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Planning, Environment & Sustainability

With dedicated teams in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, who also work nationally together, we deal with state and Commonwealth laws in their commercial and practical context to deliver outstanding results and client service.

Planning, Environment & Sustainability

Our hands-on experience gained working both with and within planning authorities, coupled with our work for the private sector, enables us to provide practical, strategic and knowledgeable advice in relation to environmental, planning and regulatory issues.

Expertise

We act for local councils, developers, institutional and other owners, investors, financiers, construction companies, energy and utility and other infrastructure providers, resource companies, government departments and agencies, including the New South Wales Department of Planning, consultants and others involved in the development, management and regulation of property, natural resources and infrastructure projects. We also have a strong reputation in connection with transactional issues, advocacy and mediation.

Our expertise includes:

  • green buildings and infrastructure
  • energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • emissions reporting and trading
  • obtaining, defending and challenging consents, permits, licences and other approvals
  • navigating planning controls and other regulatory requirements and addressing assessment criteria procedures, including the preparation of applications and environmental assessments supporting those applications
  • drafting environmental planning instruments, planning agreements and other planning documentation and statutory interpretation
  • allocation of risk and liability in connection with the acquisition disposal and development of land, including contaminated sites
  • pollution incidents
  • environmental and planning and other prosecutions
  • environmental compliance and due diligence
  • management and remediation of contaminated land
  • environmental risk assessment
  • biodiversity
  • waste management
  • tribunal and court proceedings, including merit appeals and legal challenges, and alternate dispute resolution
  • resumptions, land compensation and the valuation of land
  • heritage laws
  • native vegetation and threatened species legislation
  • the law and practice of government administration
  • other areas of the law concerning the use, development and management of land and resources and the carrying out of infrastructure projects.

Experience

Victoria

  • acting for the owner of a major site in which our client successfully rezoned its land through the Planning Panel process to the Mixed Use Zone to facilitate a major mixed use residential development. The matter involved complex planning issues in relation to heritage, building height and mass, public open space, traffic, community objection and setbacks to the Yarra River
  • acting for a metropolitan council in proceedings at VCAT with respect to the conversion of a former hotel to a multiunit residential development
  • acting for a regional council in numerous proceedings at VCAT including conditions appeals, declaration proceedings, and planning enforcement proceedings
  • acting for the permit applicant in proceedings before VCAT for a $150 million hotel and apartment development at St Kilda Road. The permit was successfully secured through the compulsory conference process
  • acting for ISPT in an appeal to the Heritage Council of Victoria with respect to heritage issues at the former General Post Office building.

Recent environmental experience

  • acting as solicitor advocates for Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group in proceedings before VCAT regarding the Melbourne Regional Landfill and also the Werribee Landfill
  • acting for St Andrews Golf Club in various proceedings relating to groundwater issues involving Peninsula Hot Springs and Southern Rural Water.

Recent transactional experience

  • acting for VicRoads in the preparation of section 173 agreements for Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) work in kind arrangements
  • Providing GAIC advice to a major residential developer with respect to strategies to reduce and defer GAIC payable.

Recent Posts

10 May 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The route is proposed to cross the Albert River east of Eagleby, connecting to the M1 and Logan Motorway at Loganholme.

28 April 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

Property industry confidence levels are approaching record highs as the sector leads Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

21 April 2021 - Knowledge

Recent updates to the Planning and Environment Act 1987

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The Planning and Environment Amendment Act seeks to increase heritage protection, clarify compensation claims, and allow COVID-19 relief measures to stay to facilitate more transparent Victorian planning schemes.

12 April 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

Australia must have a “tough conversation” about where people should build their homes, Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud says.

07 April 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

#Local Government, #Property, Planning & Development, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

From 1 July 2021, local councils who are Crown land managers can only grant leases or licences over community land according to its plan of management.

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.

30 March 2021 - Knowledge

Important decisions in the Victorian planning and environment sphere

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property, Planning & Development, #Local Government

We look at three Victorian court decisions that shed light on the rights to compensation claims upon the sale of land, the definition of ‘dependent person’s unit’ and the penalty terms for the Corkman Hotel demolishers.

29 March 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The Planning Institute of Australia is committed to achieving zero net carbon from the built environment by 2050, if not sooner. But to achieve this goal it is critical that planning systems be a help – not a hindrance – by cutting greenhouse gas emissions and by adapting to climate change.

16 March 2021 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin

#Government, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The Queensland Government’s recent law banning single-use plastic items could bring commercial returns for the waste industry as the sector now has opportunities to develop innovative ways to use and handle waste.

15 March 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

An aggressive agenda to fund and build infrastructure projects needed to boost the livability and productivity of major cities and regions will be essential to Australia’s recovery from the economic effects of COVID-19, according to the UDIA.

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.