Reformed Residential Zones for Victoria

The reformed residential zones for Victoria have now been released. To help you through, we've prepared this info guide as a reference. We understand more information will be forthcoming from DELWP regarding details and implementation. In the mean time, please feel free to contact us for more information about your specific circumstances.

Paul Beatty, Director  -

Posted on March 30, 2017 .

Planisphere merges with Buckley Vann and JBA

Planisphere is pleased to inform you that we have merged with two urban planning consultancies to form one unified entity, offering an expanded range of services nationally.

Our new partners Buckley Vann, located in Brisbane and JBA, located in Sydney offer a range of multidisciplinary services to expand our collective reach across the Australian eastern seaboard. Together we offer a wide range of urban development services, including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Statutory planning
  • Urban design & landscape architecture
  • Community & stakeholder engagement
  • Urban economics 

Planisphere and our partners look forward to providing you with the same high quality, professional, trusted advisory services across Australia. We will keep you updated as we prepare to hold an official launch of our new company in early 2017.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me on 03 9419 7226 or for any queries.

James Larmour-Reid
Managing Director, Planisphere

Posted on November 10, 2016 .

3RRR's Greening the Apocolypse

There is a crack in everything, that's where the light gets in. Each week the Greening the Apocalypse team (including Planisphere's Kate) talk to the tinkerers and thinkerers, the freaks and geeks from permaculturists and eco-farmers to alt-tech innovators and peer-to-peer information networkers who are growing fascinating new systems through the fault lines of the old.

The podcasts of the show can be found here

Posted on October 5, 2016 .

Engagement in Cyberspace: It’s Real

At the PIA Congress in Brisbane this year a number of YPConnect speakers focussed on active engagement as a fundamental part of what we do. Mitchell Silver asked that we always consider who the subject of a plan really is and what underpins it: people, the environment, democracy, equity...? Sonia Kirby implored the young planners to be fierce and energetic, ‘then do it all again.’ Isabella Allen emphasised the need to meaningfully engage people by not taking too much time and losing your community’s interest. Importantly, she reminded us that planners need to be comfortable with describing what we do, and in using positive language to do so. Amanda Newberry emphasised the need for stakeholder engagement to be easy for the audience. She asked that we consider the effort required for people to attend discussion or drop-in sessions and workshops, often after work. We spoke about the tension between people wanting or needing more time to deliberate, versus the project cycle which often includes a comparatively short period of engagement with stakeholders or local residents.

Posted on October 5, 2016 .

ARDC2016: Upper Murray 2030 Vision Plan

Kate recently presented at the Regional Development Conference in Canberra on the Upper Murray 2030 Vision Plan project. She was joined by Michael Leonhard of the Corryong Neighborhood Centre who discussed some of the exciting initiatives, including a community bakery and community mechanics and training centre, that have been initiated as a result of the project.

The Upper Murray 2030 Vision Plan is the outcome of a community led planning project which identifies and explores the implementation of the “game changing” projects for the Upper Murray. The project is unique as it spans the VIC/NSW border.

Posted on October 5, 2016 .

Competition Entry: The Urban Ribbon

Brisbane is fast becoming a new world city. As it diversifies beyond a night time economy, the need to connect Brisbane’s precincts and unite the central suburbs will be more important than ever. Looking to the future, there are boundless opportunities to harness existing natural energy to ‘plug-in’ to the urban ecosystem. Photosynthesis in the Digital Age connects Fortitude Valley to the CBD through an Urban Ribbon which incorporates four key themes of this year’s ULI Competition; connected, urban, active and sub-tropical.

Posted on October 5, 2016 .

Yarra River Corridor protection gains 'Hard Won Victory' commendation

Planisphere was recently awarded a commendation in the 'Hard Won Victory' for its work on the Middle Yarra River Study at the State PIA Awards.

The purpose of this study is to achieve consistent development outcomes along the Middle Yarra River to ensure that further development does not encroach on the river’s landscape, environmental, aesthetic, cultural and recreational values. Importantly, the study focusses on management of the interface between public and private land along the corridor.

Posted on December 9, 2015 .

We are excited to launch Planisphere's Regeneration which encompasses new people, new directions and new services. 

For 15 years Planisphere has provided award-winning planning, urban design and community engagement services to clients large and small. Now we would like to introduce you to Paul Beatty and Bronwen Hamilton and some fresh directions as we look forward to the next 15 years. Find out about our new people and the services that we now offer here.

We've also developed an urban renewal model which responds to three implementation challenges: unlocking site potential, revitalising streets and spaces and leading the process.

We have always placed a strong emphasis on communication at every stage of a project, with the aim of delivering community acceptance and ownership. Now it’s time to push the envelope on leading the urban renewal process.

Posted on December 4, 2015 .

Place DNA in Regional Victoria

Mike Scott's article published in the June 2015 edition of Planning News looks at six principles that can be applied to settlements in regional Victoria, to liberate creativity in place-making and ultimately nurture and express that which makes a town unique to begin with. Last month, Mike Scott considered Place DNA in Melbourne; this month's article considers Place DNA at work in a number of great regional centres across Victoria.


Posted on June 16, 2015 .

Melbourne: strong DNA, great place!

This article is the first in a two-part series to be published in Planning News over May and June 2015. Mike Scott considers how Place DNA is about "liberating the forces of creativity from the tyranny of arbitrary inspiration." This article advocates six principles against placelessness that focus on localism and may be applied to cities around the world.

Posted on June 16, 2015 .

City Planning Part 3: A Reform Agenda

Value uplift capture is a difficult policy area, but one that cannot be ignored.  Until it forms a more accepted part of the Australian planning system, city planning will continue to fall short of society’s expectations. In this third and final instalment of City Planning: A Reform Agenda, Mike explores Value Capture Uplift  as a mechanism of planning.

Posted on May 11, 2015 .