Expertise

Advisory

PE Law advises on all aspects of planning and environment law.

We have particular expertise with respect to issues arising under the following Acts:

  • Planning and Environment Act 1987

  • Subdivision Act 1988

  • Environment Protection Act 1970

  • Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006

  • Water Act 1989

  • Local Government Act 1989

  • Road Management Act 2004

  • Environment Effects Act 1978

  • Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009

  • Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth)

Strategic Planning and Major Projects

Our experience includes the following:

  • appear before a planning panel for Colac-Otway Shire Council in its opposition to the Apollo Bay Resort.

  • appear for Casey City Council in relation to the Minta Farm Precinct Structure Plan

  • appear for Cardinia Shire Council in relation to the Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan.

  • appear for RMIT University at the Melbourne Metro Rail Project EES Inquiry

  • act for council clients in relation to the West Gate Tunnel and North East Link EES Inquiries

  • act for group of 6 councils in relation to Environmentally Sustainable Design Local Planning Policies

  • appear for Cardinia Shire Council in relation to the Desalination Project EES Inquiry (power supply corridor)

  • appear for Bayside City Council before the Public Housing Standing Advisory Committee (SAC)

  • appear for Whittlesea Council before the Residential Zones SAC and Cooper Street West Employment Precinct Panel

  • draft and review complex section 173 agreements addressing public open space and infrastructure contributions associated with rezonings and growth area planning.

Contaminated land and pollution

  • act for Bayside City Council in relation to a judicial review application challenging a clean-up notice regarding lead contamination at Merindah Park

  • act for a council in relation to water pollution charges under the Environment Protection Act 1970 

  • represent numerous clients regarding notices issued by the Environment Protection Authority

  • negotiate complex rehabilitation and after-use agreements for landfills and quarries

  • advise on environmental provisions in property transactions, infrastructure deeds and share purchase agreements

Biodiversity

  • draft native vegetation credit trading agreements for the Peninsula Link and Western Highway Duplication Project

  • advise Whittlesea Council regarding protection of River Red Gums in context of PSPs for Northern Growth Corridor and Melbourne Strategic Assessment, achieving an 80% scattered tree retention requirement 

  • represent responsible authorities in enforcement proceedings under the Planning and Environment Act 1987

  • draft settlement agreements to resolve unlawful clearing incidents 

Integrated Water Management

  • Project leader for project B5.1 for the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

  • advise City of Kingston regarding its voluntary stormwater contributions scheme

  • provide policy advice to DELWP regarding reforms to Victoria’s planning system for Integrated Water Management

 

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