Helping you avoid the planning pitfalls

With over twenty years experience in managing and navigating the competing interests in urban affairs we are uniquely placed to advise  on the pitfalls and traps which delay or stop new developments.

Engaging the community

We understand the fears and worries that motivate local communities and drive public conflict over changes in land use. We also understand the regulatory environment in which these conflicts are mediated.

About Us

Macken Strategic Planning Solutions is a specialist consultancy offering strategy and advice on all aspects of the NSW planning and development system.

We work closely with our clients, providing expert advice on how to progress a development or a rezoning through the planning maze.

We advise on stakeholder communications, local media management, planning services and community consultation.

We offer clients strategic advice on public affairs and provide insight into the regulations which govern land use management in NSW. 

Our people

Principal: Sean Macken

Sean specialises in providing strategic advice on navigating the planning and assessment system in NSW. Sean has over twenty years experience advising on urban affairs and planning.

He is currently a Research Fellow with the NSW McKell Institute and co-author of the recent “Homes for All” report on Housing affordability. He is also a partner with Think Planners.

He was Director of Development and Infrastructure at Hawker Britton for over a decade, advising on major Part 3A developments, rezoning applications and Public Private Partnerships.

Prior to working at Hawker Britton, he was Senior Advisor to the NSW Minister of Planning Andrew Refshauge. He advised on major state significant developments and rezoning applications.

Sean was a Director of the NSW Urban Taskforce from 2003-2009 and chaired the Taskforce’s Planning Committee. Sean Served as a Councillor on South Sydney Council from 1993-2000. He Chaired the Councils Planning Committee and oversaw the development and implementation of the Green Square Masterplan, Council’s Comprehensive LEP and the Cities Social Plan. He has a Master’s in Public Policy from Sydney University.

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