There are many challenges in the complex and highly regulated development industry. Harwood Andrews' planning and environment experience covers a broad range of industry sectors including retail, residential development, commercial, industrial, aged care, wind and mineral resources.

Because we work closely for and with many local government planning authorities and statutory bodies, we have an intimate understanding of their operation, allowing us to provide you with a competitive advantage and ensure that matters are resolved quickly and successfully.

We offer practical commercial advice and representation in all aspects of planning and environment law including:

  • Zoning and planning permit applications, planning approvals, appeals and panels, dispute resolution

  • Site acquisition and environmental due diligence

  • Management of approvals, pollution abatement notices and clean up notices under the Environment Protection Act 1970

  • Advising in the management and remediation of water pollution, waste management, air pollution contaminated sites and the preparation of associated plans

  • Development agreements and developer contributions

  • Heritage matters

  • Aboriginal cultural heritage management plans

  • Regulatory compliance, enforcement, prosecutions and defence

  • Environmental Effects Statements, Native title law, Commonwealth Environmental advice and approvals

  • Compulsory acquisition, valuation and compensation

  • Water law

  • Environmental sustainability

  • Regulation of gaming machines and licensing

Harwood Andrews' planning and environment lawyers work closely with a broad range of consultants and regularly appear on behalf of clients in planning appeals and panels considering statutory and strategic planning issues.

Planning and Environment Contacts

Greg Tobin
Harwood Andrews
03 5226 8553 |  0412 845 035

Kate Morris
Principal Lawyer
Harwood Andrews
03 9611 0142| 0414 870 447

Kim Piskuric
Principal Lawyer
Harwood Andrews
03 9611 0133 |  0448 654 451

John Hannagan
Senior Associate
Harwood Andrews
03 5225 5202 |  0401 021 095



173 Agreements – an overview for landowners

The Planning and Environment Team draft and review Section 173 Agreements on behalf of Councils, authorities, landowners and permit holders. 

If you own land or are interested in purchasing a property which is affected by or will require you to enter into a Section 173 Agreement, the below video provides a short overview of the purpose and operation of Section 173 Agreements. 


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