This one-day workshop is designed to provide you with a detailed understanding of how to prepare effective and sound s.42 reports, prepare relevant s.104 recommendations to a range of decision makers with effective and enforceable conditions.

This workshop will also assist you to understand your role as a reporting officer, improve your report writing skills, your role during a hearing process and dealing with Hearing Commissioners questioning.

During this workshop, it will draw on presenter Dr Lee Beattie’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:

  • Davison v Marlborough District Council 2017
  • Toasti v Auckland Council 2016
  • Oddfellows v Auckland Council, 2016
  • Blue Sky Timber v TCDC 2006
  • Ports of Auckland v Auckland Council 2015
  • Rodney District Council v Gould 2006
  • Queenstown Central Limited v Queenstown Lakes District Council 2013
  • Arnott vs. North Shore City Council 2000
  • Newbury DC v Sec of State for Environment 1981

Learning outcomes:

  • The role of a reporting officer within the hearings process and how to present effective evidence to a range of decision makers
  • How to write a legally and technically sound s.42A report, appropriate to the nature and type of the resource consent application under consideration
  • How to assess the opinions of other experts by reference to the policy direction of the relevant planning documents
  • How to clearly communicate the reasons for your recommendations to the decision maker.
  • Develop effective and enforceable conditions
  • Recognise what it takes to write in plain English and communicate your ideas to wide range of different audiences


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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