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NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGES FACING A NEW MARINA

4Sight provided community and stakeholder engagement/consultation along with planning and specialist coastal ecological services to help develop a new marina in a challenging environment. 

The project

4Sight have been involved with the Sandspit marina project since its inception. So far we have:

  • Been involved in community and stakeholder consultation;
  • Prepared AEEs and lodgements for the project's various district and regional consents;
  • Carried out ecological assessments;
  • Reviewed submissions on the project and coordinated the applicant’s case at the joint council hearing;
  • Coordinated the lodging of an Environment Court appeal against a land use consent decision;
  • Managed a successful Environment Court-directed mediation;
  • Investigated a revised marina layout which would reduce construction costs;
  • Developed a programme for implementing all of the consent conditions and ensuring that engineers and contractors were aware of them;
  • Obtained council approval for the construction ecological and water quality monitoring programme and oversaw its implementation. 

The approach

4Sight are the trusted planning and environmental consultancy for a number of clients across New Zealand on a wide range of coastal development projects including ports, ferry landings, marinas, wharves and reclamations. This experience has given us deep insight into the inner-workings of local government – in particular how to navigate their clients through complex RMA and related environmental matters.

We have a thorough understanding of the types of consents required for coastal projects and the different ways to ensure they're obtained quickly and cost-effectively. Our Principal Planner, Max Dunn, has successfully consented more than 8 marina developments himself, and has also acted as an independent hearing commissioner of the Onehunga Foreshore reclamation in Auckland. Our Principal Ecologist Mark Poynter has been involved in eight marina developments.

 

 

THE OUTCOME

4Sight has successfully guided the marina society through a difficult resource consent process and have successfully achieved their desired result. 

We advised the society on the costs for each phase of the project, and were able to work within agreed budgets for each of them. We also helped to identify design changes and consent conditions as part of our role in the project, which saved the society time and money.  

Moving forward, 4Sight is still playing an active role in consent condition implementation, which shows our ability to assists clients far beyond the resource consent acquisition phase – right through to project completion and operation.