BA, LLB, Solicitor
Julia McKeown
Julia is a solicitor in the Resource Management and Environmental Law Team. She provides advice to local authorities and private clients on a broad range of Resource Management and Local Government matters.

Prior to joining Wynn Williams Julia worked in the Resource Management team of another New Zealand Law firm. 

"I enjoy working in a leading resource management team advising on complex legal issues and achieving practical and workable solutions for our clients."
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.

Recent Projects

  • Appearing in the Environment Court as junior counsel on an appeal against a decision to decline resource consent for a water take from the Hakataramea River.
  • Providing advice and appearing at a Council hearing for an outdoor communications company in relation to a resource consent proposal in Christchurch.
  • Providing advice on the implications of, and preparing submissions on various plan changes and reviews, including on proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan and Timaru District Plan.
  • Advising Environment Southland on a range of legal issues associated with wastewater discharges, including in relation to its obligations under the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.
  • Part of the legal team advising Environment Canterbury in relation to regional planning documents managing natural resources in Canterbury, including advice on appeals against decisions on plan changes in the High Court.
  • Successfully obtaining resource consents in relation to stormwater works, earthworks and signage.
  • Advising on property development matters including heritage matters, contaminated land, financial and development contributions.
  • Advising on existing use rights and certificates of compliance.
  • Advising on a range of heritage and property access related matters.
  • Environmental due diligence for commercial clients.
  • Providing advice on various duties and powers of local authorities under the Resource Management Act, Local Government Act, and Building Act.

Recent Articles


The future of the Resource Management Act – is the current Resource Legislation Amendment Bill the final amendment?

The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill is currently progressing through Parliament whilst Government is undertaking other pieces of significant work in relation to the New Zealand planning system, which brings into question the fate of the Resource Management Act 1991.

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Better local services - Local Government Act amendments

Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has recently announced further reforms to the local government sector to improve the service delivery and infrastructure provision arrangements at the local government level.

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National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity not just for Auckland

As foreshadowed in the 2016 Budget announcement, the Government has released the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (NPS UDC) for consultation. What might surprise many is that it is not just set to address the problem in the Auckland region, but Tauranga, Hamilton, Queenstown and Christchurch are also grouped in the "High Growth Urban Area" category.

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Environmental reforms - a paradigm shift?

On 26 November 2015, the Minister for the Environment, the Honourable Nick Smith, announced the long-awaited details of the suite of reforms to the Resource Management Act 1991 ("RMA") and other environmental legislation proposed in the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. The main objectives of the reforms are to achieve better alignment and integration across the resource management system, proportional and adaptable processes, and robust and durable decision making.

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Please sir, may I have a certificate of compliance?

What is a certificate of compliance? • A consent authority issues a certificate of compliance under section 139 of the Resource Management Act 1991 ("RMA") to confirm that an activity can be done lawfully in a particular location without a resource consent (i.e as a permitted activity). A certificate of compliance is treated as a resource consent and provides certainty to a resource user that their activity does not require a resource consent.

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6 months or bust

The new six-month consent processing time frames will be introduced on 3 March 2015 when Part 3 of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 (the "Amendment Act") comes into force. This will have a significant impact on the resource consent process, which has been overhauled in an attempt to make the entire procedure more efficient and provide a degree of certainty to applicants. Although these amendments were originally proposed to hasten "medium-sized projects" the amendments now apply across the board to all resource consent applications.

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Reported Decisions

  • Infinity Investment Group Holdings Ltd v Canterbury Regional Council [2017] NZEnvC 36
  • Sutton v Canterbury Regional Council [2015] NZHC 313, (2015) 18 ELRNZ 774, [2015] NZRMA 93


  • Resource Management Law Association
  • Canterbury Young Professionals

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PO Box 4341, DX WX11179, Christchurch 8140.
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