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Stockland Data Service

16 August 2022
The largest growth areas of the last 10 years have not just been people, or homes or cars, but data. There is now so much data available it can be hard to:
• provide one source of truth,
• develop a data catalogue that is routinely and efficiently updated from multiple sources
• establish an approved data set for…


High School at Jerrabomberra

9 August 2022
Mecone’s Policy and Urban Analytics team welcomes David Alsop to the position of Associate in our Sydney practice.
Mecone is proud to have assisted School Infrastructure NSW in obtaining an SSDA approval for a new high school in Jerrabomberra. The new school will have 25 flexible learning spaces, including…


Welcome David Alsop!

5 August 2022
Mecone’s Policy and Urban Analytics team welcomes David Alsop to the position of Associate in our Sydney practice.
With a strong background in economics, population and land use analysis, David is well-equipped to contribute to our strong pipeline of strategic land use projects. David joins us from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, where he played a key role in developing the Urban Development Program dashboard…


Life Anglican Church – Quakers Hill

2 August 2022
Mecone is proud to have assisted Life Anglican Church – Quakers Hill with their development application for four (4) demountable buildings on the site. The donated demountable buildings will provide a dedicated area for the Church to hold existing community and Church and community programs. Working on a constrained site, the DA had to negotiate a car parking variation, stormwater upgrades and supporting Voluntary Planning Agreement…


46-50 Latham Street, Chermside

2 August 2022
Mecone is proud to have assisted Highgate Management in securing approval of a purpose-built Co-living development located at 46-50 Latham Street, Chermside.
New to Brisbane, Co-Living is gaining traction globally, offering an alternative to the conventional rental product. A sub-market of the Build-to-rent sector, the micro-units within a co-living building are owned by a single commercial operator who manages the ongoing leasing and management of…


Welcome Kelly!

27 July 2022
Welcome Kelly Coyne
We are very excited to welcome Kelly Coyne to the Western Sydney team as an Associate.
Kelly is a statutory planner with over 14 years’ experience working in Western Sydney, including Fairfield, Liverpool and Blacktown Councils, as well as Sydney Water.
We look forward to the contribution Kelly will make to Mecone – Urban Planning drawing on her extensive experience within Central River City and Western Parkland City, including the Western…


Welcome Stephanie!

26 July 2022
Mecone is pleased to welcome Stephanie Wu to the NSW City Statutory Planning team in the capacity of Senior Planner. Stephanie brings over four years’ experience in the private sector, being responsible for the management and delivery of an array of complex statutory and strategic planning projects in the industrial, mixed use, residential, health and commercial sectors…


Reconnect Day – Big Ideas Presentation

22 July 2022
The future is in safe hands! Our Reconnect brainstorming activity Big ideas challenged the Mecone – Urban Planning team to think outside the box and envisage the future of planning and what capabilities we will need to continue to be a leading urban planning firm. Not surprisingly the focus technology and on imaginative, futuristic versions of our interactive planning tool Mosaic…


507 Kessels Road, Macgregor

20 July 2022
Mecone is pleased to have assisted our client in achieving approval for a service station, shop, and food and drink outlet at 507 Kessels Road and 539 – 541 Mains Road, Macgregor. Historically a service station site, 507 Kessels Road was resumed by DTMR for the major upgrade of the Kessels Road…


Perth Office Opening

11 July 2022
Mecone – Urban Planning is thrilled to announce the establishment of our presence in Western Australia to become a truly national Urban Planning and Advisory firm. Having one of the strongest economies in Australia, a growing population, and significant investment in infrastructure…


Castle Hill Subdivision

06 July 2022
Mecone is proud to have secured development consent for a 4 lot residential infill subdivision at Castle Hill. Mecone partnered with other local experts, in a collaborative effort to secure this great result for our client. Well done to all involved…


NSW Population Projections and ABS Census 2021 show both similarities and differences

04 July 2022
Different planning data sets sometimes tell us different stories and at Mecone we use data science to make better land use decision. We know that population projections are complex because new policy directions and land use change can happen quickly…


96-100 Gordon Street, Maribyrnong

30 June 2022
Mecone has successfully assisted Barbat James on securing planning approval for their development at 96-100 Gordon Street, Footscray. Designed by award winning architects (KUD) the project comprises 17 townhouses contained within a 3 storey building and basement parking. Mecone facilitated the application with the City of Maribyrnong which has received 13 objections and we are pleased that no appeals were lodged…


Mount Street Benedict College

27 June 2022
Mecone is proud to have assisted Mount St Benedict College with their modification application for minor internal and external changes resulting from design development, and an updated BCA compliance strategy…


404 Church Street, Parramatta

17 June 2022
Mecone is proud to have assisted with the development application for the relocated Royal Oak Hotel in Parramatta. In May 2022, The Royal Oak Parramatta finally reopened for business, after being demolished to accommodate Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail, which is expected to open in 2023…


2022 Population Projections

08 June 2022
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) has recently released a 2022 update to its population projections for the state. The previous projections dataset was released in 2019 and the updated 2022 projections take into account recent demographics changes such as lower international immigration and the trend of increasing regional immigration resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic…


184 Milperra Road, Revesby

30 May 2022
Mecone is proud to have assisted Kingsmead in obtaining development consent for a new industrial warehouse facility in Revesby, comprising six warehouse tenancies and showroom, totalling almost 12,000sqm. Located within the Revesby industrial precinct on Milperra Road, the development will deliver a newly configured industrial facility that repositions this prominent site, providing a significant…


Census Mapping

16 May 2022
Building approvals are good indicator of market confidence and economic activity. Mecone Urban Planning has analysed the latest ABS census data on building approvals, and it appears that the dip in residential building approvals caused by the COVID19 pandemic has passed, with both volume and value of approvals since 2021 reaching to pre-covid levels. By assessing approvals at smaller geographies (Statistical Area 2), the data shows that the outer ring of Sydney – namely, the North West…


Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal Finalised

12 May 2022
On 6 May 2022, the City of Parramatta and Department of Planning and Environmental finalised and published the amendment to Parramatta Local Environmental Plan 2011. The changes to the LEP provide additional place making and development opportunities within the Parramatta CBD and aim to strengthen the city as Sydney’s Central River City. The associated mapping will be available in the coming weeks and we will provide a link to those once they are available…


Williamtown Special Activation Precinct Structure Plan

10 May 2022
Mecone – Urban Planning is pleased to have worked with Hatch Roberts Day on behalf of the Department of Planning and Environment in the preparation of a Structure Plan and Draft Master Plan for the Williamtown Special Activation Precinct. Mecone were responsible for providing technical statutory planning advice outlining key environmental planning considerations and recommendations to inform the finalisation of the Williamtown…


Federal Budget – Infrastructure

04 May 2022
Infrastructure investment drives economic growth enhances productivity and connects Australians to each other. Mecone – Urban Planning has a strong track record in undertaking land use analysis, research, strategy, and policy development that brings infrastructure and land use projects to life, including fast rail, integrated land use developments and spatial analytics. The Australian Government has allocated $17.9 billion to support infrastructure projects as part of its ten-year infrastructure investment pipeline. Within NSW $1 billion has been allocated for the Sydney to Newcastle Faster…


State Environmental Planning Policy Consolidation

02 May 2022
Having taken some time to reflect on the SEPP consolidation since it came into force on 1 March 2022, which moved 45 SEPP instruments into 11, Kirilee Boult and the team at Mecone have summarised the SEPP changes into this helpful table, if you would like assistance unpacking what these changes mean for your site, reach out to the Mecone team on 02 8667 8668 or email


Employment Zones Reforms

07 April 2022
NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) has been carrying out a review and is reforming the employment-focused zones in LEPs. The intention is to rationalize and create a more consistent approach to the existing zonings. It is a response to the NSW Productivity Commission’s recommendations to deliver planning reforms to support economic growth and productivity.


SummitCare, Waverley

04 March 2022
Tom Cook at Mecone is proud to have assisted SummmitCare in obtaining consent for a new residential aged care facility in Waverley. The Waverley Local Planning Panel unanimously approved the 45 bed facility which will provide a significant upgrade from the existing facility and deliver improved aged care housing for the area. Congratulations to the SummitCare team!


