Expert legal strategy, advice, and representation for planning in Victoria.
We combine legal acumen and progressive vision to make the
contest fair. By seeing every side, we've learnt to play your side brilliantly.
We leverage decades of immersion with the politics, policies and on-the-ground culture of local government—to navigate complexity and reach clarity.
Decades working in the system, seeing development from the inside out—we can spot the quick wins, avoid the costly delays, and build strategies that get results.
Our pricing model gives you certainty and predictability in the planning process.
Fee structure you can count on.
Collaborative and collegiate approach makes you a partner in the planning process.
Collaborative and respectful.
Decades of experience and expertise plot the planning course.
Heavy duty expertise.
Racheal Hayes, Senior Development Planner, Brimbank City Council
Sharon Pollard, Chief Operating Officer, Fed Square Pty Ltd
Katrina Thomas, Planning Appeals Advocate, City of Yarra
Paul Wood, Manager Urban Planning, Glen Eira City Council
We make a few areas of planning law our own.
Marcus Lane Group specialises in Aboriginal and European heritage, environment, gaming, liquor and charter rights.Get In Touch
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Building capacity in planning is our north star.
All our work is designed and delivered to build skills, knowledge and understanding in our clients, reducing need for advice and consultants.Get In Touch
Development applications under the Heritage Overlay, Planning Scheme Amendments to include land in the Heritage Overlay, including places on the Victorian Heritage Register and permit applications under the Heritage Act.
Processes under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 for managing and protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage, including obtaining a PAHT and/or a Cultural Heritage Management Plan.
Advising about the positive obligations in the new GED (General Environmental Duty), a new risk-based framework, and advising on contaminated land. Obtaining statements or audits, clean up notice compliance, and pollution abatement notices.
EPBC Act referral preparation and approvals, strategic conservation planning, native vegetation framework, Trust for Nature Agreements and Biodiversity Offset Management.
Advising on permits and licenses under the Liquor Control Reform Act and the Gambling Regulation Act, assistance with applications to Liquor Licensing Victoria and dealings with the VCGLR (Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation).
Acoustics, air quality, surface and groundwater, sustainability, transport planning, infrastructure planning including preparing and participating in statutory processes concerning Environmental Effects Statements/Environmental Impact Assessments.
Opportunities, risks and constraints analysis, when licensing, leasing or acquiring land. Fundamental to development, the right due diligence encompasses all the risks that can make or break futures.
Advising on amending, ending and interpreting covenants under planning and property law, creating and removing easements—a complex area of law requiring expert legal insight.
Advising on bushfire planning affects for both development projects and public land managers, determining bushfire risk, mitigation and management and preparing section 173 agreements required by the Bushfire Management Overlay.