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Civic worked with the owner of a landmark CBD site, for three years to secure approval for its proposal to replace the 60m building with a 130m tower – 100 metres higher than the preferred maximum height for the site.
With approval unlikely to be obtained through a standard planning process, a communications and government relations strategy was developed and implemented to generate support among stakeholders, decision-makers and influencers to best position the project to secure planning approval.
A collaborative design process that would consider the project in its broader strategic context – as opposed to the narrow parameters of the site’s planning controls – was proposed to the council and state government planning department. A Victorian-first, the planning process led to approval of a 130m mixed-use redevelopment being granted for the site by the Minister for Planning with the amendment gazetted in 2021.
Civic steered one of Melbourne’s largest precinct structure plans from development through to approval.
Part of this work involved defending the precinct structure plan (PSP) from a neighbouring competing land use, that if approved would have made elements of the client’s project unviable.
A key member of the project team, Civic worked closely with the developers, planners and lawyers to ensure an integrated approach from the outset. A strategic communications and government relations program was implemented to build support for the PSP at each level of government, including among political stakeholders and decision-makers.
Targeted community engagement helped manage local interest in the project. Civic’s comprehensive engagement approach, coupled with our ability to navigate the complex political and policy landscape ultimately secured the approval of the PSP.