151-153 Macquarie Street, Sydney

03 March 2022
Mecone is excited to have assisted RF CorVal in securing planning consent for the significant façade upgrade to 151-153 Macquarie Street, Sydney. The consent will enable the improvement of the building’s aesthetic, street presence and provide tenants with enhanced daylight and views over the Botanic Gardens and Harbour.


903-921 Bourke Street, Waterloo

10 February 2022
Jordan Faeghi and Ian Cady of Mecone are proud to have assisted Dahua with the lodgement of a development application for 903-921 Bourke Street, Waterloo, within the Danks Street South Precinct. The proposal will revitalise a key urban renewal site in the heart of Waterloo, including significant public domain areas, new site connections and ground level retail and café opportunities set around existing Sydney Water heritage buildings…


Vegas Hotel, Mount Druitt

28 January 2022
Mecone is proud to have assisted Leith Group Developments Pty Ltd in obtaining concept approval from the Sydney Central City Planning Panel in December 2021 for a mixed use development at the Vegas Hotel in Mount Druitt. The landmark site will facilitate detailed applications for five mixed use towers, ground floor retail activation and dining, integration of the existing Vegas Hotel and…


Jindabyne Education Campus

27 January 2022
Mecone is pleased to have assisted School Infrastructure NSW in the preparation of a State Significant Development Application for a new education campus at Jindabyne. The proposal includes the construction of a new primary school and high school to be located within a new site in the Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre and will form part of the Sports and Education sub-precinct within the…


1 Woodville Road, Granville

17 November 2021
Mecone is proud to have assisted Abacus Property Group in securing approval from the Parramatta Local Planning Panel for a self-storage facility at 1 Woodville Road, Granville, comprising 2 buildings with over 10,00sqm GFA.


48-50 Wellington Road, Chester Hill

28 October 2021
Mecone is proud to have assisted Taylor and NSW Land and Housing Corporation in recently securing development approval from the Sydney South Planning Panel for a 5-storey social housing development at 48-50 Wellington Road, Chester Hill, comprising 37 affordable housing units.


Electric Vehicle charging station in Mona Vale

27 October 2021
Mecone is delighted to have assisted JOLT in the delivery of their first free, fast Electric Vehicle charging station in Mona Vale. It’s great to see this making TV news. We’re looking forward to helping get more of these in Sydney soon!


Green Square Town Centre

10 September 2021
Mecone is pleased to have assisted TOGA with the design competition process and preparation of a development application for their site within the Green Square Town Centre. The commercial building designed by Bates Smart will be a landmark development that defines the entry to the Green Square Town Centre and railway station.


Manly Hospital Site

26 August 2021
Mecone is proud to have assisted Property & Development NSW in obtaining approval from the Northern Beaches Council for the forwarding of the Planning Proposal for the Manly Hospital Site to DPIE for Gateway Determination. The Planning Proposal will facilitate future master planning of the site to deliver a new health and wellbeing precinct. Mecone look forward to….


Canberra Light Rail

18 August 2021
Mecone is pleased to announce our recent engagement by the ACT Government to provide urban infill capability assessment for Stage 2B of the Canberra Light Rail project.
The purpose of the engagement is to assist in setting the strategic context and planning rationale for future urban intensification along the Stage 2B corridor between Commonwealth Park to Woden and…


JOLT EV Charging Stations

05 May 2021
Mecone is very excited to be working with JOLT to assist its roll out of EV charging stations in the Sydney area – as highlighted in this 9News item. We’re especially pleased to have secured the first planning consents in the Hornsby and Northern Beaches LGAs to help establish the network.


322 Norton Street, Leichardt

23 April 2021
Mecone is proud to have helped Desane Group Holdings secure consent for the mixed-use regeneration of 322 Norton Street, Leichhardt. Working with GroupGSA, the proposal received unanimous support at the Inner West Local Planning Panel. It comprises 9 residential units plus ground floor commercial space which will bring new activity and homes to Norton Street. The design was…


Place and Design SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect – Mecone Review

22 April 2021
The NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment have released their Explanation of Intended Effect (EOIE) for the Place and Design State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP). While the detail will be developed over the coming months, the announcement represents one of the most significant policy overhauls for the planning and design residential apartment and mixed-use…


44-52 Anderson Street, Chatswood Planning Proposal

03 March 2021
Mecone is proud to have assisted Heworth Holdings Group to lodge a Planning Proposal of a 25-storey mixed use development at 44-52 Anderson Street, Chatswood. The Planning Proposal directly implements the key elements under the endorsed Chatswood CBD Planning and Urban…


Alfred Street Precinct Planning Proposal

23 December 2020
The Alfred Street Precinct Planning Proposal is currently on public exhibition. The Planning Proposal seeks to create a lively mixed use precinct which will create an appropriate transition between North Sydney CBD and adjoining residential dwellings and heritage conversation areas.
The proposal will significantly improve the ground floor plane by providing generous amounts of landscaping and creating key through site links with retail and dining areas spilling out into the…


Aquatic Leisure Centre Parramatta

23 December 2020
Mecone is proud to have successfully assisted City of Parramatta Council in obtaining approval from the Sydney Central City planning panel for the Aquatic Leisure Centre Parramatta. The Centre will be a much-needed piece of social infrastructure for Western Sydney and we look forward to seeing the development come to life. Many thanks to City of Parramatta Council, the…


Reclaiming Parramatta Road

21 December 2020
We are proud to present our latest research paper for Committee for Sydney ‘Reclaiming Parramatta Road’, a collaborative vision produced with Grimshaw and PwC. For too long Parramatta Road has been overlooked and put in the ‘too hard’ basket. However, with the opening of WestConnex to take cars and trucks off Parramatta Road, and the commitment of Sydney West Metro, there is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the road back to a high street, serving the communities…


119 Barton Street, Monterey

16 December 2020
Mecone is proud to have assisted SummitCare in rezoning the site at 119 Barton Street, Monterey, which formally accommodated the Francis Drake Bowling Club, from RE2 Private Recreation to R3 Medium Density Residential to facilitate the delivery of needed housing.


Manly Hospital Planning Proposal

16 December 2020
Mecone is pleased to have recently submitted a planning proposal in relation to the former Manly Hospital at 150 Darley Road, Manly with Northern Beaches Council. The planning proposal is the first step towards facilitating the repurposing of the site for the purposes of a new health and wellbeing precinct. The planning proposal was submitted on behalf of Property & Development NSW and…


322 Norton Street, Leichhardt

06 November 2020
Mecone is very pleased to have recently submitted a development application on behalf of Desane Group Holdings Ltd for a new mixed-use proposal at 322 Norton Street, Leichhardt. It comprises 9 residential apartments with new ground floor commercial space, which will support new employment and existing commercial uses along Norton Street.
The proposed design by GroupGSA will also retain and restore part of the historic 1898 former…


Chatswood RSL Club

27 October 2020
Mecone is proud to have successfully assisted Chatswood RSL Club Limited in obtaining the concept approval from the Sydney North Planning Panel of a 22-storey commercial development incorporating Chatswood RSL Club at 446 Victoria Avenue Chatswood. The concept approval includes a total of 4 levels of club uses, 18 levels of commercial office and an open air plaza…


Aerotropolis SEPP

2 October 2020
Western Sydney will be transformed in future decades by the new Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis and their supporting infrastructure. The NSW Government has been making tremendous efforts to plan for future growth around the airport. A major step was taken this week with the commencement of a new SEPP providing the land use framework and development pathways for…


Gosford Alive

29 September 2020
The Independent Planning Commission approved the ‘Gosford Alive’ concept application on Friday, which will see one of the largest opportunity sites in Gosford be redeveloped and create hundreds of jobs during construction and operation, new public through site links, ground floor activation, and introduce new housing all promoting the Government’s vision for Gosford as the capital…


Iglu Mascot

25 September 2020
Mecone has proudly assisted IGLU Pty Ltd and Bates Smart Architects Pty Ltd to achieve an approval from Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel for their student accommodation proposal of 435 beds. The development is located 200m from the rail station at 6-8 John St & 13B Church Ave Mascot.


