“Firstly planners cost you money; then they get you permission to do things you wouldn’t normally be able to do. If you choose your battles wisely they make you money.”

Our expert local knowledge, experience and capability get results that add value to projects: from large-scale commercial projects, to urban and rural developments, to recreational proposals or a single dwelling.

What do we offer?

Our skills combine strategic planning, statutory planning, environmental impact assessment, consultation and facilitation.

How do you benefit from working with us?

We have a strong background in the core management of the resource management aspects of large-scale projects, including coordinating a wide range of related disciplines.

We are involved in many resource management policy-planning roles, involving the preparation and review of plan changes and variations to District Plans, and designations across New Zealand.

Where do we work?

Brown & Company have a national reach. We carry out work primarily in Queenstown Lakes District, Auckland City, Southland District, Central Otago District, and Rodney District, on behalf of property development companies, Councils, institutions, the Ministry for the Environment, and individual clients.

Brown & Company provide a full range of resource management planning services. These include:


Policy Planning Services

  • Strategic Advice
  • Plan change preparation – including Special Housing Areas
  • Plan Change review and analysis
  • Section 32 analysis
  • Submission preparation
  • Public meetings and consultation
  • Masterplanning
  • Central, Regional and local government matters
  • Preparation of policy guidelines
  • Sub consultant coordination
  • Urban design
  • Affordable housing
  • Agricultural sector
  • Private sector
  • Public sector
  • Environment Court

Research Services

  • Due diligence
  • Scoping reports
  • District Plan analysis
  • Audits of RMA processes
  • Stakeholder consultation and survey
  • Information collation and analysis
  • Community services analysis

Designation Services

  • Notice of requirement preparation and review
  • Outline plan preparation and review
  • Consultation
  • Infrastructure
  • Community facilities
  • Airport Planning
  • Council hearings

Resource Consent Planning Services

  • Subdivision
  • Land use
  • Strategic advice
  • Regional and local government matters
  • Public meetings and consultation
  • Submission preparation
  • Masterplanning
  • Variations to consents
  • Extensions of time
  • Rural development
  • Urban development
  • Infrastructure
  • Jetties
  • Transport and traffic matters
  • Industrial activties
  • Recreational activities
  • Commercial activities
  • Visitor accommodation activities
  • Windfarms
  • Airport Planning
  • High and Low Residential activities
  • Earthworks
  • Contaminated sites
  • Ecological matters
  • Heritage matters
  • Iwi consultation
  • Council hearings
  • Environment Court hearings
  • Public sector
  • Private sector