The following are a few examples of the type of work and projects our people have taken lead roles in over the course of their careers.
65 Unit Life Style Village Land Development Project – Napier
Ageing demographic housing, soil contamination, reverse sensitivity, servicing, Discretionary Activity, non-notification
Owing to access and drainage issues, the nearly 3ha site situated within a Main Residential Zone had sat undeveloped for a number of years despite urban growth demands. Working with civil engineers Cameron was engaged to investigate the feasibility of addressing servicing challenges as part of working towards a proposal to establish a lifestyle village as a means of responding to the housing demands of the ageing demographic.
The application involved the consideration of intersection design, drilling a new stormwater outlet under the State Highway, soil contamination, acoustic mitigation, reverse sensitivity issues and urban design to arrive upon a 65-unit layout.
All issues were successfully resolved enabling the application to be processed on a non-notified basis.
Child Care Centre – Napier
Discretionary Activity, Traffic Impact Assessment, Acoustic Impact Assessment, Limited Notification
Located within a Residential Zone but at the start of a strip of commercial development and currently containing a decrepit Hotel, the site was characterized by a number of challenges when trying to determine a feasible and appropriate land use.
Following the sites potential being identified by a child care provider, Cameron was engaged to co-ordinate a team of technical experts to address traffic, acoustic, potential soil contamination and design considerations as part of working towards a resource consent application to establish a facility for up to 75 children.
Although the adjoining neighbours were found to be affected, all issues were essentially revolved, and although one submission was received, the application was granted without the need for a hearing and without any further appeal.
Retirement Home – King Street, Napier
Internal layout, villas and apartments, hospital and dementia care, servicing, financial contributions, limited notification, pre-hearing meeting, Council hearing
Bryant House is a small boutique retirement home situated among residential properties in Taradale, Napier.
Realising the need to upgrade the facility and the increasing demands for aged housing and care, the owner acquired a number of properties adjoining the existing site with a view to increasing capacity and the levels of care provided.
Cameron was engaged to work with the designer and civil engineers to resolve layout and servicing challenges and to prepare the necessary resource consent application to expand the facility.
The application involved the consideration of bulk and location, traffic, stormwater and financial contribution matters, together with urban design and landscaping considerations.
The application was processed on a limited notified basis with nearby and adjoining properties being found affected, and involved a number of pre-hearing meetings to discuss and resolve concerns. The application was eventually granted by a Council Hearings panel without any further appeal.
Ahuriri Villas – 16 Lot medium density residential development
Special Character Area, integrated design, multi-unit development, subdivision, Discretionary Activity, non-notification
Located within a mixed use environment with good access to cafes, bars and the coast, Ahuriri is becoming a sought after area.
As a remnant of the previous development pattern the site contained a number of industrial uses despite the majority of its surrounds being residential. With it coming to the market however, Cameron was engaged to investigate its feasibility to accommodate medium density development. Wanting a high quality outcome the client commissioned a project team involving Cameron as the Planner, architects and engineers, and together they developed an integrated design to meet planning outcomes and servicing requirements while trying to raise the bar in terms of architectural and liveability outcomes.
The concept involved 16 dwellings providing a range of living outcomes – some semi-detached, some two storey and some on individual lots, together with a central area of open space and an access layout characterised by multi-purpose lanes as opposed to roads.
The site was located within a Special Character Area requiring heritage values to be considered, while challenges around access, servicing and layout also needed to be resolved. Having layered up the concept taking the receiving environment into account, the application was able to be processed on a non-notified basis without the need for any affected party approvals.
Heritage Works – Mid City Plaza, Napier
Heritage Item, earthquake strengthening, commercial, non-notification
Characterized by buildings of different architectural styles and heritage values, the Mid City Plaza was below New Building Standard and almost entirely vacant.
Cameron was engaged to work with architects and structural engineers to investigate various options including partial demolition. Although the final concept involved total retention of the built form, a resource consent to undertake internal and external alterations to the buildings as part of structural upgrades and to introduce additional tenancies was required.
Being listed as a Group I Heritage Item the application involved the consideration of heritage values as well as access from public areas. The application was approved on a non-notified basis. Key heritage values were preserved while still enabling necessary upgrades and improved streetscape outcomes to attract tenants.
Road Realignment and Municipal Wastewater Discharge – Opoutama, Mahia
Notice of Requirement, municipal wastewater discharge, effects on groundwater and the coastal environment, cultural impacts, Environment Court
Acting for the Wairoa District Council Cameron prepared a Notice of Requirement together with an associated Resource Consent application to realign the main road to Mahia and to discharge effluent from a new municipal wastewater treatment and disposal scheme servicing Opoutama – a coastal settlement characterised by a sensitive receiving environment in terms of groundwater quality and the coastal marine area with widespread cultural and archaeological values.
Cameron coordinated a team of experts and the project involved understanding and reporting on engineering, landscape and archeological matters together with detailed groundwater modelling studies to quantify effects on the quality of nearby surface water resources and the coastal environment.
