About Us

The Smarter, Faster Way to Council Approval

When you want Council Approval for a planned development, delays or rejections cost you time, money and stress. Our team are dedicated to getting your plans approved with smart thinking that draws on years of experience working on small through to regional scale developments and various councils throughout Victoria, New South Wales and across Australia.

With our high approval success rate and proven approvals system, we save our clients headaches and in most cases, the hassle of supplying subsequent rounds of information. Our team work fast and hard to get you a yes from council in the shortest time possible. Our trusted and extensive networks also helps our clients get their project completed with high quality professionals and advisors for any stage or aspect of the project.

Core Team

David Klingberg

Director and Principal

David Klingberg has over 30 years’ experience in the planning and the design industry having worked on significant projects nationally and internationally for state and local governments, as well as the private sector. David’s town planning expertise has delivered outstanding outcomes for his clients.

David’s extensive projects include development approvals land use strategies and growth area planning, mixed use and residential master planning, urban regeneration, town centre revitalisation studies and initiatives, state and local government planning policy development and urban design advice. David’s expertise is regularly sought after as a presenter to conferences across Australia and Asia, various universities and for the Planning Institute of Australia.


Chelci Cox

Senior Town Planner & Project Project Delivery Manager

Chelci is experienced in both statutory and strategic planning and has worked as an Urban Planner since 2018 on a range of planning applications, including small and large scale residential projects (development and subdivision) as well as commercial, retail, industrial and mixed use projects.

Having completed a Bachelor of Environments (majoring in Urban Planning and Design) from the University of Melbourne, Chelci is passionate about helping clients understand planning procedures and strategies, and working collaboratively with Council. She has a particular interest in Urban Planning projects aimed at creating healthy places for healthier communities.


Vivian Liu

Town Planner

Vivian is experienced in both statutory and strategic planning having worked on a wide range of applications, including varying scales of residential and commercial projects.

Having completed a Bachelor of Environments (majoring in Urban Planning and Design) from the University of Melbourne and studies at Tongji University in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, she is passionate about helping people navigate the intricacies of town planning requirements and delivering on projects that positively influence cities and communities.


Shannon Clarence

Town Planner

Shannon is experienced in both statutory and strategic planning for a range of residential and commercial developments including managing various contractors to facilitate positive outcomes with Council.

Having completed a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Shannon has a keen interest in affordable housing and how local policy influences rates of affordable housing.


Clients & Partners

We provide services to a range of clients and collaborators, some examples include:

Private Individuals seeking council approvals for developments in: – Victoria and New South Wales
Small to mid size developers – Three Pillars, Core Projects, Abiwood
Large scale developers – Lend Lease, Mirvac, Stockland, Eglinton Estates, MAB
Cities – City of Melbourne, Maribyrnong City Council, Banyule City Council, City of Sydney, City of Newcastle, City of Ho Chi Minh
Regions – The Hunter Region, Greater Shepparton City Council
Collaborators: – ARUP, GTA traffic consultants, Hill PDA, Norton Rose Fulbright

Some of our Private Sector Clients and Partners

Charter Keck Cramer
GTA Consultants
Henderson and Lodge Architects
Hill PDA
John Demos Architecture
Meinhardt Australia
MLD Studio
Norton Rose Fulbright
SGA Architecture
Smith & Tracey Architects
Three Pillars
TTM Group
Woodsome Management

Some of our Public Sector Clients and Partners

Banyule City Council
Bayside City Council
City of Boroondara
City of Brimbank
City of Canada Bay
City of Casey
City of Darebin
City of Greater Dandenong
City of Greater Shepparton
City of Holroyd
City of Melbourne
City of Newcastle
City of Penrith
City of Port Phillip
City of Ryde
City of Sydney
City of Whittlesea
City of Yarra
Darebin City Council DELWP
Knox City Council
Manningham City Council
Maribyrnong City Council
Shire of Nillumbik
Strathfield Council

Client Focused

We are dedicated to serving our clients’ needs. We have a client focus and ethos where we put our customers’ satisfaction first. We continually strive for the highest quality client relations and service delivery.


We have commercial awareness with an understanding of the wider environment in which our clients operate. We are aware of the need for efficiency, cost-effectiveness, customer care and a knowledge of the marketplace in which your company operates.


We are experienced in town planning and urban design, project delivery and client satisfaction. We continue to acquire knowledge and innovate fast to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. We are a learning organization creating a culture that encourages and supports continuous employee learning and new ideas.


SMART is our best practice framework for setting goals and delivery of the highest quality service to our clients. Our SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.