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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

03 April 2020 - Knowledge

Weekend work authorised by COVID-19 Planning Response Order: What the change means for existing construction contracts

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

In order to give project participants the ability to mitigate the delays inherent in enforcing social distancing on construction sites, the NSW government has removed any constraint on working days in existing and future consents. We look at what the new order may mean for existing construction contracts.

18 March 2020 - Knowledge

The good, the bad and the indifferent: Proposed changes to the NSW Independent Planning Commission

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The NSW Productivity Commission has called for significant changes to the role of the NSW Independent Planning Commission. We look at the 12 recommendations put forward to improve the Commission's independence, governance and performance.

11 March 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

The Building and Development Certifiers Regulation is due to come into effect on 1 July 2020. We summarise the key provisions and discuss the implications for private certifiers.

11 March 2020 - Knowledge

New legislation overhauling the building certification industry – changes you need to be aware of

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Construction & Infrastructure

We look at the new Building and Development Certifiers Act and Part 6 of the EP&A Act which are set to give principal certifiers new powers, responsibilities and liabilities.

12 February 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

#Local Government

The NSW Government will soon release its findings from a review into the effectiveness of Crown land claims. We take a look at the review and the expected outcomes.

29 January 2020 - Knowledge

New state environmental planning policy to help protect koalas across NSW

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

New protections for koala habitat in NSW are set to take effect from March. Given the recent destruction by bushfire of important koala habitat, is it important to remember that the loss, modification and fragmentation of habitat has been identified as the key threat to koalas. We take a look at the key changes under the new Koala Habitat Protection SEPP, and also outline the likely limitations.

10 January 2020 - Knowledge

Coastal Management SEPP survives an early legal challenge

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Coastal Management) 2018 has escaped relatively unscathed following a challenge brought by a landowner seeking to strike it down.

20 November 2019 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

The Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 (Act) has received assent but is yet to commence. In anticipation of that, the NSW Government has released a public consultation draft of the Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2019 (NSW), exhibited from 30 September until 28 October 2019.

16 October 2019 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

02 October 2019 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

02 October 2019 - Knowledge

Australia’s first National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy: Making all governments ‘freight aware’ (Part 3)

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

09 September 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

#Local Government

In Barrak v City of Parramatta Council [2019] NSWCA 213, a councillor was expelled by the City of Parramatta Council’s Mayor for acts of disorder consisting of calling the mayor a “clown” and alleging that the Council’s solicitor had misled the Supreme Court in proceedings brought by its then Chief Executive Officer, to restrain the Council from dismissing him.

04 September 2019 - Knowledge

Update: Getting ready for the end of interim occupation certificates

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The long-awaited commencement of revised building and subdivision provisions under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act have again been pushed back, this time until 1 December 2019.

05 August 2019 - Knowledge

Design excellence: When near enough is not good enough

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

This article looks at a recent Land and Environment Court of New South Wales decision and what is required to achieve design excellence.

24 July 2019 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

One of the essential elements of any new model for building regulation in New South Wales is the establishment of a Building Commissioner as the consolidated regulator for the construction industry.

22 March 2019 - Knowledge

NSW State Election promises: Planning, development and environment

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

With the NSW State Election looming on Saturday the planning and development industries have raised questions about the promises from the major parties.

12 March 2019 - Knowledge

Concurrence and referrals: New step in powers for the Planning Secretary

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

As part of the recent reforms to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment was given new powers to seek to prevent delays to applications and resolve disputes between agencies for integrated development.

27 August 2018 - Knowledge

Delaying the phasing out of interim occupation certificates

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

This articles looks at the recent amendment to the EP&A Savings and Transitional Regulation which extends the postponement period for interim occupation certificates.