TODD & WALKER Law has a distinguished reputation as one of the leading resource management firms in the Queenstown Lakes District and South Island.
The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) is one of New Zealand’s most significant pieces of legislation, governing the use of all natural resources (land, water, discharges to air and land). If you are contemplating such uses it is critical to have experienced advisers who are fully familiar with the RMA and processes associated with it. Graeme Todd has an intuitive understanding of the resource management process and its various components, and he has acted for all sides be they applicants, submitters and Council. Many high profile developments have relied on Graeme’s advice and representation. Graeme has over 35 years’ experience in planning applications and appeals and has appeared before the Environment Court in excess of 200 occasions as well as several appearances in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Michael Walker also has significant knowledge and experience having represented the Queenstown Lakes District Council in various consent applications and appeals.
Ben King, Associate and Sophie Diedrichs, Solicitor work as part of the RMA team and have extensive knowledge of the Wanaka and wider district and RMA matters affecting the area.
Ben Gresson is a specialist Solicitors in the RMA team at TODD & WALKER Law and has appeared in hearings in the Environment Court as junior counsel to Graeme, such as the Skyline Gondola direct referral.
Planning applications include activities such as:
Resource consent applications for residential or commercial developments;
Submissions on consent applications;
District Plan or Plan Change submissions;
Appeals or direct referrals to the Environment Court or further appeals to the High Court; and
Judicial Reviews to the High Court.
A planning application is often a collaborative activity involving the input of experts from different disciplines depending on the nature and scale of the application, (i.e planners, architects, or engineers).
Our Resource Management and Local Government Lawyers
Find out about the members of our Resource Management team