Wynn Williams is experienced in working with local authorities in the preparation and hearings of proposed plans, and managing any subsequent appeals. The team also assists individual submitters on plan changes, and can also assist with private plan changes.
The team has had extensive involvement with recent expedited planning processes as a result of special legislation, including the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act 2010, the Christchurch District Plan Review process under the Canterbury Earthquake (Christchurch Replacement District Plan) Order 2014, the recovery plan process under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 and the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan process under the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010.
Within the consenting framework, the team is experienced with all aspects of the consenting process under both regional and district plans, and under the National Environmental Standards for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health. This includes assisting clients to obtain resource consents, advising on compliance, assisting with appeals regarding consents, and acting for submitters on consent applications that may affect them or their property.
The team have a broad knowledge base as a result of their work with local authorities, and as such are well placed to provide strategic advice regarding the option of seeking a resource consent versus a private plan change.
Wynn Williams also has extensive expertise in earthquake recovery issues for local authorities, insurance companies and land owners. The team has advised on the implementation of various policy and planning documents relevant to the Canterbury rebuild, including recovery plans, and the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016. The team regularly advises on the rebuild and repair of properties affected by the earthquakes, particularly where cross leases and unit titles are involved.
We can also assist with heritage buildings and archaeological sites, including advice on obtaining archaeological authorities under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.