Rayne Nelms is a Partner in the Planning, Environment & Climate Change team. He has practised in the area of town planning and environmental law since 2000 and advises on all aspects of property development, land use, and environmental matters.
Rayne provides town planning and environmental legal services to developers, Councils and objectors and has experience in major residential, retail, commercial, industrial, and agricultural projects.
Rayne provides advice on property development, acquisitions, and conducting planning and environment litigation. He specialises in infrastructure charging and vegetation clearing.
In addition to his planning and environment expertise, Rayne has experience in liquor licensing and compulsory acquisition of land.
Rayne has been recognised by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia (2021) in the area of Planning and Environmental Law.

Rayne Nelms’ recent experience includes:

  • Acting for the developer of a large site at a major intersection in Upper Coomera, including acting in respect of an appeal brought by a commercial competitor opposing the Council’s approval of an ALDI based shopping centre.  Successfully had the non-compliance in advertising the proposal for only 15 business days rather than 30 business days excused by the Court.  Was also successful in subsequent appeals brought to the Court of Appeal and High Court on the advertising issue by the submitter.
  • Acting in an ongoing matter since 2008 for the developer of a large mixed use proposal, Bulimba Creek Village, Hemmant, for low and medium density residential development of over 400 dwellings, light industry, retail, child care, and conservation area on a 47ha site. Defending several appeals from environmental groups and nearby residents. Issues in the appeal concern terrestrial and aquatic ecology (including marine plants and koalas), flooding, water quality, land contamination, town planning, infrastructure servicing, infrastructure charging, and climate change impacts.
  • Acted for Homeworld Helensvale in an ongoing matter since 2007 for the developer of a major home-maker and retail centre at Helensvale. Brought unique proceedings in relation to stage 2 of the development challenging the Council’s decision to assess the application against the new Gold Coast planning scheme rather than the previous Albert scheme.  Negotiated a resolution with the Council that it would assess the application under the Albert scheme which had a suitable zoning for the proposal.