Young RMLA and Young Planners : Panel session on the Auckland Unitary Plan High Court “Scope Case”

The Young RMLA and the Young Planners Auckland branches invite you to a panel session on the Auckland Unitary Plan ‘Scope Case’, which was heard in the High Court in late 2016.

Following the Auckland Council’s decisions on the Unitary Plan, a large number of parties brought appeals and judicial review challenges against the Independent Hearings Panel and the Council, claiming there was insufficient scope from submissions for their recommendations/decisions on the Unitary Plan.  A preliminary hearing on matters of scope was heard by Justice Whata in the High Court and canvassed a number of test cases of rezonings across Auckland.  Justice Whata’s judgement, released in March, found that the broad ‘upzonings’ across Auckland were in scope of submissions on the Unitary Plan.

We will hear from Dr Royden Somerville QC and Melinda Dickey, Partner at Brookfields Lawyers, who ran Auckland Council’s legal case alongside then Legal Counsel at Auckland Council, Katherine Anderson, as well as Gurv Singh and Rebecca Sanders, Auckland Council Principal Planners, who provided planning support for the case.

Panel members will discuss the case, key challenges, and implications of the judgement for future planning processes.  Drinks and nibbles will follow.

Attendees are welcome to send in any questions for the panel members in advance of the event.  Please direct questions to

Many thanks to Brookfields Lawyers for hosting and sponsoring this event.

CPD: 1 hour

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When: 07 June 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Brookfields Lawyers

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