When you need approval, we’re here to help…

Arnold Planning provides a full range of planning and environmental approval services, from initial due diligence and site appraisal, through to the preparation of strategic rezoning proposals and assessment reports to accompany development applications.

Site acquisition and feasibility

  • Planning due diligence advice.

  • Development opportunities and constraints assessment.

  • Determining contribution requirements (ie local/state infrastructure, biodiversity offsets, affordable housing).

  • Highest and best use yield analysis.

Site Acquisition and Feasibility

Urban design

  • Master planning and subdivision design.
  • 3D concept massing models, including building envelope plans and apartment block layouts.
  • Outlook and view corridor analysis.
  • Shadow and sun-eye-view analysis.
  • Development staging concepts.
  • Streetscape pattern concepts.
Urban Design

Assessment and approvals

  • Development applications (DA) and statement of environmental effects (SEE).
  • Review of environmental factors (REF).
  • Environmental impact statements (EIS).
  • Heritage impact statements (HIS).
  • Pre-DA meetings.
  • Community and ongoing government agency consultation.
  • Response to submissions raised during public exhibition.
  • Planning panel and Independent Planning Commission (IPC) representation.
DAs, SEEs and Environmental Impact Statements

Management plans

  • Construction environmental management plans.
  • Operational environmental management plans.
  • Plans of management.
Management Plans


  • Advise on likelihood and/or options for rezoning.
  • Strategic planning proposals to support amendments to environmental planning instruments (LEPs and SEPPs).
  • Gateway rezoning reviews and planning panel representation.

Project management

  • Project coordination, management and delivery.

  • Procurement of technical specialists.

  • Government liaison.

  • Stakeholder and community engagement.

Project Management

Submissions and objections

  • Review of DAs or planning proposals.

  • Prepare submissions or objections.

Submissions and Objections

Independent assessments and reviews

  • Prepare development assessment reports on behalf of state government and councils.

  • Third party peer review of planning reports.

Independent Assessments and Reviews

Expert court witness

  • Advice on likelihood of success.

  • Prepare expert statements and provide evidence in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Expert Court Witness


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