Presented by Nigel Mark-Brown
This course provides planners, engineers and scientists with an
overview of the management of water-related effects of development in
the RMA context.
Overview of Course:
- Overview of potential effects of development on surface and
groundwater. This will include a general description of the sources and
mechanisms involved in discharges of contaminants to the land and water
and other environmental effects on land and water from activities and
development. Case studies on consenting problems associated with
overland flow paths and flooding are presented and discussed.
- Good practice for managing water-related effects. This will give an
overview of and examples of good engineering assessment and design
practice relating to the planning, design and operation of developments
and infrastructure. Case studies on contamination management and
consenting are presented and discussed.
- Provisions of RMA plans. This will discuss how RMA plans address the
control of effects on water and water bodies and how approaches differ
within New Zealand.
- Using RMA plans. This will include a discussion of methods council
staff can use to satisfy themselves that appropriate avoidance,
remediation or mitigation is incorporated in proposed developments. It
will cover what planners/engineers/scientists need to know when
preparing and/or reviewing AEEs accompanying resource consent
applications. The workshop will show you how to liaise with engineers
and other specialists when the effects of activities may be more than
minor and/or when applications need technical scrutiny.
Subject Specific Outcomes:
- Understand the range of potential effects on surface water and
groundwater from developments and activities and the role of the RMA in
- Identify issues associated with proposed development that may have adverse effects on surface and groundwater.
- Know what is good practice to avoid, remedy or mitigate water-related effects of development or other activities.
- Understand how RMA plans address the water-related effects of developments and how and why approaches differ over regions
- Assess technical information provided with a resource consent
application and determine what further information or review what may be
required for the consent authority to full consider the application.
- Assess whether an applicant’s AEE contains sufficient information
for the consent authority to accept the application and to write the
officer’s report (s 42A RMA)
- Have an awareness of technical matters when liaising with engineers and other specialists.
This course is designed for district and regional council planning
and/or engineering staff who are responsible for processing resource
consents particularly in rural or greenfields areas. It is also designed
for planning and other consultants preparing AEE reports.
Mark-Brown is a consulting engineer specialising in the environmental
effects of development and associated discharges of contaminants to
ground and surface water. He is also experienced in stormwater and flood
management and in surface and groundwater resource management. Nigel
has prepared assessments of environmental effects for a range of
proposed developments and urban infrastructure projects. He has
completed the Making Good Decisions training for resource consent
hearing commissioners and has been a commissioner for a number of
resource consent hearings including for stormwater disposal, flood
management and wastewater treatment and disposal. He teaches a course on
assessing environmental effects and change as part of the Post graduate
Diploma in Science in Environmental Management at the University of
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