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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.


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.



  • 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.

Victorian Planning and Environment Handbook

Holding Redlich Partner, Joseph Monaghan, has put together a Handbook structured around key points that have been the focus of important decisions in the Victorian planning and environment jurisdiction.

Download the Handbook

Recent Posts

22 November 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

New Federal ‘housing supply deals’ could help ease housing affordability pressures by unlocking thousands of new dwellings in key areas of housing need, according to the Property Council of Australia.

17 November 2021 - Knowledge

Can Australia transition to a low-carbon economy?

#Renewable Energy, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

A recent panel discussion highlights the opportunities, challenges and the role of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) in driving Australia’s transition to a green economy.

08 November 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

Australia is hurtling towards a housing affordability catastrophe but the coming federal election and pandemic economic recovery policy with a strong focus on residential construction could be a game-changer.

03 November 2021 - Knowledge

Net zero by 2050 – does this matter for renewables?

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

Australia’s Long Term Emissions Reduction Plan sets a ‘net zero emissions by 2050’ emission target. Is this a game-changer for the renewables sector?

03 November 2021 - Knowledge

New planning regime for the short-term rental accommodation industry

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

A package of new legal requirements to control the status of short-term rentals under existing planning law came into effect on 1 November.

25 October 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

According to a new survey by investment firm, Perennial Partners, more than 88 per cent of companies that responded had a board member or senior executive responsible for ESG, and a further 81 per cent had a business strategy that specifically referenced ESG and sustainability.

11 October 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The Government has published the findings from our review of the Disability (Access to Premises – Building) Standards 2010, commonly known as the Premises Standards.

06 October 2021 - Knowledge

Are wind farms a nuisance?

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

A wind farm nuisance test case currently before the Supreme Court of Victoria may have wider implications for wind farms and renewable energy targets.

29 September 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

As we wait for ‘Freedom Day’, the second tranche of the NSW Government’s Rapid Assessment Framework reforms will commence on 1 October 2021, seeking to facilitate a more efficient assessment of State significant development and infrastructure.

28 September 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

Property developer Lang Walker has struck an agreement with leading banks to create green loans for its flagship assets.

15 September 2021 - Knowledge

Funding for landholders seeking carbon farming advice from LRF approved advisers

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Agribusiness

Queensland landholders can now apply for up to $10,000 to cover the costs of carbon farming advice from approved advisers under the Carbon Farming Advice Rebate Program.

14 September 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The ABCB released draft National Construction Code provisions on energy efficient residential buildings for public consultation.