Auckland Plan Review

Client | Auckland City Council
Project Personnel | Matt Bonis
Location and Completion Date | Auckland 2014-16

Matt Bonis has assisted the Auckland Planning team since the inception of the Auckland Unitary Plan providing planning and regulatory support to the Council’s Business Policy Team faced with consolidating seven territorial plans into one cohesive regulatory framework. Matt has undertaken numerous workshops involving both the Council and multiple large scale retail and commercial representatives, which greatly assisted in narrowing the extent of debate as to the management of business land within Auckland.

Throughout this process Matt has helped to frame the respective policy provisions for the district plan, and codify respective rules across a number of zones from Heavy Industrial to Commercial Centres.

Matt has an ongoing role with the Council providing planning evidence and appearing at hearings as the Council works its way through the hearing and subsequent Environment Court appeal processes.

Other strategic policy development & plan change projects

District plan strategic development

Waikato District Plan Review

Jonathan Clease assisted Waikato District Council in assessing submissions on the rural and small settlement chapters as part of a District Plan Review. These projects have involved drafting reports in accordance and presenting evidence at the subsequent Council hearing.

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Strategic policy development for councils

Taupō District Plan Review

Matt worked with Taupō District Council on resolving Environment Court appeals on the commercial chapter of the District Plan. This involved careful consideration of the overall policy approach, consideration of zone boundaries and zone rule frameworks.

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Timaru Growth Strategy

Matt Bonis prepared the Timaru Growth Strategy to provide an overarching strategic framework for achieving sustainable growth and to guide the upcoming review of the District Plan.

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Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan

Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan

We provided full RMA planning input into the preparation of the information that LPC are required to provide to the Regional Council for the development of a Port Recovery Plan to enable the $500 million rebuilding of Port infrastructure following the earthquakes.

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Selwyn Plan Change 7

Plan Change 7 to the Selwyn District Plan

The Planz team worked closely with the Council on the preparation and implementation of Plan Change 7, which rezoned 810ha of land at Lincoln and Rolleston to a new mixed density zone

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Innovation Precinct

Innovation Precinct Spatial Framework

This project involved careful consideration of the Central City Blueprint and the interaction of CERA designations and the underlying zone rules. Developing a planning strategy for how private-sector led development would occur under the designation required ongoing liaison with MBIE, CCDU, and Council staff.

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Sticky Forest

Wanaka Sticky Forest future development

This block contained landscape values, existing forestry, and informal mountain biking tracks that were valued by the community. The block was also being made available to the client as compensation for historic grievances under the South Island Landless Natives Act.

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Selwyn District Plan Review

The early stages of this review have included Planz assessing the effectiveness and outcomes that the operative District Plan has been generating in the topic areas of commercial urban design, the interface between commercial and industrial zones and

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Retail and Industrial District Plan Provisions

Planz has been engaged by a number of councils and private interests with regard to the framework for retail and industrial land use provisions within district plans

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Selwyn 2031: District Development Strategy

Planz Consultants assisted with the preparation of Selwyn 2031: District Development Strategy, which was adopted by Selwyn District Council in August 2014.

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Lifestyle block

Rural Residential Growth Management

Jonathan Clease provided planning advice and peer review to the development of the Selwyn Rural Residential Strategy 2014 which was undertaken under the LGA to guide future development of rural residential development in the District

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Christchurch District Plan Review

Planz was actively involved in assisting a wide range of clients on the District Plan Review.

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District Plan Template Investigation

Planz undertook a review of spatial planning tools currently in use in Regional and District Plans across New Zealand to assist MfE with a template approach to facilitate consistency in District Plan drafting nationally.

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Waterloo Park

Waterloo Business Park Development

Planz led the plan change to rezone 114ha of land surrounding the old Islington Freezing Works to enable its redevelopment as a modern business park and distribution centre.

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