Planning and Environment

Laws and policies governing the built and natural environment are in a constant state of change, driven by increasing urbanization, concerns over climate change, the growing importance of renewable energy sources and a push to streamline the planning process over three tiers of government.

The team at Project Lawyers has extensive experience in all aspects of planning and environment law, providing strategic advice and services to developers, architects, contractors, investors, strata managers and property owners on a wide range of planning matters, including:

  • development applications, complying development applications and exempt development.
  • applications to amend LEPs and planning proposals under the gateway provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
  • voluntary planning agreements and developer contributions.
  • easements and access to land (for rock anchors, stormwater drainage, etc.) under s88k Conveyancing Act 1919 and s40 Land and Environment Court Act 1979.
  • land contamination, pollution, remediation and voluntary management proposals.
  • directors’ duties and liabilities under planning and environment regulations.
  • interpretation of environment planning instruments (LEPs, SEPPs), development control plans and policies.
  • critical habitat and the operation of threatened species conservation legislation.
  • site and environmental audits, due diligence and environmental impact assessment.
  • regulatory compliance and enforcement.
  • existing use rights.
  • dispute resolution (see also Land and Environment Court Applications and Appeals).

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