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Expertise

Peter is a Special Counsel in our Property & Projects Group and specialises in environmental, planning and local government law.

He is regarded as an influential thought leader in the public policy debates about environmental planning matters in New South Wales.

Prior to joining Holding Redlich, Peter worked for the Department of Planning and Environment and was responsible for the New South Wales Government’s planning reform agenda.

Peter lectures casually at the Western Sydney University School of Law where he teaches planning and environmental law.

Experience

Peter has wide-ranging experience in developing and implementing innovative legal solutions across all areas of environment and planning law.

He was responsible for the development and implementation of the legal and policy frameworks to support NSW Government’s ePlanning program.

He was also responsible for the preparation of parts of the Planning Bill 2013 relating to ePlanning, infrastructure contributions and building and subdivision.

Peter has provided advice on all issues associated with the release of land in New South Wales in accordance with relevant strategic planning frameworks and the provision of infrastructure contributions through section 94 contributions and section 94A levies, special infrastructure contributions and planning agreements. He was involved in the preparation of agreements for some of the largest Greenfield release areas in the State, including Camden Lakeside, St Mary’s ADI and Bingara Gorge, Eastern Creek, Marsden Park and Catherine Fields.

Other achievements include:

  • the introduction of the assessment regime for major infrastructure projects in NSW
  • the expansion of the Building Sustainability Index: BASIX to multi-dwelling housing across the whole of the State
  • the introduction of State-wide codes for exempt and complying development
  • changes to the regulation of entertainment venues and the removal of the ‘places of public entertainment’ licensing regime
  • the establishment of the hybrid conciliation-arbitration scheme in Class 1 of the Land and Environment Court’s jurisdiction
  • the establishment of the scheme to accredit council building surveyors
  • the State significant site listings for Barangaroo, the Carlton United Brewery Site, Sandon Point and the Warnervale Town Centre
  • the delivery of a number of Standard Instrument Local Environmental Plans.

Publications

15 July 2021 - Knowledge

Amending a modification application – NSW Government’s swift response to gap exposed in AQC Dartbrook judgment

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Government

The NSW Government has introduced new provisions for developers to amend modification applications following the identification of a gap in two recent judgments.

23 June 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

Councils appointed as Crown land managers under the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (NSW) are no longer required to adopt a Plan of Management by 1 July 2021.

31 March 2021 - Knowledge

In search of the Floodplain Harvesting Goldilocks Zone

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Government

We look at some of the challenges faced by the NSW Government with its desire to implement a floodplain harvesting licensing framework by 1 July 2021.

31 March 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

In this edition, we look at some of the challenges faced by the NSW Government with its desire to implement a floodplain harvesting licensing framework by 1 July 2021.

05 March 2021 - Knowledge

Inland Rail is coming to town – time to have your say

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The Queensland Government has released the draft Environmental Impact Statements for two of the five sections of the Inland Rail project in Queensland. We look at the environmental concerns raised by some stakeholders.

24 February 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we explain what the new practice standards are and how they apply to registered certifiers under the Building and Development Certifiers Act.

04 December 2020 - Knowledge

New Practice Standard for registered certifiers in NSW – what will it achieve?

#Property, Planning & Development, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

In September 2020, the NSW Government released a Practice Standard for registered certifiers to assist certifiers to achieve compliance with recent certifier legislation. We take a look at the Practice Standard and its key suggestions.

04 November 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we examine the impact of the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 on council certifiers.

04 November 2020 - Knowledge

How the Building and Development Certifiers Act affects council certifiers

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property, Planning & Development, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects, #Local Government

The Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 has been in place since 1 July 2020. We examine how the changes impact council certifiers.

03 November 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

#Local Government, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property, Planning & Development, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

In this edition, we examine how the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 affects council certifiers.

09 September 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

The Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 has commenced. We examine the new occupation certificate audit process.

12 August 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we expand on the narrative of the recent building industry reforms by discussing the missing piece of the reform regime – improvements which focus on quality.

04 August 2020 - Knowledge

State Strategic Plan for Crown Land: An opportunity to reconcile complex land uses in NSW

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #COVID-19

We examine the draft Plan released by the NSW Government and explore the issues raised for the future of the Crown estate, including as it interacts with Aboriginal land rights and impacts on local government.

01 July 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

On 11 June 2020, the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (Act) took effect. The new Act is about restoring public confidence in the NSW building industry by regulating the activities of those who design and construct new buildings.

01 July 2020 - Knowledge

The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 comes into effect – but is it designed right?

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

On 11 June 2020, the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (Act) took effect. The new Act is about restoring public confidence in the NSW building industry by regulating the activities of those who design and construct new buildings.

17 June 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

From 1 September 2020, the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 will give NSW building regulators the unprecedented power to prevent the issuing of an occupation certificate for new residential apartment buildings.

17 June 2020 - Knowledge

Developers risk not being able to get occupation certificates from 1 September

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

From 1 September 2020, the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 will give NSW building regulators the unprecedented power to prevent the issuing of an occupation certificate for new residential apartment buildings.

07 April 2020 - Knowledge

Update: Significant changes made to the NSW Independent Planning Commission

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The NSW Government has made significant changes to the NSW Independent Planning Commission off the back of recommendations made by the NSW Productivity Commission.