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Introduction to Resource Consents is part of NZPI’s CPD Resource Consent Stream. It is designed to provide the participants with a general introduction to the resource consent process and requirements under the Resource Management Act 1991(RMA)

The course is aimed at recent graduates, professionals with limited knowledge of the RMA and the consent process, and people new to the New Zealand planning system.

This one-day workshop draws on Lee’s extensive experience, including as an Independent Hearing Commissioner and Chair of the Auckland Urban Design Panel and covers all the relevant issues arising from the 2020 amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991. 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:

  • The rational planning model and how this is applied to plan making under the Resource Management Act 1991
  • Trilane Industries Ltd v Queenstown Lakes District Council [2020] NZHC 1647
  • Gabler v Queenstown Lakes District Council 2017 NZHC 2086
  • Davison v Marlborough District Council 2017
  • Tasti v Auckland Council 2016
  • Sutton v Environment Canterbury 2014
  • EDS vs King Salmon 2014
  • Northcote Manistreet Inc V North Shore City Council 2006


  • How plans are developed under the RMA
  • How to Develop effective Assessment of Environmental Effects which meet the requirements of the 4th schedule
  • How to apply s.88 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
  • How to clearly communicate the reasons for your recommendations to the decision maker
  • Develop effective and enforceable conditions

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).

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