We use our extensive knowledge and experience to help our clients successfully navigate each step of the statutory and strategic planning processes.

Planning Scheme Amendments

ratio: undertakes planning scheme amendments for both public and private sector clients including the preparation of numerous simultaneous planning scheme amendment and planning permit applications for a wide range of projects, saving client's significant time associated with approval of projects.

Policy Development

We work with a range of private & public sector clients with planning policy, ranging from review of planning scheme amendments affecting use and development of land, preparation of policy for statutory authorities, to development of guidelines to facilitate proposals for private sector clients.

Permit Applications

We have obtained planning permits for our clients on a variety of residential, commercial, entertainment and industrial projects in Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate. Our consultative approach and extensive experience allows us to identify and resolve potential issues quickly.

VCAT Expert Evidence

Our Directors and Associates frequently present expert evidence before VCAT and planning panels for a range of urban planning projects. They work closely with members of the legal fraternity, private and public clients to facilitate positive outcomes by applying their specialist knowledge.

Due Diligence

We perform thorough research and analysis on potential properties in order to determine their accurate value for our clients, mitigating the risk of significant property transactions.

Strategic Planning

We have assisted a wide range of clients with achieving a range of strategic reviews including Planning Scheme Amendments for the rezoning of land, land use reviews, including rural use and industrial land surveys, master planning, including industrial complexes in metropolitan & regional Victoria.

VCAT Advocacy

Due to our industry expertise, ratio:’s planning team are regularly appointed as VCAT advocates for private and public clients. We have acted as representatives for diverse project types at VCAT appeals, mediations, planning panels and Consumer Affairs Victoria appeals.

Property Advice

We use our urban planning and land use expertise to analyse the development potential of specific properties, advising our clients as to whether the land will be suitable for their needs and objectives.

Building Permit Dispensations

ratio: has much experience in the preparation & lodgement of building dispensations, particularly those involving issues of neighbourhood character. With significant experience before the Victorian Building Commission, we have assisted clients in obtaining dispensations to the Building Regulations.