Site Planning and Site Feasibility

John Mongard began his practice in the area of economic impact assessment, assisting clients in assessing and projecting local, district and regional demand for facilities. This expertise has carried through into the strategic planning work of the practice, and JMLA are now sought after to undertake economic revitalisation strategies, particularly in relation to failing town centres.

JMLA have a strong methodology for integrating sites into their contexts. Techniques such as sieve mapping and cultural preferencing are used by the practice to identify critical development issues, and processes are developed for gaining progressive community input into public master plans.

We undertake long term forecasting for placemaking projects which have implementation timeframes of one to ten years. Our larger planning projects involve economists who provide supporting expertise and analysis.


Recent works have focused on feasibility studies for cultural infrastructure, including interpretive centres, art galleries, museums and regional parks. Prominent recent projects include:

  • The Kingaroy Cultural Precinct, Kingaroy, Qld
  • The Hallorans Hill Interpretive Park, Atherton, Qld
  • Lismore Cultural Precinct and Art Gallery Masterplan, NSW
  • The Kingaroy Urban Renewal Strategy, Kingaroy, Qld
  • The Tooradin Marine Life Interpretive Centre, Casey City, Vic
  • Ulverstone Cultural Planning studies and five year programmes (Penguin, Ulverstone, Forth, Leith and Turners Beach Villages, Central Coast, Tas)
  • The Springbrook Camping and Trails Settlement, Gold Coast, Qld
  • Shortland Sustainable Futures Project, Newcastle, NSW