Balmain Leagues Club

15 September 2020
Mecone is thrilled to have worked as part of an amazing team including Scott Carver, PDS Group Australia and JMT Consulting to have successfully obtained development approval for the Balmain Leagues Club site on behalf of Heworth Holdings Australia. This major project approval will enable the redevelopment of the vacant site for a new Town Square, Wests Tigers Club, and a local…


93 Forest Road, Hurstville

04 September 2020
Mecone is proud to have assisted Fridcorp and Woolworths in obtaining the development approval for the fit-out of a supermarket including a licensed liquor store at 93 Forest Road, Hurstville. The approved supermarket will provide for the needs of the community and encourage the generation of further employment opportunities within the area.


2B West Street, Lewisham

03 September 2020
Mecone is proud to have worked with Jackson Teece, APG and John Oultram and Arkadia, among others, to successfully assist Catholic Healthcare Pty Ltd in obtaining approval from the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel to construct a high quality Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) and Independent Living Units at 2B West St, Lewisham. The approval includes a total of…


6-8 Orwell Street, Potts Point

02 September 2020
Mecone proudly assisted Tricon Group Pty Ltd and Nordon Jago Architects to obtain approval from the City of Sydney Local Planning Panel for alterations and additions to the existing building at 6-8 Orwell St, Potts Point. The alterations and additions on site accommodate 16 social and affordable dwellings guaranteed for 25 years for women escaping domestic violence and older women vulnerable to…


16 Carey Street, Manly

14 July 2020
Mecone is proud to have assisted the owner & Saturday Studios in obtaining Section 4.55(1A) Modification Approval from the Northern Beaches Council Development Determination Panel for this beautiful home at 16 Carey Street, Manly.


5-11 Hollywood Avenue, Bondi Junction

10 July 2020
Mecone are pleased to have assisted IGLU and Bates Smart in securing approval via Class 1 Appeal from the Land and Environment Court for a new high quality 197 room lifestyle hotel development with ground level retail/cafe uses within the Bondi Junction centre.


119 Barton Street, Monterey

03 July 2020
Mecone have been successful in obtaining unanimous support from the Bayside Local Planning Panel for the rezoning of 119 Barton Street, Monterey to facilitate the delivery of medium density residential development across the site that formerly accommodated the Francis Drake Bowling Club.


22 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria

30 June 2020
Mecone are pleased to announce we have successfully obtained concept approval for the commercial office redevelopment of 22 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria proposed by Markham. The determination of approval was granted by the Central Sydney Planning Committee last Thursday 25 June 2020. The concept approval will facilitate a new A-Grade Office Campus comprising nearly 23,000sqm of…


Mosaic Launches in Queensland

18 June 2020
We are excited to share with you the launch of Mecone’s Mosaic online interactive mapping tool in South East Queensland. This initial launch has a focus on Brisbane City Council mapping as well as many regional and state planning layers within South East Queensland.
Mosaic is an online mapping tool that draws together a collection of key datasets such as…


Special Activation Precinct SEPP and Parkes Master Plan

17 June 2020
Mecone are proud to have supported the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in the drafting of the Special Activation Precinct SEPP and Parkes Master Plan. This is a big step forward in setting up a planning framework that encourages development and investment in our regions. We look forward to continuing to provide our statutory planning services on approvals processes that…


130-138 Archer Street, Roseville

10 June 2020
Mecone, DKO Architecture & team are proud to assist Mayrin Group to lodge an S4.55(2) Modification Application to Willoughby Council. The modification seeks to improve the townhouse facade which will enable a more harmonious integration with the surrounding streetscape.


29-31 Tupper Street, Enmore

03 June 2020
Mecone are pleased to have assisted Tuppmore Pty Ltd in preparation and lodgement of a DA for a residential flat building of 8 apartments with Inner West Council. Two of the front apartments have been designed as townhouse-style dwellings to contribute to the existing streetscape and landscape character of the…


Aquatic Leisure Centre Parramatta

19 May 2020
Mecone are proud to have assisted City of Parramatta Council in lodging a DA for the much-anticipated Aquatic Leisure Centre Parramatta. The Aquatic Leisure Centre Parramatta will be a state-of-the-art recreational facility for Western Sydney. Mecone were part of an excellent team, which included Grimshaw Architects, Andrew Burgess Architects and McGregor Coxall. Mecone look forward to…


Residential Development Reviews Released

01 May 2020
In the midst of the challenges of Covid-19, good information and analysis is more important than ever. In conjunction with the Urban Land Institute, Mecone is pleased to announce the release of our latest
Residential Development Review publications for Sydney, Melbourne, and southeast Queensland, covering the period July-Dec 2019. In these reports, we have collated and analysed a wide variety of…


Central Sydney Planning Strategy – Now on exhibition

01 May 2020
The City of Sydney has today (1 May) placed the draft Central Sydney Planning Strategy on exhibition. The proposed planning controls, contributions plan and draft CSPS will be exhibited for an extended 10 week period.
The draft CSPS and has had a long gestation, but the documents now on exhibition are largely…


Residential Development Review

30 April 2020
In the midst of the challenges of COVID-19, good information and analysis is more important than ever. This Friday 1 May, 2020 the Urban Land Institute and Mecone will launch the latest Residential Development Reviews for Sydney, Melbourne, and southeast Queensland. Join us to learn what the figures are telling us about the rate of development, population projections, major infrastructure…


Planning System Acceleration Program

30 April 2020
The NSW Government has recently announced plans to fast-track the assessment of Development Applications and Rezonings to keep the economy moving during this time, through the Planning System Acceleration Program. This program aims to accelerate the approval process for projects…


2-2A Gladstone Street, Newtown

24 April 2020
Mecone proudly assisted Tricon Group Pty Ltd and Nordon Jago Architects to obtain approval for a new mixed-use development comprising 21 social and affordable dwellings and ground level creative commercial uses at Gladstone St, Newtown.


60-62 Alexander Avenue, Taren Point

07 April 2020
Mecone are pleased to have obtained approval for a new 20 unit industrial warehousing complex located at Alexander Avenue, Taren Point. The project was designed by Tread Design Studio, with Mecone obtaining development consent for the project from Sutherland Shire Council within 9 months of DA submission. The project will provide new opportunities for a range of small businesses…


Now is a great time to plan

02 April 2020
COVID-19 and working from home shouldn’t stop the planning and development wheels from turning. Now is the time to continue planning your development or creating policy. At Mecone we’re still open for business and ready to assist with the full range of planning services.


Milton St, Ashbury

30 March 2020
Mecone is proud to have assisted Coronation Property in achieving gazettal of 149–163 and 165–171 Milton Street in the amendment of the Canterbury Local Environmental Plan. Mecone congratulates the proponent, Coronation Property and the consultancy team, on this great result.
Mecone has worked closely with the project team to enable a change of use of these vacant industrial…


COVID-19 and Mecone

18 March 2020
Mecone is responding daily to the ever evolving COVID-19 health crisis and remains committed to working with our valued clients to service their needs, whilst protecting the health of our staff, clients and the broader community.
Our response is guided by advice from Australian Government and will be…


Clause 52.07 – Bushire Recovery in Victoria

13 March 2020
The Victorian Minister for Planning has introduced the new Clause 52.07 (Bushire Recovery) to all Planning Schemes on 11 March 2020. The new Particular Provision aims to facilitate and support immediate recovery actions for communities impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires and any future bushfires in Victoria. Certain exemptions are included in the clause to speed up the…


Chatswood RSL

27 February 2020
Mecone – Urban Planning was proud to have assisted Chatswood RSL to lodge the Concept DA to Willoughby City Council for the development of a high rise commercial tower including floor space for the Chatswood RSL and basement parking.


