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Planning and environment

"The outcome to be achieved in the planning process is the approval.  Our aim is to get our client to that point as efficiently as possible.  That might involve navigating through the IDAS process, negotiating conditions or uncovering where the resolution lies in an appeal.  If the approval is there to be found, we will get it."  Anthony O'Dwyer

Our planning and environment team, which includes a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Property Law, advises on development applications from concept through to completion.  Our expertise covers a range of project types including hotels, schools, quarries, aged care facilities, shopping centres, childcare centres, industrial developments, clubs, restaurants, residential developments and poultry farms.

Our expertise includes:

  • advice on the application process
  • submissions on applications
  • appeals and applications to the Planning & Environment Court
  • advice on environmental issues for development
  • infrastructure charges and agreements

Our approach to planning disputes is to maximise alternative dispute resolution procedures - saving costs and time in the development process.

In the overwhelming majority of cases we have resolved matters without the expense and time involved in proceeding to hearing.  Early resolution in planning disputes can be achieved in a variety of ways which include proper clarification of the issues, without prejudice conferences, joint expert meetings and reports, mediation or the resolution of a preliminary point.  We aim to find the most appropriate method for each appeal.  No one size fits all, so each matter calls for its own dispute resolution plan.

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