Welcome to Pip and Georgia

Great people are essential to shaping great communities.  This is why we are excited to welcome two more great people to the URPS team. Pip Williams has joined us as a social scientist/social planner, her 25 years’ experience also covering community engagement. Widely published on public health, ageing, work-life-community integration, social support, community development and […]

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Making Adelaide Loveable

“How do we make Adelaide a loveable city, not just a liveable city?” was a key question posed to those who attended the Adelaide Future City seminar hosted by the Capital City Committee. The keynote speaker, Barry Barton from Right Angle Studio, encouraged attendees to not be overly sentimental about old buildings, rather to view […]

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Welcome Lucas Paterno – Growing URPS’ Victorian Office

We are very excited to welcome Lucas Paterno to URPS. Based in our Melbourne office, Lucas’ focus is on statutory planning, approvals facilitation, and urban design services to private and public sectors. Lucas has a background in architectural drafting and urban design, experience that proved invaluable in his role overseeing the development approvals for the […]

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Seriously at Variance Needs to be Just That – Serious

Determining if a proposal is “seriously at variance” with Development Plan policy can be challenging. The implications of such a determination are significant given the South Australian Development Act states that a planning authority must not grant consent to any development application that is seriously at variance. Woolworths Ltd recently proposed the replacement of a […]

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Congratulations Nicole Halsey

We are very excited to see Nicole Halsey elevated to Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia at the recent PIA SA Awards for Excellence 2017.  Nicole has been a key part of the management team at URPS since our foundation in 2003. Recognised as a leader on the South Australian and national planning stages, […]

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Continuing Support in Agribusiness

This time last year we ran a news article about “why planners need to get behind agribusiness”.  URPS has continued to do this by giving evidence in a recent ERD Court hearing in support of frost fans protecting a vineyard near the Barossa Valley. The proposal involves 6 frost fans spaced at 200-300m intervals across […]

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Community Engagement Reforms – have your say

In August we spoke to you about our experience participating in deliberative engagement sessions to help develop the Community Engagement Charter for Planning in South Australia.  These sessions produced draft principles and early thinking on performance measures for the Charter. The Community Engagement Charter will set a new framework for how community and stakeholders are […]

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We have the technology, let’s use it

Architects have the technology and ability to create fantastic computer models of development proposals.  These models provide quick and easy answers to questions by decision makers during the assessment process.  Our existing decision-making forums, however, have typically not kept pace with this technology. Meeting venues often do not have the technological infrastructure to support operating […]

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Active in Nature

There is nothing more exciting for those of us who facilitate community engagement than seeing feedback influence plans and these plans become reality. URPS has been working with the Department of Environment Water & Natural Resources in recent years to develop investment priorities for metropolitan parks in Adelaide.  This has involved the establishment and facilitation […]

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