SHAPING THE CITY TOWN PLANNER LEAVES HIS MARK
THE view of Sydney from Urbis’ CBD office is a window to the many different places regional director Tim Blythe has had an impact on.
As a town planner with almost three decades of experience, he has worked on everything from home improvements to precinct redevelopments.
Most recently that included AMP’s proposed $1.8 billion Young Street Precinct at Circular Quay.
“You can get involved in some of the most influential things happening in the city – it’s exciting,” he said.
“We work with a range of technical professions – design, traffic, heritage.”
Mr Blythe started his ca- reer at a local council in Melbourne after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science.
“You provide advice to the decision makers – whether that’s development applications, rezoning, planning systems,” he said.
“Planning is very much about balancing interests – conflict is inevitable at times.
“I’ve seen chairs thrown at council meetings so it can be volatile.”
After 10 years at council and one at Victorian State Government, Mr Blythe moved to the private sector with Urbis and went on to help set up their Sydney office.
“I think consulting is more challenging because you’ve got to win work and achieve outcomes, but it’s more rewarding,” he said.
He is often working on 20 to 30 projects at a time, with varying degrees of time and work needed for each of them.
“I’ve got a lot of good staff that help,” he said.
Mr Blythe said there is greater scope these days for town planners as cities become denser and issues like sustainability and disability access have more of a focus.