Regional and District Policy Plan Development – mock-up

Our team at Incite is highly skilled and experienced in policy and plan development for both regional and district plans. We enjoy working collaboratively alongside Council staff assisting with all stages of plan development, from plan drafting and Section 32 assessments, through to writing Section 42A reports and supporting hearing processes (including independent assistance to hearing panels). We provide robust planning solutions for complex issues, with a focus on a fit-for-purpose plan that is both effective and useable. Our consent processing experience enables a sharper focus on end users and long term implications of decisions.  We can also assist with private plan requests.

Regional Policy and Plans

  • The development of the Southland Water and Land Plan;
  • Waikato Regional Council’s Healthy Rivers plan change;
  • Coastal planning in Canterbury and Southland;
  • Land, water and marine planning in Marlborough;
  • The development of the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan and several plan changes in the Canterbury Region.

District Plans

  • Drafting of plan provisions and Section 32 reports for business zones as part of the Selwyn and Timaru District Plan reviews;
  • Helping lead the Hurunui District Plan review, where our team members provided project leadership, plan drafting, Section 32 drafting, preparation of the Section 42A reports and presentation at the hearing, and assisting with the mediation of all appeals;
  • Preparing and presenting Section 42A reports for the Marlborough Environment Plan (a combined regional policy statement, regional and district plan), for topics including rural, utilities and indigenous biodiversity;
  • Providing planning assistance directly to the Christchurch Independent Hearings Panel;
  • Providing planning input and advice to Regenerate Christchurch;
  • Preparation of private plan applications to the Ashburton and Christchurch District Plans;
  • Peer reviewing draft plan changes, including Section 32 reports, to the Hurunui District Plan.

Mentoring & Professional Development

We enjoy mentoring and assisting our clients to build their capability and confidence. We have assisted a number of clients by working alongside their less experienced team members in a peer review or mentoring role. This has allowed team members to be involved in plan processes and gain valuable experience, while ensuring robustness in their work. If you would like to provide your team with the opportunity to lead or be involved in a plan process, but don’t have the in-house capability or capacity to assist them, we can help by providing support every step of the way. We can tailor our role to suit your needs – whether you need someone to lead the project but provide opportunities for team members to be involved, or if you just require a peer review service, we can help.

Incite are also able to run in-house training sessions, designed to provide support to team members and to assist with building in-house capacity for RMA plan processes. Our experience running these with councils includes sessions on Section 32 analysis, plan drafting, Section 42A Reporting and providing specific, personalised feedback to those involved. We can work with you to tailor sessions around what your team would like to learn and build capability in. Whether it’s an RMA101 or specific policy drafting sessions, we are able to help.  If you would like to discuss how we can help you with building your in-house capacity then please contact us.

Our experience in this area includes:

  • In-house training series with Environment Canterbury on submission analysis and Section 42A Reporting. Participants were given personalised feedback on exercises undertaken during the training series that they were able to take on board in their subsequent work.
  • Working alongside Hurunui District Council during their Hurunui District Plan review and Environment Southland during the development of their Southland Water and Land Plan. Our team members provided overall project leadership as well as support to staff responsible for specific chapters. This allowed their team members to gain experience within each plan process while ensuring work was robust.
  • Peer review of Section 42A Reports for plan changes.