Welcome Connor Mackenzie

27 February 2020
Welcome to Connor Mackenzie, Senior Planner in our Sydney office.
Connor is a Planner & Designer with experience delivering large scale infrastructure, planning and urban design projects across the UK, EMEA, Australia, Central & Latin America and Indonesia. He has worked on a range of projects spanning strategic and infrastructure…


Mosaic Victoria

18 February 2020
Today we are proud to announce a huge milestone in the story of Mosaic, the innovative online planning tool launched by Mecone in 2018. Mosaic now covers Victoria in addition to New South Wales, bringing half of Australia’s population into the online platform. Mosaic is following the pattern set by Mecone’s consulting expansion and outgrowth from Sydney to Melbourne and beyond. Mosaic is…


Hollywood Inn – 19 Bourke Road, Mascot

03 February 2020
Mecone are pleased to have secured approval from the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel for a hotel tower on behalf of Holiday Inn. Located at the important junction of Bourke and O’Riordan Streets in Mascot, the proposal will deliver a 12 storey tower addition with a further…


Welcome Paul Keywood

29 January 2020
Welcome to Paul Keywood, Associate Director in our Sydney office.
Paul provides the benefit of more than 20 years town planning consultancy experience in the UK, and latterly in Mecone’s Sydney office. The majority of his work has been advising long term investors and funds, developers and operators. He has coordinated and negotiated approvals for…


34-36 Mavis Street, Revesby

23 January 2020
Mecone was proud to have assisted RPPG Pty Ltd in obtaining approval from Canterbury Bankstown Council for the redevelopment of an industrial warehouse at 34-36 Mavis Street, Revesby.


20-28 Munni Street, Newtown

21 January 2020
Mecone was proud to have assisted Carrera78 Pty Ltd in obtaining approval from City of Sydney for the development of four boutique terraces at 20-28 Munni Street, Newtown.


Rockdale Town Centre: Interchange Precinct Planning Proposal

19 December 2019
Mecone is pleased to have assisted Fivex in obtaining support from Bayside Council for the Rockdale Town Centre: Interchange Precinct Planning Proposal to proceed to Gateway Determination. Council acknowledged that it has been a long standing vision to deliver a comprehensive mixed use development on the site. In recognition of the proposal’s site-specific and…


Residential Development Review Jan-Jun 2019

18 December 2019
Mecone and ULI Australia are pleased to announce the latest issue of the Residential Development Review – a set of publications presenting data, analysis and insights relating to residential development across the metropolitan areas of Sydney and Melbourne as well as South East Queensland.
We have gathered relevant information from various sources to help those in the planning and property world stay up-to-date on residential development trends. In these issues you will find…


New Population forecasts highlight primacy of Sydney and widening City Country population divide

18 December 2019
This week the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment published an updated population forecast for NSW ( The forecast highlights the ever widening gap in the growth and vitality between Sydney and regional NSW. Sydney will maintain its position as…


Welcome Sophie & Hugh

17 December 2019
Welcome to Sophie Handley and Hugh Halliwell. Sophie is a senior planning executive with extensive experience in all aspects of statutory and strategic planning in the private and public sector in both Victoria and New South Wales. Hugh has 5 years’ experience in the management, assessment and determination of a wide range of complex development types within local government across Sydney.


Western Sydney Aerotropolis

17 December 2019
Recently, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment released a suite of planning documentation related to the next stage of planning for the Aerotropolis. Mecone has taken the time to review the documents released to understand how it will affect development and land use on the ground, and what the implications are…


MOSAIC New Features

16 December 2019
We’re excited to announce a great new feature on Mosaic, the powerful and easy-to-use web mapping tool created by Mecone.
Mosaic now includes highly detailed elevation contours overlaid on the same map as planning controls, cadastre boundaries, and aerial imagery. These elevation contours will give you an intuitive…


22 Thrupp Street, Neutral Bay

28 November 2019
Mecone was proud to have assisted Luigi Rosselli Architects in obtaining approval from the North Sydney Local Planning Panel for alterations and additions to a heritage listed house at 22 Thrupp Street, Neutral Bay.


Alfred Street Precinct Planning Proposal

22 November 2019
Mecone have proudly assisted Benmill in obtaining unanimous support from the Sydney North Planning Panel for the Alfred Street Precinct planning proposal to proceed to Gateway Determination. In recognition of the precinct’s site-specific and strategic merits, the Panel have acknowledged that the proposal represents an exciting opportunity to redeveloped the Bayer Building to deliver a high quality…


GPOP Place-based Infrastructure (PIC) Pilot

14 November 2019
The Greater Sydney Commission last week released the findings of its GPOP Place-based Infrastructure (PIC) Pilot, which the Commission describe as “a strategic planning model that looks holistically at a place to better align growth with the provision of infrastructure and services”.
The outcomes of the PIC recommend the prioritisation of growth in GPOP where it can be aligned with committed or existing infrastructure, such as around the Parramatta CBD, Westmead, and…


6-8 John St and 13B Church Ave, Mascot

06 November 2019
A great place for Sydney’s future students. Mecone just submitted a DA on behalf of Iglu for 435 new student accommodation beds within 150m of Mascot Train Station. Another exciting design by Bates Smart will provide mountains of amenity in an eye catching new building.


Sydney Metro West: Finalised Station Locations

21 October 2019
The NSW Government today announced the finalised station locations for Sydney Metro West, which will more than double capacity between Parramatta and Sydney and feature a 20-minute travel time between the CBDs. The confirmed station locations include Westmead, Parramatta CBD, Olympic Park, Burwood North, Five Dock, Bays Precinct, and Sydney CBD, with optional stations still under consideration at Rydalmere and Pyrmont. The NSW Government has also previously discussed…


Discussion Paper: Kickstarting the productivity conversation

14 October 2019
The NSW Productivity Commissioner has released a Discussion Paper to shape the productivity reform agenda for NSW titled Kickstarting the productivity conversation, which aims to commence a conversation about how the NSW Government can best support continued growth in living standards in the years ahead. The Discussion Paper was partly informed by Mecone research regarding the NSW planning system and how it compares to the planning systems of Victoria, Queensland, and…


ACBC Young Professional Ambassador

13 September 2019
Congratulations to Joe Wang, Senior Planner at Mecone, who has been elected as a Australia China Business Council Young Professional Ambassador for 2019-2020.
ACBC NSW is launching an exclusive Young Professional Ambassador Program (YPA) to help young professionals enhance their professional profiles and to advance their leadership capabilities through learning, networking and access to senior-level leadership and career development…


130 Pitt Street, Sydney

03 September 2019
Mecone is pleased to have assisted CLSA Capital Partners Australia Services Pty Ltd with the approval of the alterations and additions to the existing building and ground floor retail for 130 Pitt Street. The development offers a unique opportunity that will attract high-luxury retail branding on Pitt Street as well as further lane activation along Lees Court.


Rockdale Town Centre: Interchange Precinct Planning Proposal

28 August 2019
Mecone is pleased to have assisted Fivex in obtaining support from Bayside Local Planning Panel for the Rockdale Town Centre: Interchange Precinct Planning Proposal to proceed to the Department of Planning and Environment for Gateway Determination. The Planning Proposal seeks to increase the maximum building height permitted under the Rockdale LEP from 22m to 27m, with additional…


Approval 43 Crisp St, Hampton

31 July 2019
Congratulations to Samuel Property and Bayley Ward Architects on the recent approval of this exceptional apartment building at 43 Crisp Street, on the edge of the Hampton Activity Centre. With construction underway, this corner site provides excellent internal and external amenity for future residents and is a fantastic example of carefully considered high…


Urban Taskforce Development of the Year

30 July 2019
Mecone was pleased to be the planner for the Urban Taskforce Development of the Year. Awarded to Fife Capital for the York & George development, a 32 storey apartment building over a 7 storey retail and commercial podium that included refurbished heritage buildings.


Mecone Welcomes Mark Wisely

01 May 2019
Welcome to Mark Wisely, Senior Planner in our Sydney Office.
Mark is an urban planning professional with experience engaging with key stakeholders and multi-disciplinary teams across a range of public and private sector clients to deliver integrated transport and land use plans and environmental impact statements. His professional experience has spanned…


Residential Development Review

18 April 2019
Mecone are proud to announce the Residential Development Review, a new partnership with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Australia to publish a regular update on the residential markets of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The publication examines the forces impacting on residential development including population growth, planning approvals, dwelling completions, infill and greenfield development, and the overlap of growth and infrastructure. The publication will be released…


Mecone Welcomes Back Mehra Jafari

04 April 2019
Welcome back to Mehra Jafari, Director in our Sydney and Western Sydney Offices.
Mehra has more than 13 years of professional town planning experience working on some of Sydney’s highest profile planning and infrastructure projects. Her experience ranges from development assessment to strategic planning for both the public and private sector. Mehra is particularly interested in integrated land use and…


Mecone Welcomes Camilla Firman

20 February 2019
Welcome to Camilla Firman, Consultant Planner in our Sydney Office.
Camilla has over 4 years industry experience across the Middle East and Europe including Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Lebanon, London and Paris. Her strengths lie in development – focusing on Real Estate, Sustainability, Socio-Economic and Land-Use Planning.
Camilla’s diverse experience on high profile international projects combined with…


Balmain Leagues Club Development Control plan

21 December 2018
At its 11 December 2018 meeting, the Inner West Council endorsed an amended Balmain Leagues Club Development Control Plan to go on public exhibition in early 2019. This is a significant step forward to enable the realisation of this complex site as a high-quality, mixed-use development that includes a local Club and public plaza to complement the Rozelle Darling Street retail precinct.
Mecone congratulates the proponent and new owner Heworth Holdings Group and the consultancy…


Mosaic GIS Tool

13 December 2018
Mecone is proud to announce the launch of the Mosaic GIS tool, an online interactive mapping tool with street and satellite maps, cadastre data, planning controls, Greater Sydney strategic planning info, and much more to come. Mosaic reflects Mecone’s commitment to spatial knowledge of urban planning and the value of technology in answering planning challenges.



