FREE | 2017 NZPI Conference: Judge David Kirkpatrick and Judge John Hassan

NZPI Conference 2017 - Changing Places

Judge David Kirkpatrick and Judge John Hassan
Some learnings from the Auckland Unitary Plan and Christchurch Replacement District Plan Procesess

These were very different hearings models but some common themes emerge on how planners can be effective as experts and for their clients:

  • The model is significantly more inquisitorial than a merits appeal. While it is a quasi –judicial process, the ultimately product of a panel’s work is a plan. That imposes significant different demands in terms of the roles of planners as experts and in the drafting of plan provisions.
  • There is a much higher demand for quality in all inputs (expert evidence, plan drafting). These burdens are especially high for Council planners. They are also high for planners advising stakeholders who have a significant longer term investment in the planning outcomes.
  • There is an important need for flexibility and creative thinking about processes and procedures, including in mediation and negotiation with other parties, the roles for expert witnesses, and engagement with the Panel and the Secretariat.
  • All need to be on notice that these hearings, while producing quicker planning outcomes, are not ‘cheap’ in their resourcing demands.

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