Quality urban planning and design is essential for efficient and sustainable development.

For over half a century, Monteath & Powys has provided premium urban planning services in the Newcastle, Tamworth and Hunter Valley regions. We pride ourselves in offering the most effective and reliable solutions for a wide range of property and infrastructure projects. Our specialist teams provide expert services in the following areas:

  • Planning proposals and rezoning
  • Strategic planning and master plans
  • Feasibility studies and due diligence
  • Reviews of environmental factors
  • Development applications and statements of environmental effects
  • Major project applications and state significant development
  • Environmental impact statements
  • Environmental management plans
  • Bushfire management

Planning Proposals and Rezoning

What We Do

The enhancement of existing public spaces and the creation of sound builds that fit and benefit the surrounding environment are cornerstones of quality urban design. At Monteath & Powys, we strive to achieve the clearest, most effective pathway to development so that you avoid losing valuable time and money.

We are certified specialists in preparing planning proposals and managing rezoning projects. Our planning team are experts in strategic rezonings, having prepared countless rezoning applications and justification reports to assist changes in land use. We guarantee the delivery of comprehensive, robust submissions to facilitate the planning proposal process. 

Our consultants collaborate with the private and public sector to determine the best land use, overcome obstacles, and balance opposing interests with the aim of improving communities. We have decades of experience in liaising and negotiating with local Councils and State Government agencies during rezoning and planning proposal assessment, so you will receive the best possible outcome for your project.

Our Experience

  • Rezoning and planning proposal for the conversion of a former industrial site to a commercial premise in East Maitland. 
  • Rezoning and planning proposal to convert a former large industrial site to medium density housing at Wallsend. 
  • Rezoning and planning proposal to rezone a former private recreation area to residential living in Newcastle.

Strategic Planning And Master Planning

What We Do

Strategic planning is at the core of all urban development. To plan effectively, surrounding conditions must be analysed, objectives must be identified, and procedures to achieve these goals must be prepared.

A master plan is dynamic and long-term, guiding development within social, economic and environmental settings; It is a technical design process consisting of many interconnected elements. The planning team at Monteath and Powys has unparalleled proficiency in strategic and master plan studies, offering advice to a variety of government and non-government organisations. 

We believe in transforming visions into effective planning frameworks with tangible results. Although this complex process depends on the collaboration of many parties, our planning team formulate holistic, flexible and feasible strategies that produce lasting benefits for all aspects of development. Drafting and construction management skills, combined with the use of our geographic information system (GIS), ensure that master plans, concept plans and structure plans are prepared in accordance with our on-ground development experience.

We understand that each project is distinct and demands its own unique approach to achieve the optimal outcome. Therefore, we endeavour to formulate every project plan with a carefully tailored strategy for success.

Our Experience

  • Master plan for a 500-acre mixed-use site on the Central Coast. The master plan was for a combination of residential, commercial and retail interests. 
  • Strategic and statutory planning input into the master planning process for a 100 lot subdivision at Port Stephens

Feasibilities and Due Diligence

What We Do

The Monteath & Powys planning team are highly qualified in managing the preparation of due diligence and feasibility studies. These assessments determine the potential benefits and risks of a proposed project before any significant financial and practical investment takes place. 

Feasibility studies assess the ability to achieve successful project completion so that you can determine the value and impact of future development. Due diligence checks determine the suitability and risks of a particular site prior to project commencement. Our strict feasibility and due diligence processes put a stop to any high-risk or low-quality opportunities before you waste resources over-analyzing and implementing a project. 

Our extensive research examines a variety of land use, land ownership and tenure, strategic planning, technological, environmental and socio-economic factors from available sources.

The information gathered from due diligence and feasibility studies will enable a client to address how and where the project will operate, any competition or obstacles, and the funding required. This comprehensive approach provides clients with complete knowledge to inform future developments

Our Experience

  • Planning and environmental constraints analysis for two development sites in the Hunter Valley for Landcom. 
  • Planning and environmental feasibility study for the redevelopment of a heritage listed rectory, Raymond Terrace. 
  • Planning and development due diligence for a heritage listed church site, St Peters.
  • Planning and environmental constraints analysis for Ausgrid in relation to a transmission line duplication, Muswellbrook

Major Project Applications and State Significant Development

What We Do

Monteath & Powys are industry leaders in managing Major Project Applications and State Significant Development (SSD). A project is deemed an SSD if it is:

  • Over a specified size
  • Situated in a sensitive environmental area
  • Exceeds a certain degree of capital investment

These developments include education, waste management, energy generation, manufacturing, tourism and recreation facilities. Such developments have a powerful impact on the surrounding community and landscape, and therefore require expert knowledge to maximise the efficacy of their construction and operation.

Our extensive experience in managing large-scale developments includes the preparation of an SSD application, along with any relevant environmental impact assessments. We are also highly skilled in consulting and negotiating with local Councils and State government agencies to ensure successful, timely development. 

Our Experience

  • The $110 million Rail Maintenance Facility, Greta on behalf of Pacific National
  • The $180 million Capital II Wind Farm, Bungendore, NSW

Environmental Impact Assessment

What We Do

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) involves a systematic analysis of a development’s ecological footprint. Any effects on the natural setting must be well understood and managed to ensure that a project is considered environmentally acceptable by Government authorities. 

