2022 NZPI CONFERENCE PRESENTATION


Water Planning and the RM Reforms


SESSION: Thursday 10th March, 2:30pm - 3:00pm
PRESENTED BY:
Paula Hunter



In the past we have always considered New Zealand to be a water rich country, but with climate change and competing allocation demands it is becoming harder and harder to meet the requirements of our towns and cities for 3 waters services. There has always been a strong focus on the integration of land use and transport planning, but the integration of land use and 3 waters planning has not always been front of mind in many planning decisions. This needs to change going forward and the Resource Management Reforms and the Water Reforms are key catalysts for this change.

Paula's presentation is a think piece on the opportunities provided by the Resource Management Reforms and the Water Reforms for strong effective 3 waters planning that is integrated with land use planning to meet future demands of urban communities. Paula will draw on learnings from her Auckland Unitary Plan experience and involvement with many significant water infrastructure projects to consider the future planning and management of water under:

  • The proposed Natural and Built Environment Act's National Planning Framework.
  • The Spatial Planning Act's long term regional spatial strategies; and
  • The proposed Natural and Built Environment Plans which in effect are combined plans like the Auckland Unitary Plan.

Paula will also consider the inter-relationships between Resource Management Reforms and the Water Reforms and the role of the new Water Services Entities in the development of the plans and strategies required by the Natural and Built Environment and Spatial Planning Acts.

Presented By

Paula Hunter

Stantec