Town Planning Services in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay

Also Available for Kingaroy, Emerald, Biloela, and Longreach

About Town Planning and Town Planners


Town Planning seeks to make the best long-term and short-term decisions for managing and developing cities, suburbs and rural areas. It requires balancing competing interests for different landuses and the infrastructure needed to service them. Town Planners are therefore at the heart of growing town centres, industry expansion, residential areas, and productive rural land. We endeavour to create solutions that satisfy a broad range of interests and are therefore familiar with negotiating outcomes with developers, Councils, and other professionals.

More about the planning profession is available at

Property Development Services

  • Preliminary Town planning advice
  • Design thinking
  • Development applications, including:
    • Material change of use
    • Lot reconfiguration (subdivision)
    • Variation requests (to seek to vary the effect of a local planning instrument)
    • Building & Operational Works applications
  • Site analysis and concepts
  • Planning appeals and negotiation
  • Development concept and master planning
  • Public notification
  • Expert witness
  • Due diligence

Local Government Services

  • Local government development assessment
  • Place-making and place-making audits
  • Statutory and strategic planning
  • Planning schemes: preparing, reviewing, amending
  • Planning scheme policies
  • Community consultation
  • Structure planning


Submissions about new planning schemes or scheme amendments

InsiteSJC provides expert help to the property and development industry when Councils publicise their draft planning schemes or draft amendments to planning schemes. Councils and the development industry use planning schemes to determine the use, form, intensity and scale of development acceptable. They are therefore a major influence on the value of land and the economic prosperity of a region. They directly affect the livelihood of landowners and property developers, and it is appropriate when a council consults on its draft scheme or scheme amendment that one fully considers the implications of the new scheme.

A new planning scheme or amendment can provide new development opportunities, but it may also remove or reduce development potential. Sometimes there are unintended consequences of scheme provisions.

Our submission process helps our clients make the most of the potential in the new scheme:

  1. FREE telephone consultation with one of our Town Planners: approximately 10 minutes to identify the provisions of the new scheme relevant to the site, how that might affect its future, whether there is a need for a submission and the likelihood of it successfully convincing Council;
  2. Initial in-person consultation with one of our Town Planners: approximately 30 minutes to discuss the grounds for a submission and consider whether InsiteSJC could help; (We will give you ideas about how to prepare your own submission if you prefer.)
  3. Prepare a submission for or on your behalf: InsiteSJC would prepare and make a 'properly made submission', setting out the relevant facts, circumstances and town planning grounds for the submission.
Contact InsiteSJC on 07 4151-6677 now to find out how one of our Town Planners can help you make the most of the opportunity of a draft planning scheme or a scheme amendment being open for consultation and submissions.

Urban design 

design response

Our urban design services help our clients address a larger scale than individual consider neighbourhoods, public spaces, streets and groups of buildings. It seeks to make spaces sustainable and attractive and involves creating a setting that imparts a sense of place. Often the process involves establishing identifiable neighbourhoods, unique architecture, aesthetically pleasing public places and vistas, identifiable landmarks and focal points, and a human element established by compatible scales of development and ongoing public stewardship.

  • Master planning
  • Urban design frameworks
  • Structure plans
  • Urban renewal projects
  • Town centre and commercial strips
  • Residential and industrial subdivisions
  • Urban waterfront revitalisation
  • Coastal management plans
  • Open space planning and design
  • Recreation facility planning and design
  • Major infrastructure projects

More about our services to the property development industry

InsiteSJC offers a comprehensive range of services for the property sector, for example commencing with concepts that would create the greatest site value, working with or coordinating the consultant team to produce designs for the desired development project, and facilitating all required approvals. We provide reliable and honest advice that our clients can act and depend on.

We help our clients through the process of creating a development project, making it stress-free for our clients as possible and improving the project ‘bottom line’.

More about our services in Hervey Bay

We opened our Hervey Bay office in January 2015 in response to a perceived need for Town Planning and Projects consulting services. With a progressive Council and an excellent economic outlook the timing suited establishing a more permanent local presence following several years of consulting from out-of-town. We enjoy good relationships with Building design, Engineering, and Survey businesses and the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

More about services to local government

We have an excellent understanding of the special needs that local government have since we have almost continual interaction with Councils in one way or another. In any typical day our team could be doing any one or more of the following: 

  • assessing a development application on behalf of one of our Council clients—we are often responsible for the entire IDAS process as an assessment manager, providing a facilitative and efficient review;
  • preparing a development application on behalf of a Council—many council development projects require a development permit and we are able to provide an independent professional view to ensure that Council is not viewed by the community as biased about its own projects;
  • carrying out a site selection study for a new council facility or recommending a preferred development option for council-owned premises;
  • drafting a new planning scheme—we have prepared several IPA and SPA planning schemes and are familiar with urban and rural issues and the processes involved in developing strategies, policies and legislation;
  • providing advice to Council about legislative reform and how that may affect strategy and operations.

Contact Us 

Contact us for a no-obligation discussion to find out how we can help turn your development project into a reality.