Danks Street South Planning Proposal

12 December 2018 | By: Michael Hanisch
At its 10 December 2018 meeting, the City of Sydney Council approved the Danks Street South Planning Proposal for gazettal. Mecone congratulates the proponent, Dahua and the consultancy team including Touchstone Partners (Development Managers) and Mako Architecture (Project Architects) on this great result. Mecone has worked closely with the project team to ensure the approval of the Danks Street South Planning Proposal, which includes amendment to controls within the…


Big Strategic Planning Changes for Local Government in NSW

24 August 2018 | By: Jeremy Dwyer
With the publication of the Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities and the five District Plans in March 2018, the clock has started for councils to complete work on the many Priorities and Actions outlined in both strategic planning documents.
With a deadline of 3 years from March 2018 (or 2 years for 18 councils who are the recipients of $2.5 million in funding from the NSW Government) councils are expected to have completed an update of their Local Environmental Plans which incorporate and reflect the strategic directions of the…


Melbourne’s Middle Ring

21 August 2018 | By: Rubin Winograd
With a rapidly rising population and demand for housing diversity and affordability in appropriate locations, the pressure for urban consolidation in middle ring suburbs remains strong. Planning authorities are being asked to find a balance between appropriate infill development to support a growing population and housing choice while responding to neighbourhood character and…



Are Dwelling Approvals Telling the Whole Story?

16 August 2018 | By: Ben Hendriks and Winston Yang
A recent article published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 12 August highlights how some Sydney councils are “surging past housing targets” with dwelling approvals occurring at a rate that is “faster than what some would like”.


Central Melbourne Design Guide: Draft for Exhibition

8 August 2018

Mecone’s Submission to Amendment C308 of the Melbourne Planning Scheme

The Melbourne City Council has prepared a Planning Scheme Amendment for land generally within the Hoddle Grid and Southbank (the Central City) – affecting land generally within the Capital City Zone, Public Use Zone, Mixed Use Zone and General Residential Zone within the Design and…


Mecone Welcomes Will Sullivan

12 July 2018

Welcome to Will Sullivan, Senior Consultant in our Sydney Office.

Will has recently completed a Master of Property Development at UTS and has a strong interest in the opportunity and complexity of urban planning at all scales from strategic plans to individual projects. He works between our Sydney and Western Sydney office, principally within the policy and…


Opalia Estate and New Neighbourhood Activity Centre in Melton South

11 July 2018

179-253 Exford Road, Melton South

Mecone is pleased to have successfully achieved a planning permit for Opalus Melton Pty Ltd for a 581-lot subdivision, which includes a Neighbourhood Activity Centre, land set aside for a future government primary school, community centre and a 9.83 hectare active open…


Mecone Welcomes Mason Stankovic

11 July 2018

Welcome to Mason Stankovic, Senior Planner in our Sydney Office.

Mason is a commercially minded senior planner with 5 years experience working within the NSW planning system. He has qualifications from both the University of Newcastle and the University of Technology, Sydney.
Mason has experience in both statutory and strategic planning and has worked for both…


Sydney’s First ‘Youth Foyer’

10 July 2018 | By: Kate Bartlett
Mecone is proud to have worked with SGCH, Uniting and DKO to secure approval from the City of Sydney for Sydney’s first ‘Youth Foyer’ providing more affordable housing and support services for young people. The development will enable 53 affordable housing studios for young people who have had one ‘out of home’ care experience as well as 24 hour services and support to be managed by Uniting. The development will also provide a number of affordable housing studios to be managed by…


New Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) System for Victorian Greenfields Growth Areas

9 July 2018

The Planning and Environment Amendment (Public Land Contributions) Act 2018 came in effect on Monday 2 July. This legislation introduces a land contribution model for the Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) system in Victoria. The land contribution model enables land for public purposes to be provided as part of an infrastructure contribution when land is developed…


4-8 Marian Street, Killara

9 July 2018 | By: Michael Hanisch

Mecone is celebrating the approval of a 31 Apartment Residential Flat Building at 4-8 Marian Street, Killara. As part of the Development Application, the proposal included the provision of 14 affordable housing apartments, with a breach of the existing height controls. The application ran the course of a deemed refusal for which Mecone provided expert town planning services for the appeal…


Penrith Golf Course Seniors Living Development

2 July 2018 | By: Michael Hanisch

On Monday 25 June 2018, Luxeland’s $60M Development Application for 160 Seniors Living Apartments was approved by the Western Sydney Planning Panel. The serviced self-care apartments are sited amongst the Penrith Golf Course, affording the future residents the amenity and enjoyment of the surrounding Golf Course facilities. The approval of the project is the culmination of the efforts of…


Promotions in Mecone

22 June 2018

Mecone would like to congratulate two of our accomplished and dedicated team members on being promoted. Their continued commitment to providing best possible outcomes for our clients through round-the-clock productivity is acknowledged and greatly appreciated.

Congratulations Joe and Mike!


Mecone Welcomes Luke Zajac

12 June 2018

Welcome to Luke Zajac, Student Planner in our Sydney Office.

Luke is currently a second-year planning student undertaking a Bachelor of City Planning (Honours) at the University of New South Wales. He is passionate about land use and transport, strategic planning and the current development trends that…


Mecone to Present at Institute of Property Development Seminar

28 May 2018

Planning and Development Strategies: Creating value in a tight market 

This coming Thursday, 31st May, Lauren McMahon and Michael Hanisch will be presenting alongside Charles Fortin, Managing Director at Collard Maxwell Architects, at the Institute of Property Development Seminar on the topic of town planning entitled “Planning and Development Strategies…


Mecone Welcomes Kathryn Jones

23 May 2018

Welcome to Kathryn Jones, Graduate Planner in our Brisbane Office.

Kathryn has recently received her Bachelor of Urban Development (Urban and Regional Planning) from the Queensland University of Technology.

Prior to joining Mecone, Kathryn worked for State Government where she gained experience in both…


Mecone Welcomes Phil Cristaldi

3 May 2018

Welcome to Phil Cristaldi, Director in our Brisbane Office

Phil has over 17 years of experience as a planner and project manager having worked in the private and public sectors. Phil has been involved in a wide range of planning and strategic projects across Queensland covering land use and development within the residential, industrial, commercial and…


Mecone Welcomes Jeremy Dwyer

16 March 2018

Welcome to Jeremy Dwyer, Associate Planner in our Sydney Office.

Jeremy has over 10 years of professional town planning experience working in strategic planning for both local and state government. His experience ranges from reviewing and preparing local environmental plans and greenfield development policy, development of infrastructure co-ordination…


Brunswick East Apartments Designed for Sustainable Living

16 March 2018 | By: Danny Hahesy

77-83 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East

Congratulations to Antipodean Land Developments and Kerstin Thompson Architects for this exceptionally designed six-storey mixed-use development, which was recently issued a planning permit directly by Moreland City Council in Victoria. The project involves amalgamation and redevelopment…


Mecone Welcomes Jordan Faeghi

9 March 2018

Welcome to Jordan Faeghi, Senior Planner in our Western Sydney Office.

