City Plan’s Paul Mitchell joins the team presenting PIA’s information session on “Preparing and Reviewing Clause 4.6 Variation Requests” to be held online on Thursday 01 October.

About the event:

The NSW planning system currently has two mechanisms that provide the ability to vary development standards contained within environmental planning instruments:

  • Clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument Local Environment Plan (SILEP); and
  • State Environment Planning Policy No 1 – Development Standards (SEPP1).

Both clause 4.6 and SEPP 1 provide flexibility in the application of planning controls by allowing councils and other consent authorities to approve a development application that does not comply with a development standard when certain tests are met.

This workshop will explain how to best utilise a clause 4.6 variation request to successfully achieve a variation of the applicable development standards.

Designed For:

Town Planners, Urban Designers, Planning Lawyers, Developers and Strategic Planners.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Assist consultant planners in drafting clause 4.6 variation requests so that the consent authority can be satisfied that the contravention of the development standard is justified; and
  • Assist council planners in reviewing and assessing the adequacy of clause 4.6 variation requests.

For more information or to register visit the PIA Events page


Paul Mitchell OAM, MPIA (Fellow)

Paul is an Australian and international leader in planning service delivery. He has expertise in strategic planning, environmental assessment and expert testimony. He is a state appointed member of the Sydney District Planning Panels and a former national board member of the Planning Institute of Australia. In 2004 Paul was admitted to the Order of Australia for services to the community, environmental resources management and planning.

Penny Murray

Penny has provided planning, environment and government advice to both public and private sector clients in the property, development, infrastructure, energy, resources and manufacturing sectors since 1999. She also advises on land acquisition, compensation and valuation matters. Penny has dual qualifications in science (resource and environmental management) and law and acts for individuals, privately owned companies and ASX companies such as Mirvac, Stockland, Dexus and Lendlease. Prior to joining Addisons in 2018, Penny was a partner at Dibbs Barker and Minter Ellison lawyers. She is nominated as a recommended lawyer in Asia Pacific Legal 500 in real estate, an expert in Planning and Environmental Law in Best Lawyers and a leading Environmental Lawyer – NSW in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

The Hon Malcom Craig QC

Malcolm Craig retired as a Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales on 5 June 2016, having been a member of that Court since 2 March 2010. He has since returned to practice at the New South Wales Bar. While serving as a Judge of the Land and Environment Court, Malcolm heard and determined matters engaging all aspects of that Court’s jurisdiction, both civil and criminal. He was the Court’s Land Valuation and Compensation List Judge as well as the Court’s representative on the New South Wales Caselaw Committee. From time to time he was the nominee of the Chief Judge at meetings of the Uniform Rules Committee established under the Civil Procedure Act 2005. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in I989. From 1992 until 1995 he served as a part-time Commissioner of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission and he is a past president of the Environment and Planning Law Association of New South Wales.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday 01 October 2020

Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm

Venue: Online (via Zoom) details to be sent prior to the session

Cost: $205 PIA Member or $295 Non-Member