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.
On Friday May 6, 2016 the NSW Planning Minister, the Hon Rob Stokes MP, announced reforms to the planning system, with an ambitious timetable for consultation on the reforms, to culminate in draft legislation to be released in the second half of this year. Minister Stokes says that the amendments will focus on ensuring confidence and consistency within the planning system. The amendments will be ‘evolutionary not revolutionary’. This update looks more closely at what is likely to be covered in the 2016 reform package..
May 09, 2016
On 19 June 2015, amendments were made to State Environmental Planning Policy No. 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development..
June 23, 2015
Our Sydney head of office Felicity Rourke cooked up a storm for the CEO CookOff, part of OzHarvest..
March 04, 2015