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Enhanced community and government expectations mean that land use planning systems are becoming increasingly complex. We’ll work with you to realise more sophisticated planning responses, which result in more effective land use and development outcomes.

Our teams are focused on achieving integrated and sustainable land use solutions. We aim to understand your needs and to provide targeted solutions which add value to your project. Private sector consulting, combined with local and state government experience mean our teams understand and negotiate the practical and political aspects of land use planning.

Our planning approach facilitates timely, straightforward and cost-effective project delivery.

Services

  • Statutory, strategic & integrated approvals
  • Property services
  • Cultural heritage services
  • GIS/spatial data planning services
  • Design and documentation
  • Legislative compliance
  • Community consultation
  • Social planning

For further information, contact:

Monique Roser
Service Line Leader, Planning - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T +61 2 9239 7319
E: Monique Roser

Paul Murphy
Service Line Leader, Planning - North America
T: +1 571 325 5048
E: Paul Murphy 

Abu Dhabi Business Park – masterplan and design guidelines

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The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) commissioned GHD to provide a master plan for a Business Park development adjacent to its new Terminal 3. The Business Park will contain airport-related offices and a hotel, as well as other corporate offices that favour proximity to the airport. Consideration of the existing and proposed road accesses and parking areas is vital as the Business Park must not impede or hinder airport traffic flow.

The Abu Dhabi International Airport Business Park will provide an opportunity for businesses to locate close to the airport. It incorporates professional and quality based design in keeping with the stature of the adjacent international airport.

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Australian National Ports Strategy

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Launched in January 2011, the Australian National Ports Strategy provides a coordinated planning approach to assist Australian governments in planning for port infrastructure and the associated road and rail linkages that connect these important gateways to all Australian cities and towns.

Through the provision of five themed background papers, several presentations and support at two stakeholder forums, one in Melbourne and the other in Adelaide, GHD assisted Infrastructure Australia and the National Transport Commission to develop a draft strategy.

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Ballina Foreshore Master Plan

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River foreshore issues are potentially controversial and need strong community and council involvement if they are to be resolved. GHD completed a master plan for the Richmond River foreshore.

The plan, which was developed for the New South Wales Department of Lands and Ballina Shire Council, has received strong community, council and government support.

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Bane Canyon Access Road, San Bernardino, California

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In San Bernardino County near the borders of Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties, the City of Chino hills houses the Chino Hills State Park. This park includes amenities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding (including on-site stables), car and tent camping, and site seeing.

The entrance to the park was a treacherous, narrow dirt road, within Bane Canyon. About two and a half miles into the park grounds, an existing paved two-lane road provided access to amenities. Rain events forced the park to close for several days afterwards due to the dangers associated with the dirt road.

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Bulk Water Alliance

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The Australian Capital Territory Electricity and Water Corporation (ACTEW) and ActewAGL are using alliance contracting to deliver four large-scale water supply projects to secure water supply for the people of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

ACTEW Corporation and ActewAGL have partnered with GHD, Abigroup and John Holland Group to form the Bulk Water Alliance and deliver these projects over the next three years

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Coronado Transbay inspection and rehabilitation analysis, Coronado, California

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The City of Coronado selected GHD to perform the inspection and rehabilitation analysis and design for its Original Transbay Sewer Force Main which was in continuous service from its construction in 1974 until mid-2007. The original force main is approximately 3,600 linear feet of 24-inch ductile iron pipe buried approximately five feet below the bottom of San Diego Bay.

GHD coordinated all field work with the City. Prior to inspection, GHD and the project team developed a risk management plan in order to identify potential problems or issues that might occur during the inspection process and describe procedures for resolving the issues and protecting both worker safety and water quality. Traditional closed circuit television (CCTV) sewer inspection was not a viable method to inspect the interior of the original force main because of the distance between access points, steep slopes, and difficulty in dewatering the original force main. The inspection was successfully completed within 10 hours, and without the need for dewatering the pipeline.

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Craggy Ridge Estate

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Craggy Ridge Estate is a proposed eco-tourism and residential development that centres on environmental and community sustainability. Located in Tasmania’s north, the development site is an elevated plateau affording 360 degree views of the Tamar Valley and surrounding area.

 

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Forster Tuncurry Housing Strategy

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GHD was engaged by Great Lakes Council in New South Wales to prepare the Forster Tuncurry housing strategy. The strategy assessed the adequacy of existing housing supply in the area to meet current and future housing demand.

The strategy emphasised the need for a mix of housing types to meet future population demands, including higher density homes in appropriate locations to improve resident access to services and efficient transport systems.

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Highbrook Business Park

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Highbrook Business Park in New Zealand is nearing completion after a twelve-year involvement by GHD.

GHD was part of a team of international designers who developed the concept for the 190ha Highbrook Business Park, adjacent to Auckland’s Southern Motorway. Highbrook Business Park has attracted tenants from a wide range of businesses and will eventually accommodate up to 12,000 employees in 550,000sq m of industrial and commercial floor space.

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Huon Valley Land Use and Development Strategy

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GHD and Huon Valley Council have set a new standard for strategic planning, taking out two major awards for their work on the Huon Valley land use and development strategy.

The strategy was undertaken as a precursor to the development of a new single planning scheme for the Huon Valley, which covers a significant portion of the south-western part of Tasmania. Previous planning schemes pre-dated the amalgamation of three former councils. A single document containing modern policy directions for the whole area was seen as a logical and necessary approach for the future.

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Hyne Upgrade – Timber Processing Mill

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Hyne's timber processing mill at Tuan, Queensland is undergoing major upgrades to increase the mill's efficiency and processing capacity. GHD has worked closely with Hyne to achieve the desired outcomes and to minimise operation disruptions for this major supplier of timber products. 

