Case studies –
Planning & Regulatory

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Auckland Council Parks

SouthernSkies has a valued and longstanding relationship with Auckland Council Parks; Providing planning and consulting for a range of projects and activities including tracks, bridges , playgrounds and skateparks.

AN example is the shared pedestrian-cycle bridge at Bayswater and other sections of the Takapuna to Devonport route.

Key partners

Auckland Council Unitary Plan

Michael provided Key roles in the development of the earthworks provisions of the Auckland Unitary Plan; through the initial scoping, editorial support and the Topic Lead, through consideration of submissions, mediation and hearings

Key partners

Tauranga Eastern Link

On behalf of Environment Bay of Plenty, we processed the applications for all consents sought by the New Zealand Transport Agency and Tauranga City Council associated with the Tauranga Eastern Link.  This 23km greenfields toll road improves access from Te Maunga to Paengaroa, within improved access to the Port of Tauranga. 

SouthernSkies part in this project involved the technical assessment of erosion and sediment control methodologies, streamworks and stormwater management options, attendance at pre-hearing meetings, preparation of the officers hearing reports and attendance at the hearings. 

This project is typical of the extensive experience that SouthernSkies brings in coordinating and processing resource consent applications on behalf of regional councils, particularly for large scale infrastructure project.  The team at SouthernSkies has been integral in providing similar services for all major New Zealand Transport Agency projects undertaken in the Auckland Region since 2000. 

SouthernSkies has now been engaged by the Fulton Hogan / HEB team to develop the detailed erosion and sediment control plans and methodologies for the project.

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Wairere Falls Track

SouthernSkies also holds a valued relationship with Frame Group Limited in obtaining resource consents for public walkways and cycleways through parks and other sensitive areas, including land managed by the Department of Conservation.

An example is the Wairere Falls Track within the Kaimai Ranges near Matamata. SoutherrnSkies obtained resource consent from Matamata Piako District Council for the replacement of two bridges on this Department of Conservation track.

Other projects include various tracks throughout Auckland and a section of the Little River Rail Trail at Lincoln

Key partners

Frame Group