LLB (Hons), BCom , Senior Associate
Michelle Mehlhopt
Michelle specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law.  Michelle has expertise in a wide range of areas, including district and regional planning, resource consents, enforcement and strategic advice for local authorities.  She has been heavily involved in earthquake recovery, urban development and land use planning in Canterbury and is regularly involved in large projects for both private clients and local authorities involving multiple parties and complex issues.

Michelle works collaboratively with her clients and their staff, strategic partners and other key stakeholders and is solutions focused in her approach.

Michelle is recommended by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for her work in Resource Management.



"I enjoy working with an excellent team at Wynn Williams and with our clients to achieve the best results."
Contact
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.

Specialities

Recent Projects

  • Advising the Greater Christchurch Partnership on its Settlement Pattern Review and requirements under the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity. This includes ongoing strategic advice and briefings to governance groups and involves collaboration with strategic partners and consultation with key stakeholders.
  • Development of the proposed Canterbury Air Regional Plan and resolution of High Court appeals.
  • Acting for regional councils in the development of plans under the Biosecurity Act 1993 including the Canterbury Regional Pest Management Plan and the Fiordland Marine Regional Pathway Plan.
  • Acting for Environment Canterbury on the Christchurch Replacement District Plan, including in relation to natural hazards, indigenous biodiversity, airport noise, transport, subdivision, use and development.
  • Acting for Environment Canterbury on Environment Court appeals on the Hurunui District Plan.
  • Advising on the drafting of special legislation passed under urgency following the Hurunui/Kaikoura earthquakes.
  • Acting for Environment Canterbury and the Urban Development Strategy Partners (now part of the Greater Christchurch Partnership) in relation to earthquake recovery and regeneration matters in Greater Christchurch. This has included the development and implementation of the Land Use Recovery Plan and Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan, the development of the Cranford Basin Regeneration Plan and numerous changes to regional and district planning documents to enable recovery and generation.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Environment Canterbury on its Regional Policy Statement, Regional Coastal Environment Plan, Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan and proposed Canterbury Air Regional Plan.
  • Advising on consultation and decision-making requirements for local authorities, including judicial review proceedings.
  • Advising on bylaws, obligations and requests made under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, and enforcement matters and associated risks.
  • Advising on residential, rural, commercial and industrial property purchases and other due diligence.
  • Preparing resource consent applications for private clients.

Recent Articles

9/08/2017

National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry

The much anticipated National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry Regulations were notified in the NZ Gazette on 3 August 2017. These Regulations, which come into force on 1 May 2018, establish a new nationwide consenting regime for plantation forestry activities.

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21/06/2017

Natural Hazard Management under the RMA

Events such as the Christchurch earthquake sequence of 2010-2011, the November 2016 earthquake in Kaikoura and flooding in the Bay of Plenty earlier this year illustrate the need to effectively plan for, and respond to, natural hazards. Accordingly, the management of natural hazards has been given increasing importance in the recent amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA or Act).

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13/06/2016

Have Your Say on the Marlborough Environment Plan

The Marlborough District Council notified the proposed Marlborough Environment Plan (MEP) on 9 June 2016. Now is your opportunity to have your say by lodging a submission.

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11/08/2014

Christchurch City Council Plan Review - Another 'Streamlined' Process

The review of the Christchurch City Plan and Banks Peninsula District Plan will be streamlined by an Order in Council made under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 ("CER Act"). The Canterbury Earthquake (Christchurch Replacement District Plan) Order 2014 (the "Order"), which came into force on 8 July 2014, requires the Christchurch City Council ("the Council") to review the existing district plans and develop a replacement district plan. The Order modifies the provisions and application of the Resource Management Act 1991, and remains in force until 19 April 2016.

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2/05/2013

The Changing Face of Water Management in Canterbury

Over the last ten years, the focus in Canterbury has been on getting water.  Now that water has been allocated, the focus is now moving to securing the reliability of that water and controlling the discharges associated with its use. This new focus is wider than just dairying, and includes the use of land for any primary production.

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29/06/2012

Creswick Valley Residents Association Inc v Wellington City Council [2012] NZHC 644

A recent decision of the High Court in Creswick Valley Residents Association Inc v Wellington City Council [2012] NZHC 644 may have significant implications for Councils and their public notification obligations under the First Schedule of the RMA.

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Reported Decisions

  • Independent Fisheries Limited v Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery [2014] NZHC 959; [2014] NZHC 2810; [2015] NZHC 1353
  • Independent Fisheries Limited v Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery [2013] 2 NZLR 397 (SCNZ)
  • Canterbury Regional Council v Independent Fisheries Limited [2013] 2 NZLR 57 (CA)
  • Independent Fisheries Limited v Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery [2012] NZAR 785 (HC)
  • Cashmere Park Trust v Canterbury Regional Council [2012] NZEnvC 209
  • Kiwi Property Holdings Ltd v Christchurch City Council [2012] NZEnvC 92
  • Belfast Park Limited v Christchurch City Council [2011] NZEnvC 398
  • Canterbury Regional Council v Birchbrook Limited DC Christchurch CRI-2010-009-11694, 22 September 2011
  • Thacker v Christchurch City Council [2010] NZEnvC 246
  • Hampton v Hampton [2010] NZRMA 412
  • Canterbury Fields Management Limited v Waimakariri District Council [2011] NZEnvC 199
  • Association for Independent Research Inc v Canterbury Regional Council NZEnvC Christchurch C136/08, 12 December 2008
  • Crouchley v Ashburton District Council NZEnvC Christchurch C061/08, 21 May 2008
  • Brooklands Properties 2000 Ltd v Road Metals Company Ltd NZEnvC Christchurch C164/07, 19 December 2007
  • Christchurch City Council v New Zealand Chemical Care and Storage Limited NZEnvC Christchurch C124/07, 31 August 2007

Memberships

  • Treasurer of Canterbury Branch of Resource Management Law Association
  • Resource Management Law Association



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