An 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). This workshop 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 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
  • Wallace vs Auckland Council [2021] NZHC 3095
  • 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
  • Watercare Services v AC 2011
  • Northcote Manistreet Inc V North Shore City Council 2004

Learning outcomes:

A general understanding

  • How plan 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
  • Substantial decision making under s.104 and s.104D
  • Develop effective and enforceable conditions

This workshop 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.


Dr Lee Beattie

Dr Lee Beattie is a practicing urban designer and urban planner with over 27 years' experience. He has qualifications in urban planning, urban design, and environmental science. He specialises in urban design matters, urban planning and urban design policy development; implementation and evaluation; and providing professional urban planning and urban design evidence.

Recently, with Dr Caroline Miller, he co-edited and contributed six chapters in New Zealand's first book about planning and urban design practice: Planning Practice in New Zealand, now it is second edition.

Lee is an Auckland Council, Queenstown Lakes and Hamilton City Council Independent Hearings Commissioner. He is also Head of the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning and Director of the University’s Urban Design programme.

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Wednesday 15 November.

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