About

I love sharing my knowledge and helping my clients’ applications go through the council smoothly. Melanie Ellis, Owner, Change of Plan

Change of Plan takes the hassle out of town planning

As experienced Town Planners in Melbourne’s bayside, Change of Plan saves you time, money and loads of stress by taking care of the planning process for you. Why lose thousands of dollars in lost productivity preparing planning applications or representing yourself at VCAT? Is it really worth the time and frustration?

Most people think it isn’t, and that’s why they hire Change of Plan for their town planning needs. Our extensive knowledge of council regulations along with our experience and expertise has seen us achieve our clients’ goals time and time again.

Poorly-presented applications are frequently met with delays or outright refusals. At Change of Plan we know exactly how to prepare applications to maximise your chances of success and get you moving as soon as possible. And from major property developments to domestic renovations, no job is too big or too small.

Change of Plan operates in a wide variety of suburbs in Melbourne’s bayside, including Brighton, Carrum, Frankston, Dandenong, Mentone, Cheltenham, Seaford, Mt Eliza, Sandringham, Hampton, Mornington and more. Our friendly, reliable team will fight for your cause and get your planning applications sorted swiftly and seamlessly.


Meet Melanie Ellis

Melanie Ellis started in the field of Town Planning back in 2001, working in the private sector as well as in various Victorian local governments.

Melanie started Change of Plan because she could see a need for people who were struggling with their submission applications. She could see that people didn’t understand the information that council planners were requesting, and nor did they understand the jargon that council planners were using. Knowing that poorly-presented applications were more likely to be delayed or refused, Melanie felt driven to help people with all aspects of their planning requirements.

As an expert in the field of town planning, Melanie regularly contributes to investor forums. In her spare time, Melanie likes to read, cook and play at the beach with her family and puppy.

Meet Vanessa Atme

Vanessa started with Change of Plan in 2017, after completing her Bachelor of Planning in 2016. Vanessa was driven to become a planner to contribute to Melbourne’s consolidation rather than urban sprawl. She is interested in Property Development and passionate about helping people achieve their property goals.

Since starting at Change of Plan Vanessa has learnt a lot about town planning. She enjoys the daily interactions with clients and feels a sense of achievement with each new permit she helps bring to reality!

In her spare time Vanessa loves to bake, read, paint and watch movies. She enjoys spending time with her family on weekends and also volunteers with kids with disabilities.

That’s our story. What’s yours? Contact us at Change of Plan today.