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Planning, Environment & Local Government

Planning, Environment & Local Government


Property development is subject to ever changing and often complex local, state and commonwealth laws.

Our specialist team of planning, environment and local government lawyers advise property developers and local government authorities on all aspects of planning, environment and local government law.

Our planning law expertise is focused on the regulatory environment that applies to the carrying out of development, including the construction and application of environmental planning instruments (SEPPs and LEPs), development control plans, development contribution plans and local policies. We assist with the preparation of environmental assessment documents and negotiate voluntary planning agreements. We work with our clients to obtain the best planning outcomes in the particular circumstances. Where this involves litigation, we have extensive experience conducting matters in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Our environmental law expertise covers all aspects of environmental regulation, including compliance issues associated with pollution incidents and environmental damage. We have a sophisticated knowledge of issues like water pollution, air quality and noise. Operating in metropolitan and regional areas, we have considerable expertise in ecological issues and issues associated with water. We help our clients to develop environmental management systems and manage environmental risk. We have extensive experience in supporting clients to manage and develop contaminated land.

Our local government law expertise is focused on the operational environment that applies to local government authorities. We advise on governance and procurement, and code of conduct issues. We also manage investigations, including investigations by the ICAC. We assist our Council clients to carry out their development assessment and regulatory functions and frequently assist Councils with managing and developing their land.

Our team also has extensive experience with the compulsory acquisition of land—for acquiring authorities and dispossessed owners. We are across the dynamic and complex laws applying to valuation issues.
Our clients value our practical and cost effective approach to dealing with their planning, environment and local government issues.

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Senior team

Alan McKelvey
Alan McKelvey
Partner
t: +61 2 4924 7309+61 2 4924 7309
m: +61 410 459 853+61 410 459 853
o: Newcastle
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Catie Moore
Catie Moore
Partner
t: +61 3 9291 2389+61 3 9291 2389
m: +61 400 214 707+61 400 214 707
o: Melbourne
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Naomi Simmons
Naomi Simmons
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 4924 7325+61 2 4924 7325
m: +61 410 415 416+61 410 415 416
o: Newcastle
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