City Plan are committed to supporting and mentoring others – both within our teams and across our various industries.

Our planning directors are proud to support the Planning Institute of Australia by presenting in their upcoming educational sessions – the first one titled “Preparing Statements Of Environmental Effects – Tips and Tricks” to be held on Tuesday 27 October.


Whether your Statements of Environmental Effects (SEE) effectively delivers your message can be the difference between a smooth or frustrating development process. A good SEE provides Council and the community with enough information to understand your project and its merits, whilst addressing all the statutory requirements – no mean feat!

Writing a good SEE takes time, practice and insight. This course will provide you with knowledge to improve your SEEs.

Designed For:

New and not so new practitioners striving to write better Statements of Environmental Effects and those tasked with assessing them.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The importance of strategic context;
  • Preparing reports proportionate to the issue; and
  • The view from both sides of the fence, including the perspective of Planning Panel members.


Stephen Kerr – Executive Director (City Plan)

Stephen has almost 30 years’ experience at senior levels in private practice and local and state government, Stephen offers extensive experience in strategic and statutory planning, design control and assessment, organisational review and reform, due diligence and strategic development advice and assessment of major developments.

Stephen combines commercial acumen and advanced problem-solving skills with a solid understanding of government operations and decision-making processes to guide major planning projects through the planning process and to increase the capacity of organisations to achieve their goals.

Mark Schofield – Director , Planning (City Plan)

Mark is a qualified town planner with 20 years’ experience in State and Local Government, with expertise in strategic and statutory planning.

Mark delivered the Development Assessment Best Practice Guide for Councils and Your Guide to the Development Application process, for the Premiers’ Priority Faster Housing Approval program. He has extensive experience in the assessment of local and state significant projects and knowledge of urban and regional planning issues.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday 27 October 2020

Time: 9:00am -12:30pm AEDT

Venue: Online (Zoom access details will be sent prior to the session)

Cost: $205 (PIA Member), $295 (Non-Member)

For more information or to register for this event Click here