Wendy Evans

Clayton Utz
Partner Brisbane

Wendy is a specialist planning lawyer, with a unique and unrivalled skillset. She has over two decades of experience in the planning and development industry, as both a practiced town planner and as a lawyer.

Wendy is highly sought-after by developer clients, who want clear and reliable advice on development strategies, application structure, assistance navigating development assessment, representation in Planning and Environment Court appeals and originating applications. She has a niche skillset in statutory planning, and has for private and government clients alike, acted in relation to the planning, funding and delivery arrangements for all types of development infrastructure (including the preparation and negotiation of infrastructure agreements, land acquisitions and dedications).

Notable Work
  • Hanson Construction: acting with respect to various strategic assets servicing the development needs in Queensland.
  • Fort Street Real Estate Capital Pty Ltd: successfully acted to secure approval of a McDonalds restaurant in Birkdale.
  • Local government: uniquely qualified to deliver statutory planning input to local government clients. Skilled in the delivery of planning schemes, infrastructure plans, infrastructure charging instruments and various supporting documents.
  • Sunshine Energy: acted to secure the approval for the worlds largest single site solar farm.
  • Racing Queensland: acted in planning and resumption matters.
  • State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA): assisted in the production of its initial model conditions.
  • Toowoomba Regional Council: successfully acted in the State's first legal challenges arising in relation to standard use terms and conversion appeal.
  • Eureka Funds Management: acted in the major expansion and renovation of the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, which involved the demolition of a local heritage place and the permanent closure of significant roadways, as well as an extensive community engagement piece.
  • Queensland Government: acting in relation to a legal challenge brought by an environmental advocacy group, against its approval of CSG activities in the Bowen Basin.
  • Various: Represents clients on contentious and complex issues in Planning and Environment Court, the Court of Appeal, and the High Court of Australia.
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