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Erin Saunders

Managing Director - Urban Advisory Services

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Urban Advisory Services Pty Ltd (UAS) was established to meet a growing need in the property industry for bespoke urban planning and development advice, tailored to the needs and objectives of the client.

UAS is a boutique urban planning firm, focused on providing contemporary, innovative and practical planning solutions that ultimately reduce time, cost and risk from development projects.

UAS strongly advocates for a strategic approach to all urban development projects, utilising the preliminary stages of project planning for issues identification, project positioning and risk management. 

UAS' approach has seen success in a wide range of planning and development projects including high-level strategy and policy projects, precinct-wide and site specific rezoning, State significant development approvals and local development approvals. UAS also works extensively with private certifiers in developing complying development approvals strategies for a range of residential, commercial and industrial clients.

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Erin is an experienced urban planner with over 16 years experience in the property industry. She has a proven track record in the successful leadership of highly complex and high profile urban development and infrastructure projects including the Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Program, the North Ryde Station Priority Precinct, Broader Western Sydney Employment Area Structure Plan and the South Sydney Employment Lands Urban Renewal strategy.

Erin's particular strengths lie in her ability to bring together urban planning and land economics to deliver outcomes which are commercially viable, her ability to bring together and lead multi-disciplinary teams and her understanding of the core drivers and influences of urban development projects.

Erin's ability to bring strategic thought and contemporary ideas to her projects is recognised as key characteristic of her work. In her recent career she has worked collaboratively and successfully with a range of public and private sector clients, along with a strong team of partners in the industry to establish a reputation for the delivery of high quality project outcomes.

Erin is active in urban research and policy development, particularly in the area of job creation and employment lands planning. Notable publications include 'Jobs for Western Sydney: Redressing the Balance' (prepared for the Urban Taskforce), 'South Sydney: Sydney's Urban Renewal Opportunity' (prepared for Goodman Group) and 'Employment Led Development: A New Paradigm for NSW'.  Erin has authored and presented a number of professional papers on strategic urban renewal and employment lands planning at private and public forums such as the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) National Conference and the EIANZ Annual Conference.

Erin's current research focus is on the policy gaps which exist in the NSW planning system and the implications of these gaps for strategic city planning and urban development outcomes. In this regard, Erin is currently analysing the lack of policy in NSW around the delivery of mixed-use precincts, Sydney's waning competitiveness in a global context and the widespread misconceptions around planning for employment in established urban areas.

Erin has held senior roles with a number of prominent urban planning firms in Sydney and London before deciding to establish her own urban planning firm - Urban Advisory Services.




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