Integrated Strategic Planning Forum

An event for those who are interested in the different approaches to integrating land use, transport and corporate planning for growth and for non-growth local authorities. This event will feature the latest case studies from local authorities across the range of integrated planning models, and interactive workshops.

  • 26 Nov
  • Harbourside Function Venue (formerly Macs Function Centre), Wellington
  • 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
  • $550.00 excl. GST. for members
  • $650.00 excl. GST. for non-members
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Overview

The stars are beginning to align once more for the integrated strategic plan. The assignment of the transport, housing and urban development portfolios to the same Minister, combined with the “return” of statutory recognition to the four wellbeings suggests that integrated thinking is something to be prized and encouraged, regardless of your local authority’s size, settlement pattern or population change.

This is an event for those interested in hearing about the latest developments in integrated strategic planning, including but not limited to so-called spatial planning and whether and how they might be applied in your own local authority. We feature an up to minute presentation of developments by one of the leading practitioners in the field, Ree Anderson. We’ll draw on two case studies from outside the metros – Rotorua-Lakes and Gisborne. We’ll hear how the only council that has to prepare such a plan went about their first full review.

Interactive workshops led by people who’ve integrated or are integrating their planning will provide a hands-on opportunity to discuss real issues and problems, as well as the opportunity to customise your Forum experience to your own needs.

Who should attend:

  • Strategic planners
  • Land use planners and policy people
  • Infrastructure managers and planners
  • Policy people

Programme

9.00am Registration Opens

9.30am Welcome

Raymond Horan, Manager Sector Improvement, SOLGM

9.35am Does one spatial planning approach fit all? An overview of spatial planning in New Zealand

Ree Anderson, Director - Ree Anderson Consulting Limited

With the exception of Auckland, there is no statutory requirement for regions, cities or districts to undertake a spatial plan. Nevertheless, many local authorities are electing to do so because spatial planning is a tool that can be employed at multiple scales to integrate activities to address growth, achieve sustainable development and neighbourhoods. A commentary will be provided on the different spatial planning approaches and tools together with the relevance of these to the four well-beings, government's urban growth agenda, the National Policy Statement - Urban Development Capacity (NPS-UDC), the proposed Urban Development Authority, Long Term Plans and private sector activity.

10.25am Case Study 1: The Auckland Plan Refresh

Denise O’Shaughnessy, Manager Strategic Advice, Auckland Council

The first Auckland Plan, produced in 2012, was a landmark document covering every aspect of Auckland life and economy. One of its provisions was that it would be reviewed after six years to ensure it continued to provide the necessary direction for decision-making in our fast-changing environment. Denise will talk through how Auckland tackled the refresh.

11.05am Morning Tea

11.25am Case Study 2: Rotorua-Lakes Council

Jean-Paul Gaston, Group Manager, Strategy, Rotorua Lakes Council

12.05pm Case Study 3: Gisborne District Council

Keita Kohere, Director Transformation and Relationships, GIsborne District Council

12.50pm Lunch

1.30pm Breakouts - Rotation One

Breakout sessions focussed around particular issues, challenges with or barriers to Integrated Strategic Planning

A. Tools

Led by David McCorkindale, Group Manager, Strategy & Development, Horowhenua District Council

What tools do we need to support ISP? Where are the gaps and who should be filling them?

B. Collaboration

Led by Rebecca Perrett, General Manager Environmental Services, Tauranga City Council

How can we make ISPs work where there are multiple councils involved?

C. ISP and Legislation

Led by Raymond Horan, Manager Sector Improvement, SOLGM

Should ISP be a legislative requirement? If so, what form should this take?

2.15pm Breakouts – Rotation Two

D. Engagement

Led by David McCorkindale Group Manager Strategy & Development, Horowhenua District Council

How can we engage the community on an ISP including all the community, not just the politicians and the squeaky wheels?

