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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, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 3 8687 8654
E: Monique Roser

John Westland
Service Line Leader, Planning – North America
T: +1 905 814 4358
E: John Westland 

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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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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Calwell Slipway Remediation

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Port Nelson Ltd, in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment, engaged GHD to investigate the nature and extent of historical contamination to one of the largest slipways in New Zealand – the Calwell Slipway at Port Nelson.

Environmental investigations identified historical inadequate containment of used antifouling paints and other products of vessel maintenance had contaminated marine muds with Tributyltin (Tbt) and Copper among other contaminants. The levels exceed allowable limits for disposal of the dredged muds to the consented marine spoil dump. Navigability through dredging is fundamental to the port’s continued operation and due to the contamination, conventional dredging and disposal of the spoil at sea was not possible.

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Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial

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A number of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 have devastated the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

Government-owned project delivery company, Ōtākaro, (previously Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority), appointed GHD to design the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the 2010/2011 earthquakes.

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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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East West Link

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GHD has been working as part of the East West Link Planning Alliance alongside the NZ Transport Agency, Beca and Buddle Findlay since 2016 to deliver the suite of consents for the project with the aim of having the NZD1.25 to NZD1.85 billion project ‘tender ready’ by December 2017.

The East West Link is one of the New Zealand Government’s top priority transport projects in Auckland. It is also one of the top priority projects identified in the ‘Auckland Plan’ – the planning guide for the city. The project aims to:

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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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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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Mt Roskill Safe Routes

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Auckland Transport engaged GHD to advise on providing safe and connecting cycle networks in the Mt Roskill area of Auckland, as part of the Mt Roskill Safe Routes project.

Our team developed safe and connecting cycle networks that seek to build the confidence of young or inexperienced cyclists, as well as increasing the commuting choices for those travelling to school or work. This involves utilising existing open spaces with local streets and roadways, to create improved and enhanced public walking and cycling facilities and experiences.

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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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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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Strategic Asset Management Plan and Asset Register, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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We developed a Strategic Asset Management Plan (SAMP) and Asset Register for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s (TMAG) buildings and fittings. This work has helped TMAG to effectively maintain and manage its back of house assets, including the extensive front of house public facilities that attract more than 350,000 visitors annually.

A major challenge with TMAG’s facilities is managing the ongoing preservation of heritage-listed buildings and meeting compliance standards for Museums and Art Galleries for environmental conditions and security. The SAMP and Asset Register developed by GHD provides the direction to manage these assets by outlining the current condition, useful life and future demands for any ongoing requirements for artifact capacity. It also provides details for operational and capital expenditure required to manage these assets and growth for the next 15 years.

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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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Two Decades of Durability in Docklands

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GHD has been providing durability design and assurance services for Melbourne Docklands public area promenades for more than two decades.

All Docklands developments must ensure uninterrupted public access to the river and dock areas and so all developers are required to provide wide promenades in front of the buildings. As ultimate owner of the promenades, City of Melbourne has required a formal durability planning process for all promenade structures to comply with its maritime structures design standard. The key requirement is for minimal maintenance for the first 25 years of service, and to then achieve a 50 year service life with planned maintenance.

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Victoria Street West Cycleway

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GHD is excited to work with AT on another important link in Auckland’s cycling network. The Victoria Street Cycleway (formerly called the Midtown Cycleway) will be a dedicated, physically separated from motorised traffic for the whole route running between the Beaumont Street intersection and the Hobson Street intersection along Victoria Street West.

The goal of the Victoria Street Cycleway is to create a continuous separated, safe, and attractive route to and from the city. Where practical, the cycle lanes will be physically separated from pedestrians with a small kerb. The Victoria Street Cycleway will be the first section of a larger midtown cycling connection. This connection will provide safe, separated cycling facilities between Victoria Park and the Auckland Domain, creating cycleways to and through the heart of the city centre from the west and the east.

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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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Wyaralong Dam Turtle Monitoring Program, Seqwater

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GHD is playing a key role in helping Seqwater manage and monitor potential impacts of dam construction and operation on four species of freshwater turtle population. Our team designed and implemented the monitoring program to comply with legislative requirements, facilitate the identification of potential impacts and the implementation of adaptive management.

As part of this project, monitoring of the turtle population was undertaken above and below the dam wall every six months for the duration of the construction of the dam, and for the first five years of dam operation. Freshwater turtle populations were sampled using cathedral traps with individuals captured identified to species level and life history parameters recorded. Captured turtles were tagged with monel foot tag and released at the site of capture to assess turtle movement behavior through mark recapture. Annual monitoring of potential turtle nesting habitat was undertaken during the peak turtle nesting season over the five years of operation. Bank margins within five survey areas were assessed for nesting habitat suitability and systematically searched for both direct and indirect evidence of turtle nesting. Turtle monitoring program reporting was conducted following each survey event for compliance with Project approval conditions.

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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.

Service Line Leader, Planning – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T:
+61 3 8687 8654
E: Monique Roser

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