Strategic planning

At kinetica, strategic thinking informs everything we do. We work closely with state and local government, profit-for-purpose and private sector bodies to develop and review strategic plans and policies, our aim of shaping positive futures.

Our team enjoys leading the thinking on key policy areas—green wedge and interface planning; settlement strategies and growth boundaries; affordable housing; retrofitting for 20-minute neighbourhoods in established areas and resilience in emerging communities.

We work with land developers to facilitate development outcomes on greenfield and brownfield sites, and have a depth of experience in precinct structure planning, development plans and subdivision planning and design. 

Our strategic planning experts are regularly engaged to provide independent evidence at Planning Panels considering planning scheme amendments and development applications that require strategic thinking.

Recent strategic planning projects include:

Manningham Liveable City Strategy

Brite Development Plan

Green Wedge Planning Review

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.