650-652 Plenty Road and 1212 Rene Street, Reservoir

We are regularly appointed as experts in our field to unravel complex planning matters and deliver outcomes the others have not been able to attain. This project is an example of us being appointed to act on behalf to the permit applicant at VCAT following an unsuccessful application with another party.

The development proposal for a four-storey mixed use building considered a range of competing complexities in relation to traffic, height and built form, land use composition and Restrictive Covenant compliance. We were appointed to develop a strong statutory and strategic planning rationale for the proposal at a VCAT compulsory conference.

Despite the initial opposition from a range of stakeholders we negotiated settlement terms for our client and alleviated the need to invest in and procced to a full merits hearing. Together with our advice and representation we are proud to have helped shaped an improved development outcome that balanced and delivered on the aspirations of disparate stakeholders, within the best interests of our client.

Why have we changed our name?

kinetica was formerly known as David Lock Associates (DLA).

David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd changed its name to Kinetica Studio Pty Ltd on 21 February 2020 to reflect the significant reinvention of the business.

Starting with the crystallisation of our vision and values, continuing with a transformation of our planning offer, and culminating in our move to a ‘grown up’ office in the CBD, we are no longer the business we were.

Paralleling these changes, we agreed with David Lock Associates Limited (the English business which gave birth to DLA Australia) that it is time to undo our formal corporate ties, while retaining a strong informal relationship.

This reinvention of the business needed to be expressed outwardly and we began the process of refreshing our graphic identity. DLA has been predominantly known for urban design expertise, and the name reflects our history as a satellite of an English business. A new name offered the opportunity to establish a refined brand, based on a home-grown organisation featuring planners and urban designers trusted for their expertise and independence.

Our new company name, kinetica, reflects our passion for change.  We facilitate and shape changes in the use, ownership and development of land to create a better lived experience.

kinetica retains the best of DLA—highly regarded independent urban design expertise—and combines it with highly regarded independent planning expertise.