REGISTRATION DEADLINE - 9am, Tuesday 7th September. For late registrations please email

Designations 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.

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. 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.

Presented by Justine Bray & Luke Hinchey

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 matters.

NOTE - If you are interested in attending a workshop please register early to ensure it goes ahead. Minimum numbers are required for a workshop to run. This generally ensures there is sufficient people to allow different experience and views to be part of the discussion within the course setting. Registration deadline is normally 2 - 3 weeks prior to the event (depending on the venue).

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