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Louise Camenzuli

Head of Environment and Planning

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Louise is a planning and environment law specialist, with particular expertise in land use and zoning laws, infrastructure agreements and major government road, light rail, heavy rail, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects.

She has acted on some of the largest and most complex planning agreements in NSW and has advised on numerous extractive industry projects, including mining, coal seam gas extraction and quarrying projects, renewable energy projects and battery energy storage projects.

Louise provides strategic and legal advice to government and private sector clients on significant state projects, and assists clients to obtain planning approval for major mixed use, residential, aged care, retail, industrial and commercial developments across NSW. She also advises on environmental matters, including following pollution and contamination incidents.

Having previously acted in criminal prosecutions for environmental offences and complex administration law appeals, Louise regularly acts in valuation and compulsory acquisition proceedings. She has extensive experience in Classes 1-5 of the Land and Environment Court’s jurisdiction and has represented clients in Federal Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal proceedings.

Louise has been an elected member of the Property Council of Australia’s Planning Committee since 2010. She is also a state appointed member of the Western Sydney City Planning Panel and an alternative State member of the Sydney Planning Panels and Joint Regional Planning Panels.

Key deals

Santos Ltd

Acting for Santos on the $3.5bn Narrabri Coal Seam Gas Project, including advising on the preparation for the public hearing before the Independent Planning Commission and the associated State and Commonwealth planning and environmental approvals for the project.

Green Square

Australia’s largest urban renewal project (A$8 billion). Acting for Leighton Properties, Mirvac and UrbanGrowth (formerly Landcom) in relation to a proposed mixed-use development at the Green Square Town Centre. This included drafting and negotiating the related planning agreement, and advising on risks and issues associated with the adoption of green infrastructure.

Huntlee

New South Wales’s biggest housing project. Negotiating several planning agreements and advising and appearing in two sets of Land and Environment Court proceedings and Court of Appeal proceedings for a A$1.5 billion rezoning and development of land for a whole new town in the Hunter Valley.

Panthers Partnership

Acting for the Panthers Partnership in relation to its A$800 million master plan for the development of its land at Penrith for seniors living, retail and residential apartments.

Major Release Areas/Planned Precincts

Providing strategic planning advice to both government and the private sector in relation to infrastructure arrangements for both rural and in-fill areas, including the Kings Hill URA, the Menangle Park URA, the North Ryde URA, Rhodes, the Carter St Priority Precinct, the Hunter Valley (Bellbird, Huntlee) and Green Square.

Contamination, pollution, hazardous chemicals and waste management

Advising clients (including NSW Police, Adelaide Brighton, Challenger, Woolworths, BP, Qenos, UrbanGrowth and Stockland) on contamination and pollution compliance matters, regulation of hazardous chemicals and waste management.