Jordan has worked across a range of complex statutory and strategic development projects in NSW, gaining valuable insight into all aspects of planning, development and design. He has prepared planning reports and development applications relating to subdivisions, seniors living, infrastructure upgrades and residential and mixed-use…


Mecone Welcomes Emma Laing

22 February 2018

Welcome to Emma Laing, Graduate Planner in our Brisbane Office.

Emma recently graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Urban Development (Urban and Regional Planning). Her thesis was focused on how land uses in coastal areas will be impacted by coastal hazards such as coastal erosion and storm tide inundation and subsequently how these land uses will change to face these impacts…


Mecone Welcomes Joe Wang

12 February 2018

Welcome to Joe Wang, Planning Consultant in our Sydney Office.

Joe has completed a Master of Planning at the University of New South Wales, with a focus on how planning can influence community resilience. He is passionate about land use and transport, strategic planning and other areas of statutory planning such as affordable housing and employment lands.

Prior to joining Mecone, Joe has worked in property development in Sydney across various residential…


Mecone and CBD One Pty Ltd Secure DA Consent

9 January 2018

Mecone, with CBD One Pty Ltd has secured DA consent to convert the historic Charles Plaza building to a hotel with rooftop restaurant at 58-68 King Street Sydney. Designed by Fender Katsalidis Australia, the redevelopment will enable the existing building to be used as:
• A hotel with 183 suites;
• Refurbishment of the existing lower-ground floor food and drinks premises; and
• A 1-storey rooftop addition for restaurant and bar area.


LEP Amendment for New South Head Road, Double Bay

4 December 2017

Mecone, together with Fivex Pty Ltd has secured approval for a Planning Proposal to increase the density of the site 374-382 New South Head Road, Double Bay in Woollahra Local Government Area. The Planning Proposal amended the Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014 to allow for an increase in height (from 14.7m to 23.5m) and FSR (from 2.5:1 and 3:1 to 4.5:1) which will create additional commercial and residential floor space in the Double Bay Town Centre.


Mecone Welcomes Rubin Winograd

29 November 2017

Welcome to Rubin Winograd, Senior Planning Consultant in our Melbourne Office.

Rubin is a planner with 7 years experience across the public and private sectors in Victoria. 

With almost 6 years background in Local Government, Rubin developed his skills representing the Council as an advocate at VCAT and was successful in running community consultations…


Mecone Headed to Brisbane

27 November 2017

Mecone is very pleased to announce that commencing in February 2018 it will be expanding into the Queensland market. Simon Forsyth will be leading the new Brisbane practice and will expand our presence as a boutique consultancy of…



Another Success Story for Planning in Melbourne

24 November 2017
Mecone has recently overseen strategic and statutory planning for NX Property Group to obtain approval for an additional 221 dwellings in Melbourne’s south – east.

The 67 million dollar development on Browns Road will consist of 74 townhouses and 147 apartments.




Associate Promotions in Mecone

24 November 2017
Mecone would like to congratulate three of our accomplished and dedicated team members on being promoted to associate. Their continued commitment to providing best possible outcomes for our clients though round-the-clock productivity is acknowledged and greatly appreciated.


20-33 Shepherd Street, Liverpool LEP Amendment Approval

16 November 2017 | By: Joseph Bell
On 3 November 2017, The Department of Planning and Environment approved amendments to the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2008 at 20-33 Shepherd Street, Liverpool.



Melbourne Residential Development Review

15 November 2017
Detached houses and townhouses on the rise as apartments slow in Australia’s fastest growing city. Our Melbourne Residential Development Review shows detached house and townhouse approvals increasing in the second quarter of 2017 while apartment approvals decline.




Mecone Maps Australia’s Same-Sex Marriage Vote

15 November 2017
Mecone has spatially mapped the results of Australia’s same-sex marriage vote. Of the five largest capital cities, Sydney has significantly less support for same-sex marriage. A city-by-city review is below, with maps showing the percentage of ‘Yes’ votes.




Mecone Welcomes New Associate Director to the Team

9 November 2017
Welcome to Georgia Sedgmen,  Associate Director in our Western Sydney Office.

Georgia has over 13 years of professional town planning experience in strategic and statutory planning within local government and private consultancies.  Her major responsibilities have included managing a high caseload of various development applications, providing specialist evidence at the Land and Environment Court and preparing, reviewing and analysing Local Environmental Plans, Development Control Plans and other planning documents.

Welcome Georgia!


Quality and Quantity in Hawthorn Victoria

8 November 2017
Mecone, together with Rothe Lowman Architects and M2 Management Group have achieved a breakthrough Planning Permit issued directly by the City of Boroondara for a 7 storey mixed use development at 538-542 Burwood Road, Hawthorn on behalf of…



Welcome Back, Annabelle!

2 November 2017
Mecone would like to extend a warm welcome to Annabelle Russell.

Annabelle has previously worked as a Student Planner with Mecone and has now returned full-time as a Graduate Planner.

Annabelle’s expertise is in Statutory Planning, Due Diligence Research, Urban design and Development Advisory. Her thesis dissertation focused on community perceptions towards infill development and densification in inner city areas.

Welcome back, Annabelle!


Congratulations, Kate!

21 August 2017
We are very pleased to announce that Kate Bartlett has been promoted to the position of Director in Mecone. Kate is well known for being an expert in her field and continuously raises the bar for successful planning outcomes.

Kate has extensive industry experience in statutory and strategic planning as well as planning policy. Her knowledge and expertise see Kate as a highly effective and confident consultant whom is highly valued by our clients. Congratulations!


Greenfield Site Development Consent Obtained

23 June 2017
Mecone has successfully obtained development consent from Blacktown City Council for the subdivision of a greenfield site at Townson Road, Colebee. The proposal will subdivide the site into 283 residential lots and includes the provision of new roads, cycle and pedestrian pathways, landscaping, public open space area, and vegetated drainage areas.

Mecone has been involved with the landowners of the site for a number of years, previously obtaining a part-precinct release from the Minister…


English Centre at Ascham Independent Girls School Approved

26 May 2017
Mecone has secured development approval through the Sydney Central Planning Panel for a new English Centre at Ascham Independent Girls School. The site is located within Edgecliff Town Centre and across to Edgecliff Train Station and Edgecliff bus interchange.

The Development Application proposed a 4-storey English Centre which will create further teaching space associated with the Dalton Plan which promotes…


Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre Approval

25 May 2017
At the Central Sydney Planning Committee meeting on 11 May 2017, the City of Sydney Council carried unanimously the recommendation to grant development consent to the ‘Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre’, a new aquatic centre and park located in the Green Square urban renewal area. The aquatic centre features a striking architectural design prepared by Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw and T.C.L, which was the winning design of an architectural design competition held by the City in 2014…


Secured Approval for $200m Mixed-use Development

25 May 2017
Mecone has successfully secured approval with the Sydney South Planning Panel for a $200m mixed use development within the East Quarter Precinct of Hurstville. Together with the developer Fridcorp, we were able to secure the Development Application and Planning Proposal within 9 months.




Planning Permit Issued at 45 Orrong Street

18 May 2017
Congratulations to Moda and Ewert Leaf Architects on the recent release of this elegantly designed building at 45 Orrong Road, just on the edge of the Elsternwick Village. A challenging site and a great result, with a planning permit issued directly by City of Glen Eira. We’re excited to see this one built.




Western Sydney and the Challenges to its Growth

18 May 2017
Western Sydney has overtaken Eastern Sydney both in terms of population and the rate of population growth. By 2036, it is anticipated that Western Sydney will have 700,000 more residents compared to Eastern Sydney. On 11 May, UDIA NSW held a luncheon to discuss the growth of Western Sydney and some of the challenges that will need to be overcome to allow for the development that will accommodate this growth….



Will Ridesharing Push Out the Need for Public Transport?

5 May 2017
The idea of ridesharing has existed for decades, where big names like Uber and Lyft have promoted the concept further. However, not all these services are actually ridesharing, but rather a private-car taxi service.

According to researchers at the University of Melbourne, plans for ridesharing to go social is now on its way. ridesharing with social media friends could be a key part of our transport future and that how you get from A to B is about to be disrupted once again. The goal is to…


Building Spree is Picking Up Pace Across Sydney

4 May 2017
As Sydney grows rapidly, the building spree is picking up pace across Sydney. An analysis of Department of Planning figures has shown the full extent of the building spree picking up pace across the city and highlighted the areas where construction is set to erupt at unprecedented levels. Figures reveal that housing construction in Western and Central Sydney is happening at 10 times the rate of the rest of the city.

