URC Planning is a spatial planning consultancy that provides services within the wider discipline of town planning. We are renowned for our technical understanding of spatial planning and the associated disciplines that work hand in hand with all planning projects.

Based on strong company principles we strive to achieve the best outcome which accords with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

With extensive Australian and international experience, our services are based on a strong understanding of the planning system, which is complimented by an in-depth knowledge of current and best practices, including environmental sustainable design principles.

Professional planning services are provided by the Director, Neil Cooney, and include advice at all stages of a project, preparation and coordination of planning permit applications, interpretation of planning policy, strategic planning, problem solving with Council and other stakeholders, VCAT advocacy and Planning Panels presentation.

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Urban Planning

URC Planning have extensive experience working within inner urban Melbourne. We have practical experience working with the many facets of the planning system which become a factor in an urban environment including:

– Residential

– Multi Storey Development

– Commercial / Industrial Use

– Heritage Considerations

– Car Parking Reductions

– Potentially Contaminated Land

– Liquor Licence Proposals

Regional Planning

Having worked extensively on regional and rural planning cases in Ireland, URC Planning bring this expertise to Victoria. Through recent years working within the Victorian State Planning system, this Irish experience is tailored to reflect the relevant planning controls in Victoria.

We have practical experience working on various aspects of Regional Planning such as:

– Infrastructure Development

– Agricultural Proposals

– Rural Housing

– Industrial Activity

– Extractive Industries

Coastal Planning

Specific practical experience with significant regional coastal infrastructure projects, and involvement interpreting and reviewing coastal policy in Victoria.

The Director, Neil Cooney holds a Masters in Marine Spatial Planning, combining the knowledge, experience and qualifications required to provide professional services in respect of the following coastal and marine planning matters:

– Coastal Planning Policy

– Marine Spatial Planning

– Coastal Zone Management

– Coastal Development

– Marine Protected Areas

It was a pleasure dealing with Neil on planning permit applications. We have had a very good working relationship. He handled all town planning matters in a professional way, also provided the right advice and service when required.

- Raymond Nassour, Architect

Neil has an excellent understanding of the Victorian planning system, it’s legislation and its application. Neil is hard working, was always supportive of colleagues and assisted colleagues in assessing and processing planning applications. This was particularly evident when he acted in the position of Statutory Planning Coordinator. Neil is very detail orientated and always made decision and recommendations with all the relevant facts. Neil is a team player and was a joy to work with.

- Arthur Vatzakis, Acting Manager Development Services at Bayside City Council

Neil is a very competent planner who is extremely thorough in his work. He will make a comprehensive assessment of a case in advance of making a decision on whether or not it accords with the proper planning and sustainable development. I would not have any hesitation in recommending Neil.

- Ger Fahy Planning,

I have worked with Neil Cooney for the last three years at Moreland City Council, in Melbourne’s inner north. Neil has impressed me by his planning knowledge, diligence and interpersonal skills. Neil has handled a lot of sensitive and complex cases at Moreland. I have first hand knowledge of his professionalism and dispute resolution skills and would recommend him to potential clients

- Will Coogan, Place Manager Moreland City Council

Neil provided expert assistance to a non-profit organisation and was instrumental in achieving significant change with a positive result for all parties. I would have no hesitation in recommending Neil’s professional services nor his interpersonal skills.

- David Flynn, Director Irish Surfing Association

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