CANCELLED (Low Numbers) PM2: Effective Plan Making

This course is suitable as a core CPD requirement for Intermediate members.


This one day course is focussed on those involved in plan drafting. Using a range of teaching techniques, it is designed to provide the participants with a good understanding of how to prepare effective s32 evaluations and draft plans that are easy to understand, structurally sound and achieve their intended outcomes in practice.

The workshop learns on lessons affirmed by the Supreme Court through the King Salmon decision and consider how we write policy in a post-Davidson world. It takes you step-by-step through the plan drafting process, showing how using s32 throughout the process is best practice and results in clearly drafted provisions and reflecting on the lessons that we have learnt through case law.

The workshop includes techniques for determining if the outcomes were achieved and potential barriers to plan quality using a case study examining the landscape and ecology provisions in three different plans through a series of 24 case studies. It draws on Gina’s extensive experience, and covers drafting in a post-National Planning Standard world, the 2017 amendment to the RMA, treaty legislation, case law and case studies from plan drafting, including:

· EDS vs King Salmon 2014

· Suburban Estates Ltd vs Christchurch CC 2001

· Long Bay's Okura Great Park Society Inc vs ARC 2008

· Kapiti Coast District Council

· Hutt and Upper Hutt City Councils

· Wellington City Council

· Auckland City Council

· Porirua City Council

· Environment Canterbury

· Horizons Manawatu

· Wellington Region

· Ministry for the Environment oversight


Gina Sweetman is an experienced planner with a wide range of experience, having worked for over 26 years in local and central government and currently private practice. She has a strong knowledge of all aspects of the RMA, with particular strengths in policy review and development, training, statutory planning and implementing best RMA practice into everyday practice.

Gina is also an experienced accredited Hearings Commissioner, appointed Development Contributions Commissioner and NZPI Distinguished Service Award recipient.

NOTE - If you are interested in attending a workshop please register early to ensure it goes ahead. Minimum numbers are required for a workshop to run. This generally ensures there is sufficient people to allow different experience and views to be part of the discussion within the course setting. Registration deadline is normally 2 - 3 weeks prior to the event (depending on the venue). Thank you.
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08:30:00 - 16:30:00
Trailways Hotel, 66 Trafalgar St, The Wood, Nelson, Nelson
All Planners
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