Planning, environment & property development law
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Planning approval and VCAT appeal processes are risky and uncertain. We’ll simplify the process and engineer a unique solution perfect for you.

We think smart and act responsively to get results from the development approvals system. That’s our simple philosophy.


The best of both worlds.

We’re big enough to develop smart multi-disciplinary solutions quickly and small enough to be innovative, efficient and responsive. It's big-picture thinking with small firm agility.

It’s all about value.

We focus on value, not billable hours and we like to work smart. We establish working relationships quickly and we keep them for the long-term. It's particularly useful when assembling large consultant teams.

Preparation, preparation, preparation

Enough said.

Here are some success stories.

21-23 Moore Street, Moonee Ponds Acted for Nascon Group Pty Ltd at VCAT for a 6 storey mixed use building, including 35 apartments and ground floor office
38-48 Blackshaws Road, South Kingsville Newport Properties Pty Ltd acted in VCAT proceedings to secure master plan and permit approvals for 372 dwellings, including apartments, townhouses and retail uses
17 William Street, South Yarra Acted and appeared in a VCAT Appeal for a four level appartment building plus two level basement car park
Knox Private Hospital Acted for Healthscope Limited in VCAT appeal for Stages 1 and 2 of the Knox Private Hospital expansion
Grantville Sand Pit - Bass Highway, Grantville Acted for Dandy Premix Quarries Quarries Pty Ltd in a recent VCAT Appeal in the Major Cases Lists.  
1045-1059 Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe Acted and appeared for Nascon Group Pty Ltd at VCAT or a 5 storey mixed use building, including 39 apartments and ground floor shops


We make it simple. Smart, strategic advice and advocacy for the private sector, State and local government.

VCAT Planning appeals and advocacy

Acting in a range of VCAT proceedings and Planning Panels Victoria matters

Extractive industry approvals

All planning, environmental and work authority and work plan approvals

Development proposals

Advice from inception to completion

Development contributions

Advising developers, councils and State Government agencies on development contributions

Planning permits and rezoning of land

Advising developers on combined planning permit applications and rezoning proposals  

Greenfield and infill projects

Advice on applications and planning scheme amendments for greenfield and infill projects

Legislative provisions for major planning reforms

Advising State Government agencies and committees on legislative reforms to the Victorian Planning System

Major infrastructure projects

Advice for agencies on planning approvals for major infrastructure projects, including rail and roads

Land acquisition and compensation matters

Advice on land acquisition, compensation claims and disputes

Section 173 agreements

Preparation of section 173 agreements

Planning scheme amendment provisions

Advising State Government agencies, councils and developers on the preparation of planning scheme amendments

Planning policy and regulatory reform

Advising government agencies on planning and policy reforms and preparing policy and guidance documents

Modification and removal of restrictive covenants

Advice and acting in relation to applications to the Supreme Court of Victoria to remove or modify restrictive covenants

A Fresh perspective

NEWS: Case Note: Amending Section 173 Agreements and 'in-principle' decisions

This case note summarises the findings of the Supreme Court in a recent decision concerning the nature of decisions made under s 178A(3) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 on whether agree in principle to a proposal to amend or end a Section 173 Agreement.

By Paul Beeson, Associate

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Andrew Natoli Andrew Natoli

Andrew Natoli


Andrew Natoli is a lawyer and an accredited specialist in Environmental, Planning and Local Government Law with over 15 years experience in planning and property development law.

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