Cardno planners shaping future for communities

Successful planning and development requires a sound appreciation of the place, the regulatory and economic environment, community aspirations and client objectives.

With an understanding of these requirements, Cardno’s town planners are helping to shape the future of Australia and New Zealand environments in which they work, creating unique and functional places for people to live, work and play.

We have planners in fourteen offices throughout Australia and New Zealand, working on projects from development approvals and due diligence, through to strategic plans for sub-regions, and with experience ranging from high-density city centre developments to suburban commercial and greenfield residential development and development proposals in sensitive environments.

Cardno’s planners are encouraged to achieve the highest standards of professionalism. Many of our professionals are active in planning institutes and industry organisations, such as the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) and Property Council of Australia (PCA).

Six of our planners have been recognised as Fellow or Life Fellows of the Planning Institute of Australia – our philosophy is that this focus on excellent professional practice will translate into better results for our clients.

Our planners are adept at coordinating and synthesising the inputs of the myriad of technical disciplines involved in land planning and development, and being multidisciplinary means we can develop a complete solution, using in-house expertise if needed.

We have experience working with clients from right across the private sector, as well as for local, state and commonwealth governments.

We have: provided development assessments for infrastructure projects in the utilities and resources sectors; provided assistance to developers for greenfield and brownfield developments including urban design input; worked to assist local governments prepare their planning schemes, assess development applications and provide general strategic advice; and worked with state and commonwealth governments to provide due diligence and carry out land use studies.

Some of our recent projects include:

  • The FV mixed use building complex proposed for Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, where Cardno planners collaborated with the developer, Brisbane City Council, architects and other consultants in designing the project, before administering a fast three-month development approval process.
  • Australia China Theme Park – Cardno’s Sydney planners co-ordinated preparing the documentation and development application material for the proposal, at Warnervale on the New South Wales Central Coast.
  • Cockburn Central – On this award-winning West Australian project, we worked collaboratively with government agencies and a multidisciplinary team of consultants, and the local community, to prepare structure plans for both Cockburn Central Town Centre and Cockburn Central West. Design guidelines also were prepared for Cockburn Central.
  • The Village Exchange - Havelock North Village. Cardno planners from our Hawkes Bay (NZ) office recently worked with our client’s design team to design, document and obtain Resource Consent for a mixed use tourism development, resolving challenging contextual urban design issues.
  • Rail Interchange Planning - Cardno planners in the Sydney office contributed land use planning advice  to Transport for NSW,  for 14 rail interchanges in metropolitan Sydney and across NSW
  • Statutory planning schemes for Queensland local governments including Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Somerset and Goondiwindi.

For further information please contact:
Jeff Humphreys, Senior Principal e: jeff.humphreys@cardno.com.au


Gurner's FV Project in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley


Australia China Theme Park Master Plan, Warnervale, NSW Central Coast


Cockburn Central, Cockburn, Western Australia