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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

09 September 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

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 & Real Estate

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 & Real Estate

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 & Real Estate

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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