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Urban Planning

The essence of good planning lies in the careful management of competing interests and stakeholder opinion to deliver a net community benefit, sustainable land use and positive development outcomes.

What we do

At Hansen, we embrace the macro and micro of planning and design to offer creative yet practical strategies, underpinned by sound analysis and effective consultation for public and private clients alike. We consider each project individually, tailoring our approach to deliver successful and enduring outcomes.

The Hansen team is skilled in clearly articulating complex urban planning issues. We are adept at negotiating and balancing recommendations involving various social, economic, cultural and environmental factors. Our access to statutory planning experts ensures the clear translation of recommendations into applicable town planning policies and controls that are workable and flexible.

Our approach focuses on identifying the issues at the outset and engaging in consultation to help identify potential problems and the best way to solve them. We have considerable expertise in project management, leading consultant teams and coordinating all aspects of the planning process.

Our work covers a wide range of property types – metropolitan, regional, coastal and rural. Our experience is broad yet our knowledge is specialised. Our significant portfolio of successful projects covers a diverse range of sectors, including residential, commercial, industrial,  infrastructure and community, education and training, hospitality, and more. Scroll down for a selection of recent projects or contact us for more examples of our work.


Urban Planning services

Development approvals

Hansen has built a reputation in statutory planning across a wide range of development approval projects. We understand the nuances of the planning permit approvals process and use our solid networks and relationships at all levels of government in the delivery of award-winning projects.

Strategic planning

From regional towns to thriving central business districts, our extensive strategic planning project experience includes masterplans, housing strategies, growth area planning, character studies and planning policy amendments. We implement confident, creative and workable solutions for our clients, based on a core understanding of the market conditions, issues, challenges and opportunities ahead.

Expert witness

Our team of experienced planning and design professionals are highly respected for their integrity and expertise.

We have a reputation for providing highly professional, quality expert witness services across a range of jurisdictions, including the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), Planning Panels Victoria, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the County Court and the Magistrates Court.


We have an established and proven track record providing advocacy services to metropolitan and regional local government authorities.  Our team of experienced directors, associates and senior planners offer a range of options at competitive rates to assist clients at VCAT, Planning Panels Victoria and stakeholder meetings, consultation sessions and project milestones.

Urban Planning projects

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