Planning, Environment & Land Compensation

Lavan’s Planning, Environment & Land Compensation team are one of the most experienced private sector planning teams in Western Australia.
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Craig Wallace

Planning, Environment & Land Compensation

The Lavan Planning, Environment & Land Compensation team offers extensive expertise across a range of disciplines including planning, environment, land compensation, native title and other property related services. The team has the expertise, industry knowledge and contacts to advocate your interests, expedite the approval process and make practical suggestions to ensure competitive deadlines are met.

This expansion allows us to provide consistently high quality advice on all facets of town planning (including structure planning, development and subdivision proposals), the environmental appraisals process (both State and Federal), the conduct of representation advocacy before decision makers and on review (including proceedings in the Supreme Court, State Administrative Tribunal and before the Appeals Convenor).

Our close relationships with key decision making authorities including the Department of Planning, Western Australian Planning Commission, Department of Environment Regulation and Environmental Protection Authority as well as local governments, enables us to engage in proactive dialogue on behalf of our clients, facilitating faster and more pragmatic results.

Once your project is approved, we do not abandon you.  The integrated resources of the Lavan team mean that we can provide added value for your large projects from commencement to completion, addressing issues such as property, banking and finance, construction and contracts and litigation.  

Our services


We have extensive experience in defending prosecution proceedings brought under both the Planning and Environmental statutes.  Our reputation as a market leader in the area of advocacy hinges upon our rapid response to problems encountered by our clients at each stage of their project.

Contaminated SItes

We have acted for high profile development clients in relation to significant regeneration sites in WA and have provided advice on all aspects of the application of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 and the development approval process to ensure sound commercial, environmentally sustainable developments.  Our team has considerable experience in the  area of brownfield regeneration and can assist clients in identifying potential opportunities,  de risking constraints and securing the relevant development approvals.


Environmental issues are of critical concern in all planning and land development projects.  We offer specialist advice on all aspects of State and Federal environmental legislation and regulations and regularly advise clients on approvals required under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA), including part IV Approvals (including appeals), Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), part V Approvals (industry works approvals, premises, licences, clearing permits) and enforcement and prosecution (including environmental incident management).

We offer in-depth advice on referrals and approvals required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and have been involved in a significant Federal Court litigation challenging the Federal department interpretation of ‘significant impact’ in a WA context.

Native Title

We tailor our legal and strategic advice on native title to the needs of our clients which include statutory organisations, government departments, resource companies and native title applicants.  Our work includes:

  • Negotiation, drafting and implementation of Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUAs); Benefit Management Structures (BMSs); cultural heritage management plans; and ancillary agreements;
  • Communication and stakeholder engagement strategies for negotiation and implementation of native title agreements; and
  • Future act applications and representation at National Native Title Tribunal mediation meetings and Federal Court case management conferences
  • Communication and stakeholder engagement strategies for negotiation and implementation of native title agreements;
  • Establishment and management of PBCs (including drafting Rule Books, contracts of employment, relevant policies and procedures);
  • Provision of culturally appropriate governance training for Boards and Implementation Committees;
  • Development and negotiation of alliances and commercial arrangements with third parties (e.g. government departments, civil contractors and supply chain businesses).


Our team understands the challenges raised by each planning project and works proactively to manage these challenges and achieve your desired outcomes.  With active memberships in the Property Council of Australia, Housing Industry Association, Urban Development Institute of Australia and Planning Institute of Australia, we understand the industries in which you operate.  Our close relationships with key industry stakeholders and decision makers enable us to assist you to achieve your objectives in the most time and cost effective way.

Property and environmental litigation

In the event of disputes, we offer expert litigators who have significant experience in conducting litigation before the State Administrative Tribunal and judicial review proceedings in the Supreme and Federal Courts.