Principles & Practice of Designations under the RMA
CPD PointsCategory 1
23 Sep 2021Date
Online via ZoomLocation
Understanding how designations work is an important area of knowledge for all planners, particularly those interested in working with councils, central government organisations and infrastructure providers that help deliver public good projects.
are a key tool under the RMA for consenting, constructing, operating and future
proofing many medium to large scale projects. The practice of establishing,
applying for and using designations under the RMA is often not well understood.
This is not surprising given that by far the vast majority of development
proposals are established through resource consents, which are quite different
to designations. Furthermore, there are only limited people or organisations
who can exercise designation powers.
how designations work is an important area of knowledge for all planners,
particularly those interested in working with councils, central government
organisations and infrastructure providers that help deliver public good
projects. The presenters will use case studies including AUT University’s South
campus designation and that of Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth for the New
Zealand Transport Agency.
This half day online course aims to introduce designations to those planners who have little experience in their use. It will provide an overview of their statutory framework under the RMA, the status of the designation in a District Plan, how this may be altered and the purposes of an outline plan of works. The course will also address conditions on designations and some case law will be discussed.
Justine Bray is a Planner
with over 30 years’ experience in local government and consultancy and is a
long standing Full Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute. Throughout her
career she has managed significant planning projects for Ministers of the
Crown, including the role of Expert Witness in the Environment Court. Her
current roles includes preparing notices of requirements, ‘roll overs” of
designations from operatives plans and outline plans for development proposals
on existing designations.
Luke Hinchey advises private and public clients on the
resource management and environmental aspects of projects, litigation and
mergers & acquisitions. He has advised on property subdivision and
development, district and regional planning processes and public works and land
acquisition in industrial, energy, infrastructure, and waste management
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