If you are looking to buy a property or business, develop, or are affected by development or planning provisions, we can provide advice about the planning rules and regulations affecting you. Initial advice can be invaluable when planning your project to assist in making development decisions and to avoid unanticipated costs and delays.
Preparation of resource consent applications, which includes land use, subdivision and regional consent applications. This includes the preparation of Assessments of Environmental Effects (AEE’s).
It is recommended to meet with relevant councils before lodging any consent application to ensure the process and requirements are clear. We can arrange and attend council pre-application meetings with you or on your behalf, and can liaise with any other potentially affected parties or assist with the consultation process.
Research and assessments relating to establishing existing use rights and seeking confirmation from council that an activity has existing use rights and does not require resource consent.
Preparation of applications to council seeking a certificate of compliance to confirm that a proposed activity is permitted. Such a certificate gives assurance and certainty that the proposal meets the rules and does not need resource consent.
Efficient processing of resource consent applications on behalf of council’s from straight forward applications to complex developments.
Preparation of submissions on all manner of planning matters including proposed developments, plan changes, and policy statements.
Preparation and presentation of expert planning evidence at council hearings and before the Environment Court.
Policy advice regarding plan development from the initial stages right through to the hearing and appeal stage.
Advice regarding planning projects affecting government, including earthquake recovery projects and liaison between relevant departments and agencies.
Overall project management and leadership to ensure ‘joined-up’ processes and efficient outcomes.
Research, analysis and report writing for both central and local government and other organisations to inform decision making or proposed changes to plans or legislation.