The planning and environmental team at Monteath & Powys has an in-depth understanding of EIA requirements and how best to present findings for review. We manage all stages of the EIA and planning process, including screening, scoping, preparing Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), organizing independent EIS reviews, and implementing follow-up procedures and monitoring.

We also have extensive in-house experience in undertaking impact assessments associated with landscape, visual matters, ecology and biodiversity. At Monteath & Powys, our procedures and documents are of the highest quality, providing robust support for our clients’ developments.

Our consultants have prepared EISs for a wide range of projects, often valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. This process includes Environmental Assessments (EA) prepared under the former Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

Our Experience

  • EIS / EA for the $110 million Rail Maintenance Facility, Greta (Part 3A Project).
  • EIS / EA for the $180 million Capital II Wind Farm, Bungendore (Part 3A Project).

Review of Environmental Factors

What We Do

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is required to obtain consent for any activity or development undertaken by a public authority. Local councils and government departments assessing applications for developments, permits or licences are legally required to note the environmental impact of a proposal before granting approval. 

Monteath & Powys have decades of experience in preparing REFs for an array of infrastructure projects under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. Our qualified staff consider the legislation and policies relevant to the subject land, development or activity, as well as conducting an analysis of the potential impacts of the activity on the natural and man-made environments.

We also liaise and negotiate with the consent authority on your behalf to guarantee that all requirements are met and that there are no untimely delays in your application assessment.

Our Experience

  • REF for road works, New England Highway, Muswellbrook.
  • REF for port-related works, Newcastle Port. 
  • REF for wastewater pump station, Bolwarra.
  • REF for navigational aids, Newcastle Harbour. 
  • REF for bus bays and shelters, Port Stephens.
  • REF for 40 geotechnical boreholes, Kooragang Island.

Development Applications and Statements of Environmental Effects

What We Do

In New South Wales, most projects require a development application to be submitted to the Council. This application will be examined under the Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP), Development Control Plans (DCPs), and State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs). All development applications must be accompanied by a Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE), outlining the environmental impact of development, and any steps that will be taken to mitigate this impact.

The project managers at Monteath & Powys offer first-rate assistance in navigating the complex development application system in the Newcastle, Tamworth and Hunter Valley regions. We have managed hundreds of development applications, preparing SEEs for a vast range of land uses including residential, commercial, industrial, infrastructure, mining and tourism projects.

Our dedicated team of professionals will ensure the delivery of comprehensive applications that satisfy legislative requirements under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. We will manage the development application process from submission to determination, including the review of any consent conditions. Our positive, established relationship with local agencies enables us to liaise with appropriate officials and ensure timely approvals. With Monteath & Powys, you can be assured your application is in the best of hands.

Our Experience

  • DA and SOEE for a 36 unit affordable housing development, Maitland CBD.
  • DA and SOEE for subdivision, Munmorah Power Station, Lithgow (Delta Electricity) and Paxton (Energy Australia). 
  • SOEE for new electricity substation, University of Newcastle. 
  • DA and SOEE for residential subdivisions – Gallen Estate Gunnedah (150 lots), Mornington Heights Gunnedah (350 lots), Cliftleigh (49 lots), Fletcher (350 lots), Morpeth (330 lots), Port Stephens (105 lots), Camden Haven (500 lots). 
  • DA and SOEE for Murrays Brewery, Port Stephens.
  • DA and SOEE for Pacific Dunes Golf Estate, Port Stephens. 
  • DA and SOEE for industrial subdivisions – Gunnedah (28 lots), Redhead (8 lots). 
  • DA and SOEE for waste management facilities – North Wyong, Tomago, Padstow, Morisset.
  • DA and SOEE for a multi-unit development – Maryville (9 units), Birmingham Gardens (7 units), New Lambton (6 units).

Environmental Management Plans

What We Do

The planning and environmental team at Monteath & Powys are highly skilled at preparing Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) for both the construction and operational phases of a project.

An EMP detects important environmental issues throughout the project, providing appropriate strategies for their effective management. This analysis determines the environmental legislation surrounding the project, identifying any regulatory permits and licences required for development.

At Monteath & Powys, we believe in protecting the great outdoors and have helped a vast array of clients to implement practices that contribute to wildlife conservation. Our EMPs can include features to support and form part of funding applications for environmental preservation and biodiversity

Our Experience

  • Construction Environmental Management Plan for Stages 11 and 12 at Seaside Estate, Fern Bay.
  • Construction Environmental Management Plan for the recent extension to Hunter Valley Private Hospital, Shortland.

Bushfire Management

What We Do

The contribution of urban planning to bushfire management is becoming increasingly evident, with aftermaths revealing the impact of development design on the degree of fire damage. Ensuring that a new development can effectively manage bushfire hazards plays a key role in securing the property's long‐term durability, especially as Australia’s extreme weather intensifies in incidence and magnitude.

Monteath & Powys bushfire consultants have provided a wealth of clients with a range of bushfire management options. Our expert consultants will conduct a Bushfire Threat Assessment to determine the risk of bushfires to a particular site, and formulate an extensive Bushfire Management Plan explaining the short, medium and long-term risk management strategies for the development. This plan is invaluable for mitigating the harmful effects of bushfire on life, property and the environment

Our Experience

  • Bushfire Threat Assessment for a new electricity substation, University of Newcastle.
  • Bushfire Threat Assessment for an additional 49 residential lots, Cliftleigh.

Newcastle Accreditations

BSI ISO 9001 Quality Management BSI ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management BSI ISO 14001 Environmental Management