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Peter Holt | Special Counsel | Sydney

Environment & Planning, Government

T: +61 2 8083 0421

M: 0459 600 835

E: peter.holt@holdingredlich.com

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 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.

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