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It’s not just what happens locally that affects the planning process: many key issues at a national level filter down to impact the resource management planning process.

We stay current with resource management planning developments across the industry, as well as locally, check out recent and upcoming events and learn about our latest awards and successes.


RMLA Significant Project Award 2009

October 5, 2009

Brown & Company were thrilled to advise that The Hills Homesites project received an award from the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) on Saturday 3 October 2009, in Wellington. Brown & Company and Anderson Lloyd Lawyers co-jointly won the Significant Project Award for The Hills Homesites project in Arrowtown, Otago. This is the second year in a row that Brown & Company and Anderson Lloyd have been co-jointly awarded for their professional efforts by the RMLA. The project will see the development of 17 custom designed dwellings within the folds of The Hills golf course and surrounds – home to the New Zealand Open since 2007. The win signifies real industry acknowledgement of the expertise, time and energy that has gone into The Hills project and is a genuine reflection on the quality of the project developed to date. The Hills Homesites Project was one of 9 nominations in the nationwide project section this year. The criteria for the significant projects category requires set evidence that the project has made a significant contribution to the advancement of resource management best practice. Michael and Christine Hill congratulated Brown & Company and Anderson Lloyd for the award. The win has only furthered their excitement about the project. Michael Hill says, “This is a world first development. There has been a huge amount of expertise involved so far along with a tremendous amount of support from the community. I thank everyone for sharing the vision and I look forward to seeing this dream come true.” Brown & Company congratulate Anderson Lloyd and the wider team that were involved in the project; Darby Partners, Patterson Associates, Vivian Espie, Construction Management Services, Construction Survey, Traffic Design Group, Tonkin & Taylor, K2Vi, CPG, Conservation Management.

Auckland Ironbank building one of the world’s best

November 11, 2009

Ironbank – a new building on Auckland”s Karangahape Rd, won three architecture prizes at the Institute of Architects Auckland Awards ceremony on Tuesday 13 October. The building at 150-154 K Rd won commercial, sustainable architecture, and urban design awards. The building then became shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards in Europe in early November, and was highly commended / runner up for the winning award. Jeff Brown was pleased to carry out the planning work in 2002 – 2008 for Samson Corporation, gaining the resource consents necessary for the impressive seven level “Ironbank” building designed by RTA Studio architects, of Auckland.

RMLA Documentation Award 2008

August 27, 2009

In 2008, Brown & Company were pleased to be part of a team present at the RMLA Awards in Dunedin, to receive the RMLA Documentation Award 2008.

The award was for the preparation of the Mount Cardrona Station Plan Change (Plan Change 18) – a joint venture by Mount Cardrona Station Limited and Queenstown Lakes District Council to change the Queenstown Lakes District Plan to enable the best practice development of a new alpine village – located at the base of two existing ski fields. The village will provide for a mix of permanent residential and visitor accommodation, commercial and retail facilities, as well as opportunities for community, educational and recreational facilities.

The documentation was prepared by a group of specialised resource management practitioners contracted to the Council and land owner, including: Arrow Resource Management, Brown & Company Planning Group, Urbanism Plus, Baxter Design Group, Traffic Design Group, MWH New Zealand Limited, R A Skidmore Urban Design Limited, Kidson Consulting Limited, Angela Middleton (Archaeologist), Conservation Consultancy Limited, CBRE Richard Ellis, Tonkin & Taylor Limited, Royden Thomson (Geologist), Environet Limited (Air Quality).

Property Council New Zealand Award 2009

Queenstown”s Old Courthouse building won an excellence award in the Tourism and Leisure category at the 2009 Property Council New Zealand Awards. Brown & Company were pleased to carry out the planning work in 2007 for Property Developer Ngai Tahu Property Group, gaining resource consent to transform the category 1 Historic Places Trust-listed courthouse into a bar and restaurant appropriately named “Guilty”.