Felicity Rourke is an environment and planning lawyer based in Sydney, and is recognised by Chambers Asia-Pacific, Doyle’s Guide and Legal 500 Asia-pacific as preeminent in her field in Australia.
Felicity’s experience includes appearing in the Land & Environment Court on planning appeals, legal challenges to approvals and land acquisition compensation claims; as well as representing clients threatened with environmental prosecution. She also provides strategic advice on projects, and in doing so works closely with multidisciplinary teams including architects, urban planners, traffic engineers, heritage experts and other technical advisers.
She advises on complex projects across a range of industry sectors including retail, residential and retirement developments, mining and infrastructure.
She has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating voluntary planning agreements for the provision of complex public domain works and community facilities, at both State and local government levels.
Felicity regularly advises clients on contaminated land issues, and more generally in relation to land contamination in the context of property and corporate acquisitions and disposals. More broadly Felicity advises on energy efficiency policy and regulation in Australia.
A recent Land and Environment Court decision has clarified the process to be followed for formally amending a development application, and provides guidance on when such amendments will restart the calculation of time for the purpose of establishing whether a deemed refusal has occurred. Getting this calculation wrong can mean that an appeal may be incompetent. Our legal update examines this important decision and its significant implications for applicants and consent authorities..
October 12, 2017
New legislation has commenced in NSW requiring all local councils in the Sydney area to establish local planning panels for their local government areas by March 2018 (Planning Panels Act). This update provides further details about these changes and the timing of their implementation..
August 31, 2017
Norton Rose Fulbright advises NRMA on major ATPM Group tourism industry acquisition.
February 27, 2017
Norton Rose Fulbright acts for Qube Holdings on landmark Moorebank freight infrastructure project.
February 01, 2017