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Lee Cone

Senior Associate

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Clients look to me to provide practical advice and guidance on complex environment and planning matters.

Since joining Addisons in 2015, I have acted for developers and landowners on a wide range of environment and planning matters, advising high profile clients on significant projects and complex developments.

I have advised on environment and biodiversity, urban design and planning, and state and local development contributions matters. I have advised on state and local heritage and social impact matters in relation to low, medium and high density residential developments. I also regularly advise in relation to mixed use developments including residential retail, commercial, educational, aged care and affordable housing developments as well as large greenfield projects across NSW.

I have extensive litigation experience in the Land and Environment Court, having acted in Class 1 (development appeal), Class 3 (compulsory acquisition) and Class 4 (judicial review) matters.

I also have broad expertise advising in relation to the rezoning and development approval process, including preparing and lodging Planning Proposals, assisting in obtaining development consents through Councils, planning panels and the Court. I also advise in negotiating and drafting voluntary planning agreements, advising in relation to development contributions and resolving disputes with local government authorities.

Lendlease — acted for Lendlease in judicial review proceedings brought by a community interest group challenging the rezoning of the Mt Gilead (now called Figtree Hill) site for residential uses. Lendlease were successful, and the proceedings were dismissed by Justice Moore in September 2018.

Lendlease — acted for Lendlease in judicial review proceedings brought by a community interest group challenging the validity of a modification to a concept plan and development application at Barangaroo. Lendlease were successful, and the proceedings were dismissed by Justice Robson in 2016.

IPM — acted for IPM and was successful in obtaining development consent through a hearing for a shop-top housing development on Darling Street, Rozelle. Issues included suitability of the proposed adaptive reuse of a local heritage item, suitability of development within desired future character of the area and whether the bulk and scale was appropriate.

Greaton — acted for Greaton and was successful in obtaining two development consents (one for the concept plan and stage 1 development, the second for stages 2 and 3) through two conciliation conferences for a townhouse development on Beaconsfield Parade, Lindfield.

Redbank Communities — acted for Redbank Communities and was successful in obtaining development consent through a conciliation conference for the following stages of development within the broader 120 hectare Redbank Communities development in North Richmond (which is proposed to deliver 1,500 lots, open space, aged care facilities, childcare facilities and associated infrastructure).

Committees and memberships

Member, Environment Planning Law Association

Practice Areas

Environment & Planning

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws, University of Technology Sydney

Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism), University of Technology Sydney