Our local government planning background

Working for Councils is a major part of what we do. It's where many of our team members gained formative experiences and so have a special attachment and understanding of planning and development projects in a local government context. We understand the unique challenges of local government, especially in rural and regional Queensland.

Full range of town planning services

Our involvement with Councils can range from providing a full range of town planning services as if we are ‘the planning department’ to more targeted projects such as strategic property advice, land use strategies, or place-making audits. Councils who use our expertise reduce the potential risks such as cost over-runs, delays, or poor quality. This makes for good governance.

Development assessment

We provide development assessment services managing development applications through the entire IDAS process. We have established systems to help manage development assessment from prior to lodgement to post approval, or we can simply assist with providing advice in one part of the project, such as assessing an application and preparing a report. We have also provided qualified and experienced staff to work in-house. We have worked with many Councils.

Lodging development applications for Councils

Councils occasionally need to obtain development permits, either for projects that are assessable under the planning scheme or where the assessment manager is other than the local government. We regularly prepare, lodge and manage development applications on behalf of Councils. More importantly, we help Councils develop responsible solutions that make the most of a site's attributes.


InsiteSJC team members also have considerable experience in preparing planning schemes under the IPA and SPA. After more than a dozen new schemes we know how to manage the issues, the potential traps and how to avoid them.

Local Buy

Our inclusion on the Local Buy panel of providers makes it easy for Councils to engage us directly without delays through a tender process. We guarantee our fees to be competitive in the marketplace.

DILGP Panel of Pre-approved LGIP Reviewers

If you are involved in the drafting of local government infrastructure plans (LGIPs) you should be interested to know that DILGP has a panel of pre-approved LGIP reviewers. InsiteSJC is a pre-approved reviewer on that panel. The purpose of panel is to streamline the ability of a local government to choose a consultant to objectively review its draft LGIPs. Such reviews are to be in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Statutory guideline 02/14 – Making and amending local planning instruments and Statutory guideline 03/14 – Local government infrastructure plans.

Control your budget with fixed fees

We usually work on a fixed-fee basis...we provide a quote for a defined project. That way there is no surprise when you receive our invoice and the pressure is on us to deliver efficiently. We do this even for development assessment services since, after managing the assessment of more than a thousand applications, we know what it takes to complete the assessment of a wide range of rural and urban development proposals.

Another advantage of operating on fixed fee arrangements is that there is a Council-defined 'lid' to the extent of work required for assessment. This means that there is much less likelihood of a 'bureaucracy blowout', something that is increasingly important for economic development reasons to a growing number of Councils.

Find out how we can help you

We have the right expertise to suit your town planning needs. Contact us now to find out how we can help you. If you’re not ready to engage us, then sign up to the right for a free e-copy of Changing Planning Paradigms in Local Government. 


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