The intention of this 3.5 hour (half day) workshop is provide council officers and people supporting planning teams in private practice with an understanding of the roles and functions in how the planning system actually works and how you can be more effective in support the team of professional planners.

It is especially designed for council officers and people in private practice would like to gain a better understanding of how the planning system actually works in practice in New Zealand. It will explain the role of planning and will demystify the planning jargon so non-planners can actively engage with the planning teams.

Aimed it staff in both the public and private practice firms and NGO who work with planners and would like to gain a better understanding of how the system works.

Learning outcomes:

  • To purpose and rationale for planning;
  • The role of planning process
  • Understanding the role of the planner in the planning system;
  • Understanding the structure and staffing of a resource consent, policy and compliance departments; and
  • Understanding the support officers role in the planning system


Dr Lee Beattie

Lee 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 a rotating Chair of Auckland Council’s Urban Design Panel.

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Hope you can join us!

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Registrations Close

Friday 13 May.

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