GHD has provided planning, structural and civil design, documentation and inspection services. The major components of this upgrade include a shavings shed with associated ductwork replacing an existing open conveyor system, kilns and reconditioners for drying green timber products, and large areas of heavy industrial pavements.

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Lishui River Water Front Urban Design

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The riverfront precinct in one of China’s most famous tourist cities is being transformed into a vibrant urban space.

GHD’s Beijing and Changsa offices recently won an international competition to provide the urban design that will revitalise the waterfront precinct of the city of Zhangjiajie, on the Lishui River in Hunan province, in the world heritage-listed Zhangjiajie national park.

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Michael Herbert Bridge

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GHD worked collaboratively with the client, City of Holdfast Bay, on the development of the Michael Herbert Bridge (formerly King Street Bridge) which opened with a well-attended community opening ceremony.

GHD was intricately involved in all aspects of the project including architectural, structural, civil and traffic, geotechnical investigation, environmental risk assessments, urban design, procurement services, superintendent services and construction phase services.

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North Sapphire Beach Subdivision

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GHD was engaged by Sapphire Beach Properties to develop the infrastructure master planning, preliminary and final designs for a 267 lot residential subdivision at iconic North Sapphire Beach just north of Coffs Harbour.

This included road and pedestrian walkways/cycleways, stormwater drainage, water and sewerage services and coordination of the electrical and telecommunications services. The conceptual layouts were refined to accommodate flora and fauna habitats and physical constraints, including flood zones.

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ParanVille Development Master Planning

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The proposed ParanVille Development is a master planned urban community on a 159 hectare site at Rokeby, approximately 15 km from Hobart, in Tasmania's south. The site is situated within the Clarence City Council municipal area, adjacent to the suburb of Clarendon Vale.

GHD undertook master planning for the proposed ParanVille development, a project that hopes to establish an economic, cultural and social bridge between the peoples of Australia and Korea.

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Port of Portland multi-tenant chemical pipe rack infrastructure

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GHD developed a master plan and final engineering designs for a bulk liquid terminal including a 100-foot long pipe bridge with up to 15 dedicated unloading lines. The terminal handles products including methanol, propylene glycol, liquid fertilizers, vegetable oils, bio-diesel and glycerine.

GHD completed the master plan, preliminary engineering, and a USD2 billion probable cost determination for the new bulk liquid terminal installed at Berth 401, Port of Portland Terminal 4. This berth had been previously reviewed by GHD for an existing tenant as a potential unloading facility for methanol. In addition to methanol, other products that may be transferred would be lignite, urea ammonium nitrate, propylene glycol, liquid fertilizers, vegetable oils, bio-diesel feed stocks, bio-diesel, glycerin, and ammonium calcium nitrate. GHD also produced construction documents and provided construction support for final design for bulk liquid terminal improvements.

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Printing Press Building for Hobart Mercury

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The new AUD $9 million high-speed facillity, located in the Hobart Technopark, was designed by GHD, which provided the architectural detailing, structural and geotechnical engineering, all building services engineering, planning, environmental and traffic assessments. The EGO Group and Cardno Low and Hooke also contributed to the design.

Most notably, the new equipment allows the Hobart Mercury to output its own colour printing for the first time, avoiding the current need to fly in colour work overnight from Melbourne.

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Review of environmental factors for Wagga Wagga levee upgrades

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GHD was engaged by Wagga Wagga City Council to prepare a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the proposed upgrade of the Wagga Wagga and North Wagga Wagga levees along the Murrumbidgee River.

The REF incorporated the findings of a number of technical assessments, including ecology, hydrology, noise and vibration, and cultural and historic heritage.

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Revitalising land for sustainable living space

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To date sustainable planning has largely focused on new developments, but there is also a need to revitalise land that has suffered in the industrial process. Three adjoining development sites on the outskirts of Geelong, Victoria, are being revitalised to facilitate a major residential based redevelopment comprising in excess of 1950 residential lots. The combined sites consist of the former Geelong Cement Works, a former bluestone quarry and non-viable rural land. When combined, the three sites will form a new residential community covering more than 200ha and located just 4km from the City of Geelong's CBD.

Working collaboratively, GHD has been commissioned by two clients, the Moltoni Corporation and the Riverlee Corporation, to effect the re-zoning for all three properties. This is being done on an integrated basis with sustainable development principles at the core of the decision-making process. Tasks have included undertaking specialist engineering and environmental studies, as well as the preparation of amendment and master plan documentation, which seeks to restore a degraded waterway.

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The Al Barari horticultural development

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Al Barari is expected to become one of the most prestigious residential and commercial communities in Dubai, UAE. The development features strong horticultural elements and forms part of Dubailand, one of Dubai’s latest mixed land use developments.

GHD was involved in preparing a master plan and development brief that provided a framework for the planning and development of Al Barari. GHD undertook all infrastructure studies and conceptual designs for the development, including:

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WA Schools Public Private Partnership

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The State Government of Western Australia elected to procure four new primary schools and three new secondary schools, and the second stage of an existing secondary school using a Public Private Partnership (PPP) process.

This project will use the skills and abilities of the private sector to design, build, finance and maintain the schools, allowing principals and teachers more time to focus on teaching and delivering valuable student outcomes.

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Monique Roser

Monique Roser

Monique is a Principal Environmental Planner with more than 17 years of experience in statutory and strategic planning, including planning due diligence and site assessment, provision of planning approvals advice, preparation and assessment of development and rezoning applications, and preparation of land use strategies and statutory planning instruments. She has a strong understanding of planning and environmental legislation, including particular skills in identifying innovative approaches to planning approval pathways. Monique also has a background in environmental impact assessment and has a breadth of understanding across a range of technical disciplines.

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