PM2: Making Good Plans

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE - Monday 10th August 2020

PM2 – Making Good Plans is part of NZPI's Plan Making stream of CPD.

This one day workshop has been designed for planners who are involved in plan changes, variations and reviews, with a focus on equipping planners with the tools and methods they need to develop plans that deliver good, effective and integrated outcomes.

While PM3 takes you through running a good plan review or change process, PM2 focuses on how we can develop good plans using the tools we have under the RMA and other relevant pieces of legislation, as well as practical techniques we can use to test our policy development.

Two of the most important tools we already have in the RMA are section 35 plan effectiveness monitoring and section 32 evaluation. What isn’t inherent in the RMA is the role of strategic or spatial planning and how we road test and achieve integration in our plans. This workshop will take participants through:

  • how we can set up plan effectiveness monitoring programs and be well prepared coming into a review;
  • the section 32 “journey”, and explore different techniques for testing policy development, including multi-criteria analysis;
  • taking a strategic and integrated approach to plan development.

The workshop draws on Gina’s extensive experience in plan review and development, and covers the recent National Planning Standards, 2017 amendment to the RMA, relevant case law and case studies from plan reviews and drafting.

Learning Outcomes:

An understanding of:

  • Section 35 plan effectiveness monitoring
  • Section 32 evaluations
  • Different tools and techniques for achieving good, effective and integrated plans

The role of strategic and spatial planning


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 two weeks prior to the event (depending on the venue). Thank you.

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Event Registration

08:30:00 - 16:30:00
Online via Zoom, Online
All Planners
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