Managing Director of Mecone, Ben Hendriks having attended hundreds of community consultations gave his say on the implications of opposing development…


Office Opening in Parramatta

1 May 2017
Mecone is excited to announce the opening of our Western Sydney office based in Parramatta CBD, which complements our existing Sydney CBD and Melbourne offices. With the significant growth in projects and movement of key agencies to Parramatta, we are confident in the future of the Western Sydney region. Our Western Sydney office enables Mecone to continue to deliver a high level of service to our clients, with a strong focus on planning and development opportunities specific to the region.

Adam Coburn will be the Practice Lead for our Western Sydney office and can be contacted on…


The Australian: Lost Property Series

27 April 2017
4.4 million Australian millennials, are now holding off or cancelling plans to settle down and purchase a home due the unrealistic expectations of affordable housing. The social and economic repercussion is serious and long-term, where millennials are now racked by insecurity, indecision and frustration.

Managing Director of Mecone, Ben Hendriks was recently interviewed by The Australian contributing his say to part one of the Lost Property – Special Series.


Gateway Approval for Rezoning

21 April 2017
Mecone recently obtained Gateway approval for the rezoning of land to allow the expansion of the Blackmores Campus at Warriewood.

Mecone continues to work with Blackmores and Northern Beaches Council to achieve rezoning, which in turn will create hundreds of new local jobs for the Northern Beaches.



Senior Urban Planner

13 April 2017
Our Melbourne office is looking for a new Senior Urban Planner to join our growing team.

If you are interested please apply via Seek at Senior Urban Planner or for further information please contact Danny Hahesy, Melbourne Practice Director at or (03) 8547 9510.

Applications close 9 May 2017


DA Approval for a Boutique Block of Units

10 March 2017
The redevelopment of the site proposes a boutique Residential Flat Building with 20 residential units and a basement level for 16 car parking spaces. The site is conveniently located within close proximity to Petersham Train Station, a number of bus services and retail shops along New Canterbury Road. The Inner West Council supported an 8.1% FSR variation to the Marrickville Local Environmental Plan 2012 which was supported by a Clause 4.6 variation…


Is Planning Letting Us Down?

23 February 2017
With the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimating that the number of people who call Australia home will grow from 22.7 million in 2012 to between 36.8 million and 48.53 million by 2061, we face a vast challenge in terms of providing sufficient levels of housing to cater for our growing population and to address housing affordability issues.

Our Managing Director, Ben Hendriks has been featured on a recent article by Andrew Heaton on Sourceable, that addresses the planning issues and challenges we face in our growing cities.


Parramatta Light Rail First Stages Announced

17 February 2017
We are excited to see that today the Premier announced the first stage of the Parramatta Light Rail project! It’s great to be involved in a new infrastructure project that will help support the growth of Greater Parramatta and improve transport accessibility for residents and workers.

Mecone has been working with Transport for NSW on the project.

Read more here: Premier Gladys Berejiklian Reveals 16 Parramatta Light Rail Stops



Redevelopment of 29 Browns Road, Clayton Approved

19 January 2017
We are proud to be working with Mushan Group for the redevelopment of the former Clayton Primary School into a high quality medium density residential community. The Development Plan was recently approved by City of Monash. The town planning application is underway. The plan envisages transformation of this vacant 2ha site into diverse mix of over of 250 apartments and townhouses centred around a common green space and connected via leafy pedestrian-friendly internal streets.


Melbourne’s First Planning Permit Now Under Construction

18 January 2017
Mecone’s first planning permit from our Melbourne office is now under construction. Mecone negotiated with Glen Eira Council and local residents on behalf of DO Architects to achieve a great planning permit for this three-storey boutique apartment building at 460 Dandenong Road, Caulfield North.

We look forward to seeing the finished product!


Congratulations Emma Burke

23 November 2016
We are happy to announce that Emma has been promoted to Associate Director.

Emma has been doing really impressive work with TfNSW across a number of major projects and is well regarded by our Government clients. She has been working with a lot of autonomy on some really challenging, high profile projects.



Interim Development Controls for Fishermans Bend in Melbourne

23 November 2016
The Minister for Planning has announced interim development controls for Fishermans Bend, focusing on social housing and smart design for the 80,000 people projected to live in the area. There are a number of existing town planning applications currently under assessment in Fishermans Bend. The mandatory controls will require revision of those existing applications. This adds to uncertainty via a constantly changing planning policy landscape in Fishermans Bend. After a number of false starts, we hope that the re-cast Vision for Fishermans bend, and the implementation of that vision in the coming years…


Government Progressing Work To Streamline Approval Process And Design Quality For Medium Density Housing In NSW

10 November 2016 | By: Kate Bartlett
In late 2015 and early 2016, the Dept. of Planning and Environment (DPE) exhibited a Discussion Paper exploring options to permit medium density housing such as terraces and townhouses as ‘complying development’. Enabling ‘complying development’ provisions for terraces and townhouse style development through the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP), is seen as a key enabler of additional housing supply and choice for Sydney in particular, and NSW more broadly…


Submission to Victoria’s Better Apartment Draft Design Standards

20 September 2016
Public consultation on Victoria’s Better Apartment Draft Design Standards closed on 19th September 2016. The standards have been produced by the Department of Environment, Land Water and planning (DELWP) on behalf of the Victorian Minister for Planning.

Mecone’s submission welcomes the introduction of Apartment Design Standards for Victoria, but recommends a number of refinements in terms of Building Setbacks, room depth, window locations, natural ventilation, and landscaping…


Mecone Welcomes Phillip Rygl as our Newest Melbourne Director

1 September 2016
Mecone would like to welcome Phillip Rygl as our newest Director based in our Melbourne office. Phillip is a highly experienced planner having worked in the public and private sectors for over 16 years. His expertise in statutory and strategic planning covers a wide range of land use and development projects across residential, industrial, health, commercial and tourism sectors.

Phillip acts as an advisor and advocate to developers on a range of development and rezoning projects across Melbourne and regional Victoria. He has been an advisor to local and State Government and has regularly represented clients at VCAT and Planning Panels.


Stage 2 Epsom Road, Zetlands Endorsed by the CSPCStage 2 Epsom Road, Zetlands Endorsed by the CSPC

31 August 2016
The redevelopment of the Epsom Road site proposes a mixed-use development located within the Epsom Park Precinct which forms part of the Green Square Renewal area. The site is within walking walking distance to the Green Square train station and new community facilities, including Gunyama Park and Green Square Aquatic Centre

A Stage 1 Development Application was approved to establish the development parameters for the site. Following the Stage 1 DA approval three Design Competitions ran simultaneously. Mecone assisted with the project managing and provided planning services for the lodgement and approval of Stage 1 and 2 DA. Stage 2 of the Development Application has now be endorsed by the CSPC.


18 Huntley Street, Alexandria Granted Consent by the CSPC18 Huntley Street, Alexandria Granted Consent by the CSPC

31 August 2016
Located in a prime area directly across from Sydney Park, the CSPC granted consent last Thursday for a new DKO and Breathe Architecture designed mixed use development comprising 153 dwellings with a site area of approximately 5,590 m2, a new publicly-accessible open space “Huntley Green” and café at 18 Huntley St Alexandria for Defence Housing Australia. Mecone has worked on the project from the preparation of site-specific DCP controls, through to the Design Competition and Development Approval. Great outcome for all involved.


The City’s Heritage Floor Space Scheme is changingThe City’s Heritage Floor Space Scheme is Changing

11 July 2016 | By: Kate Bartlett
The City of Sydney Heritage Floor Space (HFS) Scheme has been a key component of the City’s planning controls in Central Sydney since the 1970s. An innovative scheme that provides an incentive for the conservation and ongoing maintenance of heritage items in Central Sydney by allowing owners of heritage buildings to sell unused development potential from their site, known as heritage floor space.

