PM2: Effective Plan Making

REGISTRATION DEADLINE - 9am, Tuesday 15th June
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This one day course is focused 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. The workshop 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. The workshop draws on Gina’s extensive experience, and covers 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

Presented by Gina Sweetman
Gina is an experienced planner with a wide range of experience, having worked for over 28 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, planning for Maori values, statutory planning and implementing best RMA practice into everyday practice. Gina is also an experienced accredited Hearings Commissioner (Chairs endorsement), Government appointed Freshwater Commissioner and 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).

Please see the terms and conditions under the events menu for our cancellation and transfer policy. Thank you

Event Registration

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