Below is a recording of the webinar on Negotiating the NESCS – Drivers for change – A planner’s perspective.

The webinar was held on Tuesday 10 May 2016 and was presented by Karen Blair of Burton Planning Consultants.

It explores, from a planner’s perspective, some matters that might usefully be considered in the forthcoming reviews of the NECSC.

This 60 minute webinar covers:

Policy Approach

  1. Does the NESCS achieve its purpose and to what extent does it facilitate meeting various functions and responsibilities under the RMA?
  2. Should the NESCS have been developed without a supporting policy framework? What might a supporting policy framework look like?

Regulatory Approach

  1. Is the NESCS generally appropriately targeted? This will include a discussion of the HAIL list, as well as the wider roles and functions of regional and district councils and how these interface with the NES.
  2. Do all the specific activities currently covered by the NESCS need to be regulated as they are? This will consider the specific activities regulated by the NES, as well as consent structure and the role of the SQEP vs specific standards.
  3. Summation – what are some key principles for change?
  4. Wrap up discussions and exchange of ideas.

About the presenter:

Karen Blair holds a Bachelor of Planning degree from Auckland University and has been a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute since 1995. She is now a Principal Planner and Director of Burton Planning Consultants Limited, in Auckland, and worked at Burtons for some 17 years.  Prior to that she worked for just over two years as a Policy Analyst with the Ministry for the Environment in Auckland, and over three years as a Planner at Waitakere City Council (now part of Auckland Council).

Karen has provided planning services to a range of private, corporate and public sector clients, addressing a variety of commercial, retail and residential activities and traversing a wide range of environmental issues including the management of contaminated land and hazardous substances.