Planning & Infrastructure Law

Our Practice

Planning law is both complex and constantly changing.  We are able to assist our clients by identifying their legal obligations for development and infrastructure in a practical, common sense way.  Our staff recognise that planning and infrastructure law does not exist in a vacuum and when providing advice we take into account (where relevant to our clients' commercial obligations) development timetables and public and political issues.

UDIA Platinum Member

We act for developers as well as those people who may be affected by proposed developments. We have extensive contacts throughout the development industry and we regularly assist in forming and working in teams which often play an important part in planning law. 

 

Our Expertise

  • Appeals:  Acting in the Planning & Environment Court in appeals relating to residential, industrial and commercial developments, for various clients including developers, landowners and submitters. 
  • Master Planned Communities: Our firm and its staff are known for their extensive experience in the development of master planned communities, having written the overriding planning documents and infrastructure agreements with respect to the master planned communities for Robina and North Lakes, as well as advising the developers of a number of other communities in South East Queensland and North Queensland. 
  • Infrastructure:  Advising clients with respect to all aspects of infrastructure matters, including infrastructure agreements and the infrastructure charging provisions of the relevant legislation and instruments.   Infrastructure provision is one of the single most important considerations for any development proposal, and is often the major source of contention between all stakeholders in the development sector.  Our significant experience in advising clients (be they developers, affected landholders or infrastructure providers) on all aspects of infrastructure law means we are well able to provide legal solutions in line with our client’s objectives.
  • Due Diligence:  Undertaking legal due diligence with respect to various landholdings across the State for major developer clients, advising on existing approvals and agreements and assessing development entitlements.
  • Planning Scheme, Policy and Legislative Impacts:  Providing practical and commercial advice to clients on the impacts of planning schemes and regional planning requirements as well as obligations under relevant town planning legislation.  Furthermore, advising clients on claiming compensation from local governments following planning scheme changes affecting their interest in land.   
  • Development Applications: Participating in multi-disciplinary teams to assist with the preparation of applications, including complex preliminary approvals for large and long-term developments (including new master planned communities to be developed over 30 years), retail centres (including major shopping centres and Queensland’s first Costco development) and the proposed redevelopment of an existing CBD office building for a hotel.
  • Town Planning Objections:  Assisting clients with the preparation of objections and negotiations in relation to proposed new and changed developments. 
  • Environmental:  Advising clients with respect to various environmental matters including contaminated land, downstream water obligations, vegetation clearing and environmental impact assessments.  If you would like more information about our environment law expertise, please click here.

Our Affiliations

Our firm is actively involved with the Queensland Environmental Law Association, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld Division) and Property Council of Australia. 

Publications

Draft SEQ Regional Plan Released

Planning and Development Alert - May 2016

Development Quarterly - Autumn Edition

Our Team 

Please refer your enquiries to:

Matthew Shannon, Partner
(07) 3307 4506
mshannon@shandtaylor.com.au

Fraser Hardman, Special Counsel
(07) 3307 4512
fhardman@shandtaylor.com.au