Planning for Non-Planners

REGISTRATION DEADLINE - 9am, Wednesday 9th September 2020

The intention of this 3.5-hour (half day) workshop is provide non-planners with an understanding of the roles and functions in planning system and gain an understanding of what the planning system is seeking to achieve.

It is especially designed for people from a non-planning background that would like to gain a better understanding of how the planning system actually works in practice in New Zealand. It will explain the role of plans (Regional, Unitary and District Plans), plan changes, resource consents within the development process and will demystify the planning jargon so non-planners can actively engage in the planning system.

Aimed it staff in both the public and private practice firms and NGO who work with planners and would like to gain a better understanding of how the system works.

Key learning outcomes

  • To purpose and rationale for planning;
  • The basis of the planning system in New Zealand
  • The role of Regional, Unitary and District Plans;
  • Understanding Zoning and Resource Consents
  • Understanding the role of the planner in the planning system;
  • Understanding the structure and staffing of a resource consent, policy and compliance departments ; and
  • Understanding planning reports and the hearing process

Dr Lee Beattie is urban planner and designer with over 25 years professional experience in an extensive range of urban planning and design issues. He has work in both local government and private practice and is currently a Hearing Commissioner for Auckland Council and Queenstown Lakes District Council, Deputy Head of the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning and a rotating Chair of Auckland Council’s Urban Design Panel.

Registrations close at 9am, Wednesday 9th September 2020. For any late registrations please email

An invite to the Zoom meeting will be sent via email after registration has closed.

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Event Registration

09:00:00 - 12:30:00
Online via Zoom, Online
All Planners
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