Environmental & Urban Planning
We advise on the district, regional and unitary planning and statutory requirements, and the development potential of projects. We prepare and process resource consent applications and provide the environmental expertise necessary for AEEs involving infrastructure, multi-lot subdivisions, network utilities and commercial/ residential ventures.
We have significant experience with notices of requirement, outline plans of works, designation alterations and requiring authority applications, and have prepared several local and national policy documents and submissions.
Property Acquisition, Disposal & Legalisation
We are Accredited Crown Property Agents. We provide property negotiation, acquisition, disposal and legalisation services for roading, rail, electricity, telco, gas, water and waste projects, and commercial and residential developments.
We act on behalf of the Crown, councils and commercial operators. Our expertise includes the Public Works Act 1981, Local Government Act 2002 (leasing, licensing and road stopping), Electricity Act 1992, Resource Management Act 1991 and several other land related statutes, regulations and codes of practice.
Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
We prepare master plans and development plans from initial concept through to detailed design for infrastructure, open public spaces, streetscapes, sports facilities, residences, commercial premises and shared-space environments. We also draft contract documentation, including working drawings and design specifications, and offer onsite supervision and contract management during construction.
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Landscape Planning & Visual Assessments
We produce visual and landscape assessments, hearing evidence and expert witness statements to support a variety of work such as feasibility studies, route evaluations, resource consent applications and policy assessments.
We prepare supporting graphics such as viewshed analysis, visibility mapping, photomontages, artistic impressions and mitigation measure plans.
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Heritage, Parks & Open Spaces
We are experts on heritage matters under the Resource Management Act 1991 and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014. We prepare resource consents and assessments on heritage effects. We offer heritage policy advice, including peer reviews of district plans; heritage urban regeneration & placemaking, and heritage inventories. We also prepare archaeological authorities under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
We are experts on parks and open spaces planning & statutory requirements under the Reserves Act 1997. We prepare park management plans, open space strategies, asset management plans or other related parks/open spaces documents. Should any development affect parks or open spaces we can prepare a parks impact assessment.
Project Management, Route & Site Selection
We have proven experience in planning and managing the route/ site selection, property, consenting, stakeholder engagement and the communication work streams of major infrastructure projects. This includes the budgeting, programming, law, governance, and risk and contractor/ consultant management. Our multi-disciplinary approach, decision-making processes and project management are underpinned by the agile method. The entire approach is staged to prevent waste and to build the certainty needed for investment.
We locate and design routes and sites in a way that will be accepted by stakeholders, and will gain consents and property rights on time and budget. The location and design of a proposal is optimised by breaking it down into smaller, comparable parts and continuously fine-tuning it in response to expert advice and stakeholder feedback. The work is programmed by integrating the main engagement and legal workstreams and reverse engineering the critical path in line with construction deadlines, regulatory timeframes, and stakeholders needs & influence.
We work with authorities and communities to advance opportunities or solve deep-seated problems using the Agile and Lean Business methods. We draw on a variety of tools, such as service design, co-design, open data, GIS, mash-ups, hackathons, storytelling, facilitation and (net) huis.
We get you thinking about "why" something is a problem or opportunity and use design, user experience, data and validation to help you make quality decisions. We help you to discover the data needed to solve a community problem; to work with it, map it, present it and share it. We facilitate group activities to help people air their thoughts, listen to others, and teach new skills and thinking processes by working with real challenges. We show you how to experiment with prototype solutions, to test them, to fail, and to improve or 'pivot' them; and to track community ventures with feedback loops.
Geospatial Data & Design
Our experience tells us that interactive mapping tools and aerial imagery streamlines service coordination between clients, project teams and stakeholders. It also tells us that mapping tools aid in the successful development of ideas and designs, selecting optimal locations for proposals and reporting on the spatial progress of projects.
Our planning, property, landscape architecture, civic hacking and stakeholder engagement services are fully supported by our experienced geospatial team using the best mapping technologies. We apply these technologies to a wide variety of environmental, electricity, water and transport infrastructure projects, as well as commercial and residential development projects.