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Message from the Managing Director

This Christmas we celebrate the end of our first full calendar year.  As we reflect on a year that exceeded all of our expectations, we are humbled by the faith that our clients have shown us and proud of the success that we have helped them achieve.  We made a decision when we started PLC that we wanted to attract a team of experienced consultants so that we could provide expertise across the full Project Lifecycle.  That goal continues to be met. In the last 6 months we have engaged an incredibly talented and experienced group of Planners including Tom Harrington, Paul McAleer and George Ward to complement our initial Environmental and Advisory capabilities. The seniority of our team has given confidence to our clients to entrust us with some truly inspiring projects.

Our offering to the market is unique to a boutique firm in that we provide an integrated Planning, Environmental and Advisory capability.

We are immensely proud of the success of a team that has grown rapidly to 12 consultants with key achievements including:

  • City defining Commercial, Health and Residential Planning projects in Melbourne’s CBD
  • Inspiring Sustainability projects such as the ‘Fishermans Bend Sustainability Hub’
  • Technical leadership in Renewable Energy and Waste to Energy projects
  • Business review and change management advisory services for private sector clients and an ASX200 project services company
  • Navigating the changing approvals requirements for Environmental Infrastructure and Resources projects.

Our success this year comes from collaboration with our clients, our staff and our stakeholders. We wish everyone a happy and relaxing festive season and look forward to sharing our excitement for 2018 with you!

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Planning for your project over the Christmas Break

Christmas is coming. Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end… however there are implications for the timing and scheduling of projects which may be under consideration for town planning approval.

While many Council’s stay open over the Christmas break, each Council employs slightly different practices over this time. These include:

– Using an extra week of advertising for planning applications (14 days up to 21 days).
– Deferring advertising planning applications until the new year (From mid-January).
– Not undertaking community consultation on strategic projects through January.
– Council meetings are generally not held mid-December through until late January to decide on planning applications.
– The last Council meeting for the year is usually “chock full”. Matters can be deferred or pushed until the next meeting in January.

As such, we recommend:

1. Checking as to what special arrangements your individual Council uses over Christmas period.
2. Where possible, submitting applications, amendments, or further information responses in November to avoid disappointment.
3. Checking as to when your officer report or Council meeting is timetabled. A conversation with the Council officer assessing the application now can assist in “booking in” the consideration of your application.

Should you have any questions or need assistance with your planning project, please don’t hesitate to contact Tom, Paul or the team at PLC Consulting.

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