Founding Director, Planning, Niche Planning Studio

Nicola Smith

Nicola is a qualified Urban and Regional Planner with over eighteen years’ experience in a wide range of planning and development roles in government and the private sector across Australia.

In her role as Founding Director, Planning, Nicola leads a team of 12 planners and designers at Niche Planning Studio, overseeing the statutory implementation of major projects, including scheme amendments, structure planning, plans of subdivision and planning permits. Her diverse experience and commitment to the industry prompted her appointment to National Board Director of the Planning Institute of Australia in 2017.

Nicola’s skills and leadership within the planning and development industry has been recognised through a variety of avenues including her appointment in 2014 as member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee to review the Victorian State Planning Policy Framework, her appointment to Chair of the UDIA Innovation, Sustainability & Technology Committee in 2015 and her elevation in 2016 to Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

She has also received a number of accolades reflecting her drive and passion for planning, most notably her recent recognition as UDIA Frasers Property Woman in Leadership (Victoria) award winner 2017 and national winner 2018.

Nicola has an excellent understanding of all facets of the land development process with significant experience in project management and land development through her previous role as Development Manager with Peet Limited. Nicola has strong skills in project co-ordination, communications, negotiation, presentation and facilitation – skills which are highly valued in the variety of projects she leads across Australia.

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