Planning Government Infrastructure & Environment team


Our Planning Government Infrastructure & Environment team led by Ian Wright, Ben Caldwell and Todd Neal, are the trusted partners of public and private sector entities for whom we are the legal and policy designers of strategic and tactical solutions to exceptionally challenging problems in our chosen fields of planning, government, infrastructure and environment.

Our team are trusted partners of listed and private development corporations and State and local government entities. We have more than 50 years experience designing legal and policy solutions for large development and infrastructure projects in Australia, including new cities, towns and communities.

In 2017, Doyle's Guide listed Colin Biggers & Paisley as a first tier planning & development law firm and a second tier environment & heritage law firm in Queensland. We are passionate about planning, government, infrastructure and environmental issues and we pride ourselves on acting for both the private and public sectors, including listed development corporations, private development corporations, other non-public sector entities and a wide variety of State and local government entities.

The solutions we design extend beyond legal and policy advice and represent sensible, commercially focused outcomes which accommodate private interests in the context of established public interests. Our expertise is well recognised with our Planning Government Infrastructure & Environment lawyers being a part of award winning teams which have been responsible for delivering projects which have won the Australian Nation Award for Economic Environmental Innovation, Institute of Public Works Energy Australia (Qld) Award, Civil Contractors Federation Queensland Branch Award and Planning Institute of Australia awards in the categories of:

  • Planning Excellence
  • Great Place
  • Plan to Place
  • Hard Won Victory
  • Industrial Planning
  • Urban Planning Achievement

We are recognised for our expertise in providing strategic and tactical advice in the following areas.

Planning services

  • Planning and development of master planned residential communities, retail and commercial projects, residential and tourism projects and industrial and resource projects
  • Preparation and review of structure plans and other planning instruments for greenfield and infill urban developments
  • Preparation and review of planning instruments including planning schemes, planning scheme policies and temporary local planning instruments
  • Resolution of planning and environmental disputes

Government services

  • Preparation and review of planning legislation and planning instruments for State and local governments
  • Advice in respect of legislation, policy and legal matters relevant to local government
  • Preparation and review of local laws and subordinate local laws for local government
  • Review of budget and rating proposals for local government
  • Preparation and review of delegations, administrative policies, administrative procedures and authorised person appointments and related registers for local government

Infrastructure services

  • Advice and project management for major infrastructure projects including local government infrastructure, State government capital works, public private partnerships and private sector capital projects
  • Preparation and review of infrastructure agreements and planning agreements for listed and private development corporations and local governments
  • Preparation and review of agreements for local government services including waste collection, water supply and wastewater treatment
  • Preparation and review of infrastructure planning instruments including infrastructure planning scheme policies and priority infrastructure plans

Environment services

  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental compliance
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental licensing
  • Environmental enforcement
  • Environmental contamination

Our expertise covers the full spectrum of planning, infrastructure and environmental projects. To learn more about our other areas of expertise and how we can best service your needs, please see the links below.

Planning and development

Infrastructure, major projects and PPPs

Infrastructure planning



Local government

Contaminated land

Consolidated publications

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