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Regional Planning Directions is a planning consultancy whose mission is to provide efficient and cost effective professional urban and regional planning services to country areas in South Australia. We can:

  • Assist Applicants find solutions and navigate the complexities of the planning system
  • Provide more affordable options for strategic planning research, Development Plan Amendments, and Strategic Directions Reports
  • Assist Local Government with assessing Development Applications

We differentiate ourselves by maintaining a small client base so as to achieve a sustainable workload enabling us to give each client the priority and personalised level of service appropriate to their needs at an affordable price.

What we do


Good planning research and an appropriately tailored approach can be a major advantage to Government and Business in achieving long-term sustainability and meeting the demands for integration between infrastructure planning, land use planning, and corporate management. Regional Planning Directions offers Local Government and the development industry strategic, rational, and comprehensive approaches to planning research and applies such methods to the preparation of short, medium, and long-term strategies.

We can assist you in preparing your development strategy, and your Strategic Directions Report under Section 30 of the Development Act (1993) using an approach tailored to your needs.


Regional Planning Directions offers a range of services involved in the establishment of land use zones, structure plans, local policy content, and associated investigations including the preparation of:

  • Statements of Intent and DevelopmentPlan Amendments for Local Government
  • Developer Funded Development Plan Amendments
  • Submissions for rezoning of land

Regional Planning Directions combines experience in integrated land use planning with an understanding of the needs of Local Government and industry.


Regional Planning Directions offers independent advice and support to business and individuals in the preparation of Development Applications including, the preparation of supporting statements, development reports, Statements of Effect for Non-Complying Development, and expert witness statements to the Environment Resources and Development Court.

Regional Planning Directions can assist Local Government in the assessment of Development Applications of a complex and substantial nature, and can place a highly experienced town planner in your organization for short periods to assist in the assessment of Development Applications.

Assistance can also be provided to community groups, Local Government, and business in the preparation of grant applications, project briefs, and project management in a range of areas including tourism related projects, environmental projects, disaster resilience, main street projects, and community services.

“Henri’s handling of the Sundrop Farms proposal was brilliant and I don’t think it could not have been done any better. The proposal involving 20 hectares of greenhouses plus solar thermal infrastructure for distillation of sea water will provide a major boost to Port Augusta’s economy. Henri ensured that the highly complex project was able to be processed rigorously and within the shortest path possible for such an important project”

Tung Pham Community Planner – City of Port Augusta

Town Centre Redesign

Two Wells, Old Port Wakefield Road

The Director Henri Mueller has advised on numerous urban design and streetscape design processes. He coordinated the urban design and public consultation processes for the redevelopment of the town center at Two Wells aiming to ensure that it remains as the hub for retail, commercial, and community services in the District. 

Environmental Projects

Baker Road Wetland, Gawler River

The Baker Road wetland project was managed by Henri in conjunction with the community and the then Catchment Board, as were similar collaborative environmental projects such as the Thompson Beach Shorebird Interpretive Trails, various coastal interpretive facilities, and the Mallala Remnant Vegetation Recovery Scheme.

Greenfields Development

Major expansion north of 
Two Wells

Henri played a major role in assessing options for the expansion of the Two Wells township and coordinated the investigations into infrastructure requirements, and development constraints in relation to flood investigations and mitigation options for a major Greenfields development north of Two Wells.

Development Facilitation

Horticulture, Germantown Road, 
Two Wells

In his previous role with Local Government the Director Henri Mueller provided valuable facilitation support and development advice to industry in site selection. Such advice was invaluable in the attraction and establishment of D’Vine Ripe’s major high technology glass house development currently the largest such facility in Australia located on Germantown Road north east of Two Wells

Who we are

“I have worked with Henri as a Consultant, Client and Colleague over the past ten years and have always been impressed by his professional and conscientious approach to his work. Henri has significant capability in developing the methodology for the task at hand and his organised research technique provides a client with a thorough and in-depth analysis of the subject.”

