CPD – Approaches to Town Planning
, Presented by ArchiTeam
2 CPD Formal Points

CPD – Approaches to Town Planning

DATE: Thursday 4 April, 2019

Negotiating the Planning minefield. Landing a Planning Permit, of late, is beginning to feel like a game of cat-and-mouse. Not only is it a time-consuming process, failure at this crucial hurdle has a major impact on a Practice’s future workload (and finances).

This CPD event will examine various tips for negotiating successfully with councils, present case studies of successful outcomes with Council and/or VCAT and reflect on what we can include in planning drawings to smooth the process through.


  • Sonia Sarangi, Atelier Red + Black

Sonia is co-director at Atelier Red+Black, an emerging practice in Fitzroy whose practice motto is that ‘Architecture is for Everyone’. She is a passionate advocate for diversity in our profession and a registered architect in Victoria. Sonia is also a mother and an avid photographer who has exhibited her work professionally. Prior to co-founding her practice, Sonia gained experience in a diverse portfolio of projects in Singapore & Melbourne. She is a sessional tutor for Architectural Practice with the Melbourne School of Design (MSD), a mentor with the AIA’s Constructive Mentorship Program (CMP) and a guest design critic for the School of Architecture at Deakin University. 

  • Kim Belfield, Belfield Planning Consultants P/L

Over the past 28 years Kim has worked as a local government planner with a small rural Council, a large city Council, was coordinator of Statutory Planning for a large regional city. He then went to work for State Government as a regional planner responsible for liaising with local government, dealing with planning scheme amendments, presenting at panels and advising the Minister for Planning. Kim was seconded, within the Department, to draft the State Government position on the Urban Growth Boundary and the Green Wedges for Melbourne 2030 and then went on to look after the Western Region of Victoria promoting both planning and economic development.

Kim established his firm Belfield Planning Consultants P/L in 2005. His core focus is to ensure planning applications navigate through the complex planning world at Council’s and VCAT in the most efficient and effect way possible. Belfield Planning Consultants P/L project manage the planning aspect of development mainly focused on small to medium density residential development with projects ranging from $60million multi storey apartment developments down to installing a window in a heritage building or erecting a sign on a shop.  

In addition to running his business, Kim regularly acts as advocate at VCAT both for projects that he has been involved in and other ones where he has been called in to simply do the representation.  

  • Mark Stanojevic, Ask Planners

Mark launched the business ASK in a freelance capacity in 2012. Since 2014, Mark has run a broad range of projects in statutory and strategic planning across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. The team at ASK comprises James Stuart Menteth and Effie Tangalakis in Planning and Stephanie Laurin in Interior Design. As a team, they coordinate projects big and small through most Councils and run 60-80 appeals annually at VCAT. 

Mark brings 20 years of Local Government experience having previously been Manager Statutory Planning at Glen Eira City Council. He held previous senior roles at Glen Eira City Council and Hobson’s Bay City Council coordinating VCAT appeal services, overseeing major projects and managing staff. He was also integral to award winning fast track planning processes and streamlined VCAT submissions recognized by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).


AACA COMPETENCY: Project Delivery


Learn about various negotiation tactics to use in Council meetings and discussions.
Discover varying approaches to planning – depending on the scale/complexity of the project.
Learn about strategies for reducing the extent of Council RFIs.
Gain a better understanding of Council’s approach when assessing applications.

Tickets are limited, so book in fast!

Points: 2 Formal Points

Cost: Member $38, Non Member $49, Student $15

Where: Queen Victoria Womens Centre, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (LVL 4)

When: 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start (estimated end time – 8:30pm), 4 April

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