Sarah Macklin (nee Walbank) is a highly experienced Urban Planner with a passion for making great cities even better.

Sarah joined Urbis in 2007 after several years working in the UK and draws on her experience at a planning consultancy and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. She is skilled in city planning with a particular focus on health infrastructure, retail and mixed use developments, but is also accomplished at guiding the preparation of master planning and development frameworks and development facilitation of large-scale residential and commercial development.

Sarah has key strengths around developing planning strategies for complex and large projects, and has extensive local and state government connections. She advises the state government and the development sector, and provides expert evidence at Planning Panels Victoria. She has worked as a planning advisor securing approvals for seven private hospitals and public regional health facilities in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool; as a planner for redevelopments of Highpoint Shopping Centre and Point Cook Town Centre; and co-authored  the Unlocking Smart Growth paper for the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors.

I’m passionate about how we shape our cities. With the redevelopment of our city, we have the opportunity to deliver a legacy for the future and reinforce Melbourne’s liveability.