A PolisPlan Initiative
planning for home and hope
Our mobile town planning and strategic engineering consultancy. See below for our services.
A separate entity that will be responsible for the development of regenerative villages in accordance with the principles of our model.
strategic town planner
Steven Liaros is a town planner and author of ‘Rethinking the City’—an exploration of the historical ideas that underpin the organisation of cities—showing how these ideas are being transformed by the Internet. With qualifications in civil engineering, town planning and environmental law, Steven is currently undertaking a PhD research project at the University of Sydney's Department of Political Economy. The project aim is to create a new model for regenerative land development based on the principles of the circular economy and as an organisational principle for building resilient and globally connected, local communities.
Nilmini De Silva
civil engineer, project manager, documentary photographer
Nilmini De Silva is a civil engineer and project manager who has worked for local government for many years, managing water systems and the natural environment. Nil has always been passionate about environmental sustainability but recognises that the environment is best managed by empowering local communities and building social sustainability. Now an accomplished documentary photographer, Nil passionately pursues her dreams and inspires others to do likewise. "Don’t be trapped by your fate, pursue your destiny” is the central theme of Nil’s book Fate or Destiny.
We have the skills to brief technical experts and manage the design development process. In particular, we provide input to, and oversee, the urban design layout to be developed by architects and landscape designers. We also provide the following specific services:
- amendment of planning instruments and schemes (including land rezoning)
- preparation of infrastructure plans (NSW)
- negotiation of Voluntary Planning Agreements (NSW) or s173 Agreements (VIC)
- site-specific development control plans (to support concept plans)
- preparation of Development Applications
We have the skills to project manage a multi-disciplinary team of design experts to deliver a regenerative village project. We also provide a range of associated services including:
- stakeholder and community engagement through facilitated workshops
- creative documentation (photography, blogposts and social media) throughout all stages of development to engage a broader audience and build support for your project
- management of equity crowdfunding process to get projects 'off the ground'
RESEARCH & ADVOCACY
Steven is doing his PhD Research and Sydney University on A New Paradigm for Land Development: Creating Regenerative Nodes within a Distributed & Networked Global City.
We advocate for a strategic planning framework forregenerative villages with local government and communities around Australia. This includes facilitating community and Council workshops as well as writing research articles.
Nilmini is an accomplished documentary photographer with the skills to document events and ideas through photography and creative writing. The output can be provided as a blog post, a series of photographs or a short movie made from the still images. We specialise in using images and words to highlight social issues.
- Creative writing
- Short Movies with still photography
- Information piece using Adobe Spark
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