Smith - Urban Planner - Collingwood, VIC, Australia

Nicola Smith

Collingwood, VIC, Australia

Services

Urban Planner

Summary:

Nicola is the Director of Niche Planning Studio Pty Ltd, a specialised planning consultancy based in Collingwood, Victoria. Nicola is a qualified Urban and Regional Planner with over fourteen years experience in a wide range of planning and development roles in government and the private sector in both Victoria and WA.

This breadth of planning and design experience has provided Nicola with an excellent background in coordinating the statutory implementation of major projects, including scheme amendments, structure planning, plans of subdivision and planning permits.

Nicola has strong skills in project co-ordination, communications, negotiation, presentation and facilitation. These skills are highly valued in the variety of projects she leads at Niche Planning Studio.

Nicola has an excellent understanding of all facets of the land development process with significant experience in project management and land development through her previous role as Development Manager with Peet Limited, Victoria.

Nicola’s commitment to the planning profession is evidenced by her continual involvement in the Planning Institute of Australia for the past 13 years. She currently holds the role of Vice President of the Victoria Division of the Planning Institute of Australia

Work History

Director

Niche Planning Studio Pty Ltd

August 2012 - August 2012

Niche Planning Studio draws on more than 14 years of urban planning and communications experience to provide a comprehensive strategic and statutory planning service to clients across Australia.
An illustrated knowledge of planning systems in VIC, WA, NSW and TAS together with a creative approach to both infill and greenfield development ensures our clients are consistently provided with high quality outcomes.

Business Manager/Senior Planner

Smith Street Studio

September 2011 - August 2012

Providing strategic and statutory planning advice to a variety of clients in Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Development Manager

Peet Limited

July 2010 - September 2011

Development Manager for a suite of three land development projects in the South East growth corridor of Melbourne.

Key roles include: Project Management; Project Coordination; Financial Feasibilities; Construction and a broad understanding of company Marketing and Sales objectives.

Senior Associate

Chappell Lambert Everett

January 2003 - January 2010

Responsible for masterplanned projects, project coordination and primary liaison point for key development sites including:
· Assisting in managing project delivery
· Setting project programs
· Coordination, review and facilitation of project consultants tasks & input
· Liaising with co-consultants and relevant government agencies
· Mapping approval processes and requirements

Senior Planner

City Of Mandurah

January 2002 - January 2003

Key roles included coordination of Council Reports and presentation to Council; management of timeframes within a political environment; and overseeing junior staff

Town Planner

Cardno BSD

January 1999 - January 2002

Working within a multidisciplinary team to define and implement major planning and infrastructure projects in metropolitan and regional WA.

Projects

Wyndham Landscape Valuation

Working together with Biosis, Niche Planning Studio provided Wyndham Council with a detailed landscape assessment and costing report placing a value on six different landscapes across the Council. This included providing detailed advice on Developer Contributions, GAIC and perceived land value increase/decrease as a result of open space protection.

Wyndham Landscape Valuation

Working together with Biosis, Niche Planning Studio provided Wyndham Council with a detailed landscape assessment and costing report placing a value on six different landscapes across the Council. This included providing detailed advice on Developer Contributions, GAIC and perceived land value increase/decrease as a result of open space protection.

Various Planning Permits

Niche Planning Studio have experience in dealing with a variety of planning permits across the metropolitan, growth and regional areas, specifically: townhouse development; apartments; mixed use; gymnasiums; retail; warehouses; industrial units; landfill sites; and third party signage.

Mildura Riverfront Masterplan

Working together with Lateral Projects, Mildura Rural Council and Places Victoria, Niche Planning Studio have provided ongoing planning advice in regard to best practice planning outcomes for the redevelopment of the Mildura Riverfront. This advice culminated in the preparation of a masterplan and associated planning permit

Greater Launceston Region Plan

As an urban planner and communications consultant, Nicola worked together with Geografia to prepare a Communications and Consultation Strategy for the City of Launceston. This role involved a high level of government liaison, community consultation and strategic planning to recommend a preferred approach to the long term growth of the greater Launceston region.

Greater Launceston Region Plan

As an urban planner and communications consultant, Nicola worked together with Geografia to prepare a Communications and Consultation Strategy for the City of Launceston. This role involved a high level of government liaison, community consultation and strategic planning to recommend a preferred approach to the long term growth of the greater Launceston region.

Various Planning Permits

Niche Planning Studio have experience in dealing with a variety of planning permits across the metropolitan, growth and regional areas, specifically: townhouse development; apartments; mixed use; gymnasiums; retail; warehouses; industrial units; landfill sites; and third party signage.

Mildura Riverfront Masterplan

Working together with Lateral Projects, Mildura Rural Council and Places Victoria, Niche Planning Studio have provided ongoing planning advice in regard to best practice planning outcomes for the redevelopment of the Mildura Riverfront. This advice culminated in the preparation of a masterplan and associated planning permit.

Greater Launceston Region Plan

As an urban planner and communications consultant, Nicola worked together with Geografia to prepare a Communications and Consultation Strategy for the City of Launceston. This role involved a high level of government liaison, community consultation and strategic planning to recommend a preferred approach to the long term growth of the greater Launceston region.

Qualifications & Certifications

Certified Practicing Planner

Certified Practicing Planner

Master Communications

Edith Cowan University

Bachelor of Arts (Urban and Regional Planning) (1st Class Hons)

Curtin University of Technology

Master

Edith Cowan University

Graduate Certificate Ecotourism Development

Curtin University of Technology

Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Hons)

Curtin University of Technology

Belridge Senior High School

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