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 Need help with your DA? 

Midcoast Town Planning 

and Complying Development Consultant

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We are Midcoast Town Planning (formerly PDA Planning), specialising in town planning, complying development and environmental assessment services helping property and business owners like yourself get approval from Council.

With over 30 years experience and over 1000 project approvals, we understand how to make your dreams a reality whilst taking the stress out of the development application process. We we have the expert knowledge of Council and other Authority guidelines and policies to know how to structure your project to achieve an approval. We also have a close professional working relationship with Council to discuss any concerns, or the concerns of community, identified during the assessment process and reach agreement on resolving those concerns.

​We are situated on the Barrington Coast servicing the Midcoast Council area of Taree, Forster, Tuncurry, Gloucester and Tea Gardens. Our services also extend across NSW.

No matter what type of development or where it is located, we are here to help. Free consultation, no obligation 

  1. one point of contact from start to finish
  2. detailed proposal for your project with agreed fees and no hidden costs
  3. we work closely with Council to ensure relevant information about your project is identified early so there are no nasty surprises
  4. extensive local council planning and legislative knowledge, keeping your project on the right track
  • What's included in the free consultation?
    We offer free initial consultation to discuss your project and the services that we can provide. Following this consultation we will be able to provide you with a fee proposal that will outline our pricing and an estimated timeline for the completion of your project.
  • How long will it take ?
    This is a common question and unfortunately cannot be precisely answered. A lot of factors determine the approval time, the type, size and location of the project, Council and other Authority referral requirements, additional studies requested and internal assessment processes of Council.
  • What's services are included?
    This may vary depending on the type of project. Typically for a Development Application, CDC and Construction Certificate Application the following is included. Project and Planning Legislation Research. Sourcing and managing other consultants and reviewing their reports/plans. Completion of Planning Reports to accompany the Application eg. Statement of Environmental Effects. Completion and submission of documentation to the NSW Planning Portal. Council fees in your proposal may not be known until lodgement of your application but may be estimated.
  • How much will it cost?
    The scope and complexity of the project, Council requirements, other consultant fees and drafting requirements are all factors in determining the cost of preparing your application.

255 days of support and professionalism 


With a tricky townhouse development, my draftsman engaged Tony from Midcoast Town Planning to assist with lodging my DA to council. We had many challenges along the way - matched with a frustratingly slow council, and Tony was always working with and for me to get my DA approved. 

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what we offer

our services

Plans and Assessment


We partner with other consultants where required to make your project run smoothly, providing one point of contact. 

  • Drafting

  • Design Plans

  • Bushfire  

  • Ecological  

  • Contamination  

  • Water Quality  

  • Structural and Civil Engineering

  • Traffic  

  • Acoustic

  • Flood

  • Heritage

  • BASIX  


Town Planning and Complying Development


Not all projects require an approval which makes them exempt and some simply can proceed with a Complying Development Certificate making project approval quicker and less costly. If a Complying Development Certificate is not possible we can manage your Development Application with Council, from start to finish. Services in this area include but are not limited to: 

  • Complying Development Advice and reports

  • Town Planning advice

  • Development Applications

  • Subdivisions

  • Non Compliance

  • Planning Reports for rezoning applications

  • Property Potential and Pre Purchase  advice

  • Expert advice in court

  • Advice and liaison in response to Notices issued by Council



We undertake a variety of environmental assessments that are required by council and other authorities for your development.

  • Environmental Impact Statements

  • Environmental Management Plans

  • Statement of Environmental Effects

  • Social Impact Assessments

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  • Subdivision

  • Farmstay

  • Farms and Wineries

  • Function/Event Venue

  • Agriculture Facilities

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  • General Industrial

  • Bulky Retail Outlets

  • Processing Factories

  • Manufacturing Facilities

  • Storage Facilities

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  • Granny Flat

  • New Dwelling

  • Shed

  • Dual Occupancy

  • Subdivision

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  • Farmstays

  • Accommodation

  • Eco Cabins

  • Function Venues

  • Bed and Breakfast

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  • Medical

  • Office

  • Clubs and Pubs

  • Carparks

  • Childcare

  • Function Premises

  • Gyms

  • Self Storage Facilities 

  • Service Centres

  • Education

  • Recreation

  • Cafe and Restaurant

  • General Retail


our process

  1. submit your online enquiry or contact us direct

  2. we review your information and determine the best pathway for your project

  3. we discuss your options

  4. if you wish to proceed a fee proposal is provided at no cost

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We'd love to hear from you

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