Joel Schmetzer

Joel is a Masters qualified urban planner who brings to Hansen a solid knowledge base, with a strong theoretical foundation and practical understanding of planning. This has been honed through his management of a diverse range of strategic and statutory projects for both public and private clients.

Joel has a particularly keen interest in the intersection of urban settlements and the wider natural environment, and ensuring this relationship is managed in sustainable and innovative ways. His passion for planning is derived from a desire to create sustainable settlements and embed climate resilience within communities.

By utilising his strong critical and analytic skills, Joel brings this passion to strategic projects, which to date have involved a range of strategies, structure plans, township plans, character studies, and research-based projects such as discussion papers and policy reviews.

Joel’s exceptional ability to interpret policy and communicate detailed arguments has also been a vital asset for achieving successful outcomes across a range of residential, commercial, and industrial planning applications, and VCAT appeals in both urban and rural contexts.