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Brilliant planning law starts with experience.

We've got all kinds.

Expert legal strategy, advice, and representation for planning in Victoria.

We see the whole planning picture.

We combine legal acumen and progressive vision to make the
contest fair. By seeing every side, we've learnt to play your side brilliantly.

Brilliant government planning.

We leverage decades of immersion with the politics, policies and on-the-ground culture of local government—to navigate complexity and reach clarity.

Brilliant development planning.

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.

No mystery bills. No airs and graces.

Just brilliant planning.

No more uncertainty.

Our pricing model gives you certainty and predictability in the planning process.

Fee structure you can count on.

No more isolation.

Collaborative and collegiate approach makes you a partner in the planning process.

Collaborative and respectful.

No more guesswork.

Decades of experience and expertise plot the planning course.

Heavy duty expertise.

"I always felt engaged in the process,
respected, valued and trusted".

Racheal Hayes, Senior Development Planner, Brimbank City Council

"Pragmatic advice, backed up by detailed research and extensive experience".

Sharon Pollard, Chief Operating Officer, Fed Square Pty Ltd

"Highly competent, organised, incredibly thorough and an absolute pleasure to work with".

Katrina Thomas, Planning Appeals Advocate, City of Yarra

"Highly respected and skilled—I can trust the advice and recommendations".

Paul Wood, Manager Urban Planning, Glen Eira City Council

Advice

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.

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Strategic

Reviewing and drafting planning controls; development contributions and infrastructure agreemements; planning scheme amendments, including rezoning; Aboriginal and cultural heritage.

Detailed. Nuanced. Future-proof.

Statutory

Planning permit applications and approvals; complex commercial and residential, easement and restrictive covenant, environmental approvals and statutory compliance.

Comprehensive. Concise. Trustworthy.

Drafting

Agreements under section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987; pre-purchase due diligence advice.

Well-researched. Accurate. Fit for purpose.

Representation

Representation is at the heart of our work.

Marcus Lane Group are innovators in the representation of clients—working with passion, humour, and fierce intelligence to secure results.

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Advocacy

Dispute resolution including informal mediation and VCAT compulsory conferences; heritage matters before the Heritage Council; restrictive covenant removal and amendment.

Persuasive. Strategic. Tactical

Appearance

Planning Panel and VCAT appeal advocacy; planning and other regulatory compliance, enforcement, prosecution and defence; compulsory acquisition, valuation and compensation.

Efficient. Current. Confident.

Instructing

Instructing barristers for proceedings in all jurisdictions; Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

Comprehensive. Connected. Secure.

Capacity

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.

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Workshops

We build capability through workshops, legal briefings, seminars and training courses on a range of planning related topics.

Networked. Nuanced. Skillful.

Bespoke

We design and deliver customised training materials in a range of formats to suit different audiences—no matter the level of expertise required.  

Customised. Cutting edge. Comprehensive.

Embedded

We treat every client engagement as an opportunity to empower and build capacity in our clients, in terms of knowledge, skills, and navigation of planning.

Collaborative. Collegial. Transparent.

Let’s get started.

We're ready for brilliant planning.

We see all sides of planning.

And specialise in quite a few.

European heritage.

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.

Aboriginal heritage.

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.

Contamination and pollution.

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.

Flora and fauna.

EPBC Act referral preparation and approvals, strategic conservation planning, native vegetation framework, Trust for Nature Agreements and Biodiversity Offset Management.

Gaming & Liquor.

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).

Environment

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.

Due diligence.

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.

Covenants and easements.

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.

Bushfire risk.

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.

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