Master Planning

Master Planning and Conceptual Design

Master planning is the initial process of visual documentation that outlines a vision to guide growth and development at a detailed design phase. It usually shows how a particular area or landscape can (as opposed to will) develop and redevelop in future.

At the initial planning stages of a large scale development, such as a proposed plan change for zoning for example, conceptual spatial studies need to be undertaken before the detailed design phase. This process deals with how the new rules for a particular zone, for example, can be successfully integrated into a proposed design for that landscape, and what issues and options a site presents us with that we can advance into the development stages.

Indicative spatial diagrams including landscape, social, cultural and other 3D spatial parameters (amongst others) need to be prepared in both a 2D and 3D context, to start the holistic design process. Typically these spatial archetypes may be shown as a series of networks, nodes and proximities on these schematic master plans, to display the important information in a less detailed format.

These layer diagrams and concept plans are often then paired with an Urban Design assessment into a Master Plan Background Report for the site, outlining the key design factors for the development and how the site would function from an urban design perspective, including any parameters or constraints.

Eliot Sinclair has been involved with various master planning projects (such as Plan Change 71 and Plan Change 72, Kennaway plan change, amongst others) which have successfully past thorough the Christchurch City Councils processing. Because of the experience and expertise of the staff in this area, Eliot Sinclair can project manage designs from the conceptual master planning stages through to the detailed design and setting out stages – including creating sellable lots, making it a one-stop-shop for all stages of land development.