Terry Bell Executive Officer Wakefield Group

Henri Mueller

BA (Plan), GDRUP, M (Env St), Prof Cert (Mgt.), MPIA

Director, Henri Mueller has an affinity with country areas having grown up in the regional city of Port Lincoln, South Australia. He combines a high level of qualifications in regional and urban planning with over 20 years experience in town planning and senior management for Local Government in peri-urban settings. Henri is a qualified regional and urban planner with a Bachelor of Arts in Town Planning from the then South Australian Institute of Technology. He also has a Graduate Diploma in Regional and Urban Planning obtained from the University of South Australia, and is a Corporate Member of the Planning Institute of Australia. In addition Henri holds a Degree in Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Adelaide, and has a Professional Certificate in Management also from the University of Adelaide.

Henri has a broad repertoire of skills in integrated land use planning, development assessment, environmental policy analysis, and management within Local Government. He has held positions ranging from Acting Chief Executive Officer and Manager of Environment & Development Services for the District Council of Mallala, Principal Planner for the City of Brighton, District Planner for the Mount Pleasant Council, and Planning Officer for the City of Tea Tree Gully.

Henri has considerable experience in managing multidisciplinary teams of professionals from related fields including urban design, civil and hydrological engineering, and social research. He has coordinated a number of urban and streetscape design projects, and facilitated numerous research projects including the Mallala Council Planning and Infrastructure Study, the Light River Flood Plain and Flood Mitigation Scenarios Mapping Project, the Samphire Coast Conservation and Community Action Plan, and the Thompson Beach Shorebird Interpretive Trails Project.

Henri Mueller (right) with Cr Steve Jones

high level of qualifications in regional and urban planning with over 20 years experience in town planning and senior management for Local Government in peri-urban settings.

Henri played a major role in carrying out research, investigations, and policy formulation for numerous Development Plan Amendments (DPA’s) and Plan Amendment Reports (PAR’s) including among other things the Draft DC Mallala Better Development Plan Conversion DPA, the Gawler River Flood Plain Flood Mitigation PAR, the Lewiston/Two Wells, Gawler River and Environs and Townships PAR, and the Draft Mallala Township Transport, Commercial and Residential DPA.

Henri’s experience in assessing development applications includes numerous large land division applications, child-care centres, nursing homes, shopping centres, intensive animal keeping, bulk handling facilities, livestock markets, and industrial development. Prior to leaving the Mallala Council he undertook the assessment of the Mallala Depot redevelopment, a non-complying development involving significant site contamination issues in a residential area.


Livestock Markets at Dublin - Cattle Pavilion on market day


Regional Planning Directions is a relatively new planning consultancy specializing in planning for regional areas. The Director Henri Mueller brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, planning policy analysis, and development assessment. Projects recently completed by us are as follows: 


Submission on the Mallala Council Strategic Directions Review on behalf of Adelaide Hydrofresh – 2012

Business case for establishment of Horticulture Policy Area north west of Two Wells

Non-complying Development – Conversion of old stone building to Bed and Breakfast Accommodation – Peter Seppelt Wines – 2012

Preparation of Statement of Effect and preparation of submission in relation to the Minister’s Development Plan Amendment

Submission on the Town of Gawler Strategic Directions Review preliminary discussion paper – 2012

Business case for rezoning of land from Rural to Residential at Hillier

Draft DC Mallala Better Development Plan (BDP) DPA – 2011

Conversion to BDP format/policy set, and establishing local policy content

Light River Floodplain Mapping Study – 2011

Facilitation and steering of study into flood mapping and disaster prevention 2011

Mallala Council Depot Redevelopment – Non-complying Development – 2011

Preparation of assessment report to Mallala Council Development Assessment Panel

Draft Mallala Township Transport, Residential, and Commercial DPA – 2010

Coordination of investigations and DPA process leading to preparation of a transport structure plan, plus rezoning for commercial and residential expansion