you are looking for some advice on what is viable before you purchase a property, or stuck in the middle of the planning process and can’t seem to navigate the objections of council and/or the local community, Barker Monahan can be relied upon for great advice and even better solutions.

Large or small, we can help with your Land Surveying and Town Planning needs