E. Planning an Integrated Strategic Plan

Led by David Totman, Principal Advisor, Waipa District Council

What steps do you need to take to start an integrated strategic plan? What factors should you consider when developing a project.

F. ISP and the Elected Members

Led by Susan Edwards, Community Development Manager, Tasman District Council

How do you make a case that ISP is a worthwhile thing to be taking on? What’s the governance role?

3.00pm The case for spatial planning - smaller local authorities and those challenged by low growth.

Ree Anderson, Director - Ree Anderson Consulting Limited

One of the objectives of spatial planning is to reduce regional disparity, encourage development and economic recovery through innovation and new initiatives. These circumstances may require a different spatial planning approach than occurs for those areas undergoing growth so that acceptable living conditions are achieved or low growth trends are reversed. There will be a discussion on the relevance of spatial planning for such local authority areas.

3.45pm Report Back from Breakouts

Breakout group leaders

Two minute summaries from each of the breakout group leaders on the outcomes from their sessions.

Notes from the sessions will be written up and made available to Forum registrants as a post-Forum deliverable

4.00pm Summing up

4.05pm Close of Event

Presenters

  • Raymond Horan

    Manager, Sector Improvement, SOLGM

    Raymond re-joined SOLGM in June 2014 taking on a new role, Sector Improvement Manager. He has spent most of the last 20 years in local government related roles, most recently with the Department of Internal Affairs.

    He describes his job as two-thirds, providing assistance to the local government sector and one-third providing advice to central government on local government matters. His ambition is to help develop a Local Government Act that doesn’t require changes every 18 months. He asks that you wish him well with this task.

  • Ree Anderson

    Director, Ree Anderson Consulting Limited

    Ree's work includes specialising in local authority activities including business transformation and spatial planning. She is currently assisting councils to build strong cultures and design for integrated planning and services based on the tools used to establish the Housing Project Office.

  • Jean-Paul Gaston

    Group Manager Strategy, Rotorua Lakes Council

    Jean-Paul is the Group Manager Strategy at Rotorua Lakes Council and has more than 20 years’ experience in senior roles providing policy and strategy advice and operational leadership in local government. His current role focuses on ensuring an integrated approach to strategy development, communication and engagement with the community, and governance support.

    Before joining Rotorua Lakes Council in July 2007, Jean-Paul has worked in three other New Zealand councils and for the Audit Commission in the UK.

    Jean-Paul has a master’s degree in Public Policy and a bachelor of science with honours.

  • David McCorkindale

    Group Manager Strategy & Development, Horowhenua District Council

    David is currently the Group Manager Strategy & Development at Horowhenua District Council. A town planner by trade, David has spent the last 18 years in local government in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom carrying out a range of planning related roles.

    During that time David has been able to experience most aspects of planning in the local government and resource management context with a few steep learning curves along the way.

    He continues to enjoy the challenges and opportunities that working in local government brings, and thrives on the chance to make a real difference for local communities.

  • David Totman

    Principal Advisor, Waipa District Council

    David hasenjoyed adiverse planning career His work has ranged from detailed master planning for new development to strategic spatial planning for future development.

    He has workedvariously at a central government, regional government and local government level and managed a planning and environmental consultancy for 15 years.

    David currently works as Principal Policy Advisor at Waipa District Council. He is also a part-time lecturer in strategic spatial planning at the University of Waikato.

  • Jean-Paul Gaston

    Group Manager Strategy, Rotorua Lakes Council

    Jean-Paul is the Group Manager Strategy at Rotorua Lakes Council and has more than 20 years’ experience in senior roles providing policy and strategy advice and operational leadership in local government. His current role focuses on ensuring an integrated approach to strategy development, communication and engagement with the community, and governance support.

    Before joining Rotorua Lakes Council in July 2007, Jean-Paul has worked in three other New Zealand councils and for the Audit Commission in the UK.

    Jean-Paul has a master’s degree in Public Policy and a bachelor of science with honours.