When a heritage item owner completes conservation works they may be awarded HFS by the City of Sydney through their development consent. The awarded…


Central City Built Form Review SubmissionsSubmission to the Central City Built Form Review

15 May 2016 | By: Danny Hahesy
Mecone’s submission to Melbourne’s Central City Built Form Review, focuses on the detail of the proposed controls of the Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C270, as the concept of plot ratio and bonus plot ratio (or Floor Area Uplift) is well understood and an accepted practice in many developed economies.

Mecone supports the provision of greater certainty and consistency of built form outcomes, improvement of public amenity, the boosting of sustainable investment and enhancement of liveability. These are all logical and practical aims of any Planning Scheme – to balance the social, environmental and economic aspects of development across any city or region…


Integrated Land Use and Transport Planning in SydneyIntegrated Land Use and Transport Planning in Sydney

14 June 2016 | By: Ben Hendriks and Winston Yang
Throughout Sydney’s history, its growth has been inextricably linked with the growth of its public transport network. Mecone’s presentation on integrated land use and transport planning in Sydney tells four high-level interlinked stories: the historical patterns of growth in Sydney, the important role public transport has had in facilitating this growth, some of the key challenges to Sydney’s growth in the future and questions around whether Sydney has the planning capacity to accommodate the forecast growth and an outline of how new transport projects can assist by unlocking the potential for growth…


Waterloo Urban Renewal ProjectTransit and Urban Renewal Value Creation

31 May 2016 | By: Mecone and LUTI Consulting
LUTI Consulting and Mecone Planning (with support from the NSW Government and the CRCSI) have jointly conducted an integrated land use and transport Hedonic Price Modelling assessment of Sydney’s key transit and transit-oriented urban renewal investments over the period 2000 to 2014.

The LUTI–Mecone study analyses the land value uplift associated with access to transit infrastructure, a change in land use zoning, and a change in allowable development density. The study then presents an argument for integrating transit…


Waterloo Urban Renewal ProjectWaterloo Urban Renewal Project

9 May 2016 | By: Lauren McMahon
The suburb of Waterloo is to undergo one of the largest urban renewal projects in Australia. The exact boundary of the renewal project has not been defined to date however we know that the entire development area is approximately 40 hectares with 13 hectares owned by the Government. The project seeks to create a mixed-housing precinct which will accommodate an additional 30,000 residents and 10,000 dwellings with 1/3 being social and affordable housing while the remainder being private (SMH, Waterloo chosen over Sydney University…


Mecone and UDIA NSW announces the Residential Development ReviewMecone and UDIA NSW announces the Residential Development Review

1 May 2016
Mecone has joined with UDIA NSW to create the Residential Development Review – a new publication reporting on the state of Sydney’s housing market that seeks to address the difficulty of access to this information. It brings together statistical and spatial data from various government authorities and presents them in a clear and graphical manner so that housing development data is simple to find, quick to interpret and easy to understand…


Mecone Sydney Welcomes New Director to the TeamMecone Sydney Welcomes New Director to the Team

29 April 2016
Mecone Sydney welcomes Lee Mulvey as Director to head our Strategic sector of the planning team.
Lee is an urban planner with over 15 years experience in the public and private sectors, leading a range of strategic land use planning and environmental projects.

Lee was most recently employed with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment as the Director, Metropolitan Region (CBD) (Sydney Region East).

Lee can be contacted on


Mecone Consulting Opens Melbourne OfficeMecone Consulting Opens Melbourne Office

21 March 2016
Mecone Consulting is very pleased to announce the opening of its new Melbourne office. Headed up by new Director Danny Hahesy, Mecone looks forward to extending its highly regarded planning consulting and advisory services to the Victorian market. Mecone will continue to offer clever, yet simple, strategic and statutory planning solutions designed to withstand the highest levels of scrutiny and the test of time. Danny can be contacted on to discuss your planning needs.


Light Rail in Parramatta‘The Missing Middle’ – Medium Density Housing in New South Wales

16 March 2016 | By: Joseph Bell
There has been a recent focus in New South Wales planning regarding medium density housing forms, and in particular the classic inner city ‘terrace house’. The expansion of these traditionally inner city housing forms to Sydney’s suburbs and greenfield estates has been suggested as a potential solution for the city’s housing crisis. The city needs to provide 600,000 new dwellings over the next 15 years, and cutting red tape for terraces and townhouses is seen as a way of getting there…



Light Rail in ParramattaWestern Sydney – Motorways or Public Transport?

19 February 2016 | By: Winston Yang
It is said that Sydney is a tale of two cities – the east and the west. When it comes to the development of Sydney’s transport network, throughout the second-half of the 20th century, this generally seems very much to be the case… The map below illustrates the development of Sydney’s suburban railway network in western and eastern Sydney over a 60-year period between 1941 and 2011. During this period, eastern Sydney grew by approximately 1.2 million people and benefitted from 13 additional stations. In contrast, western Sydney grew by approximately 1.7 million people but had several branch lines removed, with a loss of 19 stations…


SEIFA-1Design Competitions; What are they? and are they Worthwhile?

19 November 2015 | By: Adam Coburn

Design competitions are becoming increasingly popular and if undertaken successfully can improve market yield and provide a significant contribution to the design of the urban environment. Notwithstanding they can be tricky to navigate and need to be facilitated so that they deliver a quality yet feasible outcome for the developer, and provide the confidence to Council that the competition has properly facilitated and that design excellence has been achieved…


SEIFA-1Potential pitfalls for renovating affordable housing

16 November 2015 | By: Denise Thornton

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (Affordable Housing SEPP) intends to increase the supply and diversity of affordable rental and social housing in the state.The Affordable Housing SEPP specifically aims to retain existing affordable housing and where there is considered to be a reduction in affordable housing a contribution may be required to fund the provision of new affordable housing on another site…


SEIFA-1NSW’s largest new urban renewal precinct?

9 November 2015 | By: Kate Bartlett

Located within 2km of Sydney’s CBD, future planning for the Bays Precinct is progressing as NSW’s largest new urban renewal precinct. The Bays Precinct consists of over 90 hectares of Government-owned land and includes major sites of the Sydney Fish Market, Blackwattle Bay, White Bay, Glebe Island, Rozelle Bay and the Rozelle rail yards…



SEIFA-1Improving urban equity through land use and transport planning

5 October 2015 | By: Mehra Jafari

Transport projects often involve significant cost to the public, but are essential for urban productivity and play an important role in providing better economic opportunities for disadvantaged people and promoting urban equity.

Equity can generally be defined as fair distribution of impacts (costs and benefits)…


SEIFA-1Greater Sydney Commission to guide future planning across Sydney

10 September 2015 | By: Josh Coy

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced yesterday the proposed structure of the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC), which will soon be responsible for the co-ordination of Sydney’s metropolitan planning, in partnership with state and local government.

The Greater Sydney Commission will consist of 13 appointees, and will include for the first time an Environment Commissioner, Economic Commissioner, and Social Commissioner…


SEIFA-1Camellia – Sydney’s latest urban renewal opportunity

4 September 2015 | By: Joseph Bell

In July, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) released three documents relating to the Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy for the Camellia Precinct. The Precinct has been identified within a corridor expected to grow significantly over the next two decades, helping strengthen the status of Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD.The Camellia Precinct is a large industrial area, approximately 320ha in size and located along the Parramatta River, 2km east of the Parramatta CBD. Currently, the Precinct employs 3000 workers, with major employers including James Hardie…


SEIFA-1As Sydney plunges into Light Rail

24 August 2015 | By: Lauren McMahon

Sydney is preparing its self for the construction of the new CBD and South East Light Rail which commences in October. The Light Rail will travel from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station and on to Moore Park, then to Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street. The Light Rail project is a $2.1 billion NSW government initiative which aims to revitalise the urban environment, reduce traffic congestion and create additional transport options for existing and future population demands…


SEIFA-1Painting an intricate portrait of Sydney through spatial mapping

10 August 2015 | By: Winston Yang

Just a few short decades ago, checking the zoning maps for a parcel of land was a far more involved task than simply a few clicks of the mouse – it was a task where you would have to physically get yourself to a council office or library if you wanted to peruse the zoning maps. These maps were hard copy and by no means interactive. If you wanted to zoom in, your only choice was a magnifying glass. You could forget about simply turning on an aerial image layer to see what’s on the site or getting down to street level with Street View. If you wanted to see what was there, you would have to make a journey to the site in question yourself…