The applications were approved by Independent Commissioners and successfully defended at the Environment Court following an appeal by a submitter.
Municipal Water Supply Take – Esk River, Hastings District Council
Water Permit, minimum flows and allocable volume, ground and surface water connectivity, water demand analysis, conservation procedures
With one of Hastings District Council’s municipal water permits expiring, Cameron was engaged to prepare a replacement application considering stream depletion issues together with surface water allocation and domestic and industrial demand matters.
Being an essential take it was important to determine a regime whereby taking could still occur below minimum flow. Cameron worked with the Council to develop a management plan acknowledging both instream values and municipal demand needs to arrive upon a favourable outcome. The application was granted on a non-notified basis.
Water Harvesting – Matahiwi Farm, Wairarapa
Water harvesting, dam, Preliminary Impact Category, residual flows, water allocation, ecological values, cultural values, off-setting, public notification, pre-hearing meetings, Independent Commissioner hearing
Acting for the Applicant Cameron was engaged to prepare an application to dam a tributary of one of the main rivers in the Wairarapa to harvest water for irrigation. Working with an ecologist and engineers together with Councils hydrologist Cameron coordinated all inputs and developed a residual flow regime to address ecological requirements and the surface water management regime embodied within the Regional Plan.
The application was publicly notified but having worked through concerns associated with flooding, allocation, effects on ecology and cultural values during pre-hearing meetings and developing offset mitigation, the application was granted by Independent Commissioners without further appeal.
A Global Approach to Water Allocation – Twyford, Hawkes Bay
Grouping of multiple water permits, ground and surface water connectivity, Limited Notification, pre-hearing meetings
In 2009 applications to take ground and surface water were lodged with the Hawkes Bay Regional Council for the replacement of existing water permits in Tywford. The replacement process was characterised by a lack of understanding around existing water use and future demand and a relatively conservative approach around the hydrogeological relationship of ground and surface water. The outcome of the replacement process was a low security of use and various deficits in crop water requirements which combined to limit the potential for growers to develop and sustain crops.
Working with water user group with a vision of combining individual allocations and sharing the overall allocation, Cameron developed a framework to address deficiencies and achieve a higher security of supply through establishing a global consenting approach under which numerous takes could be managed under one consent.
In addition to contemplating the mechanics behind the consent, challenges involved ground and surface water connection, efficiency of augmentation regimes, effects on ecological values and other users, as well as introducing a change of mindset for users, stakeholders and Council alike. Alongside the resource management process was a legal one, and entry and exit strategies were developed to allow the global allocation to increase while preserving the value of individual allocations.
Although the application was notified and submissions received, all issues were addressed through the pre-hearing process and the application was granted without the need for a hearing.
Having attracted national interest and featuring on One News, the regime has gone on to deliver users with the security of supply anticipated without compromising minimum flows – a considerable improvement on the outcome of the 2009 replacement process.
Tukituki Plan Change Implementation Plan – Hawkes Bay Regional Council
Proposal of National Significance, Plan analysis, Implementation Planning, stakeholder engagement
The Tukituki Plan Change prepared by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council was considered and determined by an independent Board of Inquiry as part of a Proposal of National Significance involving the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.
The Plan Change introduced new requirements, operational obligations and procedures for both landowners and HBRC, and presented significant implementation challenges that were exacerbated by the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to complex environmental issues.
To commence the journey towards implementation Cameron was engaged to work with key staff to better interpret the provisions of the Plan through an implementation lens and to develop a transparent and collaborative approach towards implementation in partnership with iwi, stakeholders and landowners by outlining initial actions and providing a framework to obtain further clarity and understanding around matters not yet fully explored or understood. A key part of the work also involved identifying consequential work demands, further obligations and internal resourcing implications for HBRC.
The project involved stakeholder engagement and presentations to Council Committees.
Heretaunga Plains Urban Development Strategy Review – Napier City, Hastings District and Hawkes Bay Regional Councils
Urban Growth, provision for lifestyle development, preference analysis, reporting to partner Councils
The original Heretanuga Plains Urban Development Strategy concluded that there was a surplus of existing rural lifestyle sites to meet projected market demand, and that as a result, no more land was required to be zoned for additional rural lifestyle use. As part of its review 5 years later however there was concern that these conclusions may not be valid and that the situation may not be accurately represented in the ensuing Policy frameworks of the Regional Policy Statement and District Plans.
Working as part of a project team considering numerous matters, Cameron was engaged by the partner Councils to consider this particular issue and to determine whether the current planning frameworks were adequate to enable and meet future demand.
Using computer mapping spatial queries with assistance of Council GIS staff, the project involved developing methodologies for, and identifying existing vacant stock for rural lifestyle development and the potential supply moving forward – taking existing planning frameworks and parameters around preference into account.
Unlocking development constraints within areas already zoned for lifestyle development and the importance of enabling on-going subdivision (where appropriate) over the 30-year period of the Strategy was highlighted, as well as the challenges of preferred areas of development also being located in areas of stricter development controls.