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Urban Planning

RPS adopts an integrated approach to planning, collaborating with clients, industry, government and the community to achieve better economic, social and environmental outcomes.

Our planners are outcome focused. We successfully lead projects of varying complexity, through commercial, regulatory and design considerations to deliver innovative planning solutions based on client objectives, contemporary thinking, and a commitment to excellence.

We combine local knowledge and experience with international expertise. Through our extensive network of metropolitan and regional offices, our planners live and work locally and are well connected in their communities. Our geographic coverage enables allows us to work seamlessly with clients nationwide, and also deliver projects outside of established urban areas, including projects benefiting indigenous, rural and regional communities.

RPS Urban Planning services include:

Site identification and evaluation

Due diligence assessment and reporting

Portfolio review

Statutory and strategic planning

Planning approvals and stakeholder engagement

Transport and infrastructure planning

Social planning

Environmental approvals

Policy - research and advisory

Key Contacts

Joanne Cousins

Joanne Cousins   |   Principal - Planning  |   Send Email

Gavin Edwards

Gavin Edwards   |   Technical Director - Urban Planning  |   Send Email

Penny Cooper

Penny Cooper   |   Technical Director - Urban Planning  |   Send Email

Louise Bochner

Louise Bochner   |   Director of Planning - Sydney  |   Send Email

Louise is an experienced urban planner and development strategy advisor with close to 20 years’ experience in the industry. She leads the planning and strategic advisory team in RPS’ Sydney office.

Louise has worked within state and local governments and private consultancy which allows her to see complex development and planning issues from various vantage points and offer practical advice and solutions. Her expertise includes statutory and strategic planning, development assessment of major development applications across Sydney and coastal NSW, rezoning, due diligence and social and economic impact assessment. She has experience in the assessment of State significant sites for major residential and commercial projects along with urban renewal of former industrial sites.

Louise has a strong interest in social planning and the interplay between the built environment and the way communities interact within space and place.

Mark Carter

Mark Carter   |   General Manager - Townsville  |   Send Email

As General Manager for RPS’ Townsville Office, Mark works closely with other RPS staff across the full range of services to enable clients to make informed decisions and to achieve high quality development outcomes.

Mark is a Technical Director for the Planning Service Line and has been involved with a wide range of private and public sector clients undertaking a variety of development projects across North Queensland and Whitsunday regions, plus has previous project experience in South –East Queensland. Projects have spanned urban residential, industrial, marine/ports, extractive industries, mining and linear infrastructure. Mark has had an influential role undertaking strategic planning studies on behalf of local councils and other state government departments.


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Bruce Highway Upgrade Sunshine Coast, QLD

Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD

Quest Apartments, Kelvin Grove QLD

Oceanside Retirement Village, Sunshine Coast QLD

Pallara, QLD

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Timber Tots Child Care Centre, Brisbane

949 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Anketell Strategic Industrial Area, Karratha, WA

Baldivis, Perth, WA

Brisbane Towers, QLD

Brolga Lakes, Burpengary, QLD

Buffel Park Accommodation Village, Moranbah, QLD

Bulli Creek Solar Farm, Darling Downs, QLD

Bunnings Warehouse National

Catholic Schools Demographic Modelling, NSW

Centrus, Brisbane, QLD

Cityport, Cairns, QLD

Coomera Waters Gold Coast, QLD

Elliott St, Balmain, NSW

Energex Distribution Centre (TradeCoast Central), Brisbane, QLD

Frank Gehry Dr Chau Chak Building, Sydney, NSW

Fuji Xerox Eco Manufacturing Centre, Sydney, NSW

Ingenia Communities Seniors Living, National

James Hotel Brisbane QLD

Jordan Springs Sydney NSW

Lord Howe Island Board - Assessment & Strategic Planning, NSW

McLachlan & Ann, Brisbane, QLD

Moreton Bay and Island Development Potential Strategy, QLD

Nazareth House, Brisbane, QLD

Newstead Central, Brisbane, QLD

North Byron Beach Resort, NSW

North East Business Park Morayfield, QLD

North Lakes, Brisbane, QLD

NSW Department of Planning & Environment - Subregional Strategies

Providence, South Ripley Ipswich, QLD

Redland City Council Heritage Review & Strategy, QLD

Regis Yeronga, QLD

Riverstone Rise, Gladstone, QLD

Riverview Towers, Kangaroo Point, QLD

Ropes Crossing, St Mary’s, NSW

South Hedland City Centre, WA

Stockland Shopping Centre, Hervey Bay, QLD

Sunrise at 1770, QLD

Sydney Commuter Wharf Upgrades, NSW

The Barracks, Brisbane, QLD

Torres Strait Sustainable Land Use Plans, QLD

TradeCoast Central - Office, Cafe and Heritage Precinct, Brisbane, QLD

TradeCoast Central, Brisbane, QLD

Wilsonton Shopping Centre, Toowoomba, QLD

Yalyalup Industrial Park, Busselton, WA