REGISTRATION DEADLINE - 9am, Thursday 2nd September. For late registrations please email

This one-day workshop is designed to provide participants with the essential skills to:

  • Develop the ability to scope planning proposals for clients
  • Develop effective and sound Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEEs)
  • Determine completeness and sufficiency of information required for the Council to accept your application under s.88 and the 4th schedule
  • Understand the Council's role in accepting applications
  • Determining when and where it's appropriate to request further information
  • Determining when to notify (public or limited) or not to notify resource consent applications

This one-day workshop draws on Lee’s extensive experience, including as an Independent Hearing Commissioner and Chair of the Auckland Urban Design Panel. It is based around up-to-date case studies, interactive examples and exercises drawing on the relevant case law and how these should be applied in practice, including:

  • Davison v Marlborough District Council 2017
  • Tasti V Auckland Council 2016
  • Watercare Services v AC 2011
  • Coro Mainstreet (Inc.) v Thames Coromandel District Council 2013
  • Sutton v Environment Canterbury 2014
  • Ports of Auckland v Auckland Council 2015
  • Northcote Manistreet Inc V North Shore City Council 2006
  • Affco NZ Ltd v Far North District 1994

Learning Outcomes

An understanding

  • How to scope a planning application
  • Develop effective Assessment of Environmental Effects which meet the requirements of the 4th schedule
  • How to apply s.88 and the 4th schedule to determine where or not to accept a resource consent application
  • How and when to request further information or commission reports under s.92.
  • Determining whether an application should proceed on a notified (public or limited) or non-notified bases under the RMA

Presented by Dr Lee Beattie

Dr Lee Beattie is urban planner and designer with over 25 years professional experience in an extensive range of urban planning and design issues. He has work in both local government and private practice and is currently a Hearing Commissioner for Auckland Council and Queenstown Lakes District Council, Deputy Head of the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning and Director of the University’s Urban design Programme.

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).

Please see the terms and conditions for our cancellation and transfer policy. Thank you.