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Environmental Planning

Land use analysis that begins with an understanding of existing site elements forms the basis for wise use of the land when proposed development is planned. Significant natural and human-made features of the landscape are studied to determine their importance and relevance prior to any detailed design work. This means that there is an understanding of geological, topographical, hydrological, geomorphologic, biota, habitats and other major natural influences of the landscape. The Firm involves specialists from various scientific fields who place a strong emphasis on understanding the vital natural and ecological systems that govern the constraints and opportunities of a site. With this approach, proposed development can then respond to the opportunities and constraints in a fashion that minimizes environmental disruption and degradation.

The Firm’s projects in the field of environmental planning range from large open spaces that are undeveloped at a local and regional level through to relatively small but important land niches that have significant environmental and/or historic merit for their conservation and demand sensitive solutions. A number of the Firm’s projects have included re-use of derelict lands to complete eco-systems within natural boundaries where proposed development is being planned for environmentally sustainable communities with a full range of land uses.

Public consultation is a hallmark of the Firm’s involvement and success with planning and community design projects.