Nicola Smith Director

Nicola Smith



Masters of Communication RPIA (Fellow)

Grad Cert (Ecotourism)


Nicola is a qualified Urban and Regional Planner with over seventeen years experience in a wide range of planning and development roles in government and the private sector across Australia. 

This breadth of planning and design experience has provided Nicola with an excellent background in coordinating the statutory implementation of major projects, including scheme amendments, structure planning, plans of subdivision and planning permits.  Her diverse experience has recently resulted in her appointment as member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee to review the Victorian State Planning Policy Framework.


Nicola has strong skills in project co-ordination, communications, negotiation, presentation and facilitation. These skills are highly valued in the variety of projects she leads at Niche Planning Studio.

Nicola has an excellent understanding of all facets of the land development process with significant experience in project management and land development through her previous role as Development Manager with Peet Limited, Victoria.

Nicola’s commitment to the planning profession is evidenced by her continual involvement in the Planning Institute of Australia for the past fifteen years. She has previously held the role of Vice President of the Victoria Division of the Planning Institute of Australia.

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