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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 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.