Auckland Council botch up resource consents
Thu Aug. 30th 2018
Berry Simons was instrumental in obtaining the Environment Court declaration which disagreed with how Auckland Council applied special character rules of the partly operative Auckland Unitary Plan.
BERRY SIMONS CONTINUES TO FLOURISH
Thu Aug. 2nd 2018
Specialist Environmental Law firm Berry Simons continues its rapid growth and development with the promotion of senior environmental lawyer Helen Andrews to Partner and Kate Storer to Senior Associate.
Pokeno plan change request granted for extension
Mon May 14th 2018
Pokeno Village Holdings Limited successfully obtained approval for the rezoning of 26 hectares of rural land adjoining the existing Pokeno Structure Plan area.
Orewa Retirement Resort Victory
Fri April 27th 2018
Consent has been successfully obtained for a new "coastal resort" retirement village development in Orewa following a hearing in March.
"Where to next?" for RMA and NZ's RM System
Wed March 28th 2018
Simon Berry presented a paper entitled “The Resource Management Act 1991 and New Zealand’s Resource Management System – Where to Next?” to the LegalWise Environment and Planning Updates and Reforms Conference in Auckland.
FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON POTENTIAL SHORT TERM AMENDMENTS TO RMA
Wed March 7th 2018
Over the last two years, Berry Simons has been critical of what we see as a decline in the coherence and workability of the Resource Management Act 1991 (“RMA”), as a result of ill-conceived and poorly drafted amendments to that Act.
Orewa locals claim victory against sea wall proposal
Thu Dec. 7th 2017
Berry Simons Partner Sue Simons and Associate Kate Storer have successfully defeated an application by Auckland Council to construct a sea wall at Orewa beach, in Auckland.
RMJ Article: RMA - Where to from here?
Mon Sept. 25th 2017
Further amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) have become inevitable, if only to address the adverse consequences of ill-conceived amendments made in the last few years.
RMJ Article: Death of the RMA by a Thousand Cuts
Thu May 11th 2017
Berry Simons authors have expressed the concern that two recent legislative initiatives continue the increasingly evident trend towards ad hoc decision-making processes under the RMA.
RMA REFORMS OUT OF STEP WITH DECISION MAKING BEST PRACTICE
Thu April 13th 2017
Simon Berry, Sue Simons, Andrew Braggins and Helen Andrews attended the International Symposium on Environmental Adjudication in the 21st Century.
YALE TOUR TO ROATAN ISLAND, HONDURAS
Fri March 31st 2017
In March 2017 Sue Simons was offered the unique opportunity to join a Yale University Educational Travel Tour of Roatan Island off the coast of Honduras in the Caribbean.
Berry Simons' Annual Summer Party
Tue March 14th 2017
On the afternoon of Friday, 10 February, Berry Simons closed the office doors and set out to hold the Annual Firm Summer Party.
Aucklanders locked out of Government move to get rid of reserves
Thu Feb. 9th 2017
Berry Simons is extremely concerned with efforts to see reserve land in an Auckland suburb snatched up for housing development.
BERRY SIMONS PROMOTES CHRIS TIMBS TO ASSOCIATE
Thu Jan. 19th 2017
Berry Simons has promoted solicitor Chris Timbs to be an Associate of the firm from 1 January.
NPS on Urban Development Capacity in force next week
Thu Nov. 24th 2016
The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (“NPS-UDC”) will come into force on 1 December 2016.
Andrew Braggins in the news
Tue Nov. 22nd 2016
Berry Simons' partner Andrew Braggins has been quoted on the front page of the Otago Daily Times.
LOCATION GROUP GAINS CONSENT FOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT
Tue Nov. 15th 2016
Simon Berry and Kate Storer recently acted for Location Group, successfully obtaining consent for a six storey mixed use development.
Sue Simons takes Property Council Auckland supreme award
Mon Nov. 14th 2016
Congratulations to Sue Simons for taking out the Property Council Auckland Branch Award for Excellence at the inaugural Auckland Property People Awards.
SIMON BERRY RUNS AUCKLAND HALF MARATHON FOR CHARITY
Tue Nov. 1st 2016
On 30 October, Simon Berry ran the Auckland Half Marathon for charity and has so far raised $4,794 for the Mental Health Foundation.
Concerns raised over Minister's control of ELA Fund
Fri Oct. 21st 2016
In a recent media interview, Berry Simons' Senior Partner Simon Berry expressed concern that the Minister for the Environment is now making the final decision on applications to the Environmental Legal Assistance (ELA) Fund.
Productivity Commission should avoid premature recommendations
Tue Oct. 11th 2016
Berry Simons has lodged a submission on the Productivity Commission’s draft Better Urban Planning report, which makes recommendations to the Government about changes required to the planning regime to improve urban planning.
Poor outcomes from implementation, not the RMA - Report
Mon Oct. 10th 2016
The partners of Berry Simons agree with a key conclusion of the Environmental Defence Society’s report “Evaluating the Environmental Outcomes of the RMA” that “the environmental outcomes of the RMA have not met expectations, largely as a result of poor implementation”, rather than poor delivery by the RMA itself.
A New Town at Paerata - Breaking Ground at Wesley College
Tue Oct. 4th 2016
Berry Simons partners Sue Simons and Simon Berry attended a ground-breaking ceremony at Wesley College to celebrate the start of earthworks on what will become a new town on the grounds of Wesley College.
"The Final Straw for the RMA?" published in RM Journal
Mon Sept. 26th 2016
“The Final Straw for the RMA? Some shortcomings of the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 2015” has been published in the latest edition of the Resource Management Journal.
AUP appeals lodged – legal effect and weighting
Wed Sept. 21st 2016
About 100 appeals have been lodged. Where an AUP provision is not the subject of any appeals, the AUP is deemed to be approved - the ODP can be disregarded. Where any AUP provisions that apply to a site are subject to appeal, both the ODP and the Decisions Version of the AUP have legal effect and questions of the relative weighting of the plans will arise.
Auckland Housing: Time to address demand?
Thu Sept. 15th 2016
The first lesson in Economics 101 is the Law of Supply and Demand; the two factors which determine the availability of commodities and price in an unregulated economy.
Consent granted for completion of Orewa development
Fri Sept. 2nd 2016
Orewa-based developer, Coastal Properties, has been successful in obtaining consent for the third stage of an integrated development in Grand Drive, Orewa.
Seminar: Unitary Plan, light at the end of the tunnel?
Thu Sept. 1st 2016
Sue Simons, together with Vijay Lala from Tattico, were speakers at a lunch seminar hosted by the Property Council of New Zealand on 31 August 2016.
Resource Legislation Amendment Bill – Update
Tue Aug. 30th 2016
Berry Simons welcomes the extension of the date for the Local Government and Environment Select Committee to report back on the highly controversial Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.
The Role of Expert Planning Witnesses
Mon Aug. 29th 2016
A guidance note for practitioners has been prepared by the RMLA and NZPI by Simon Berry and Helen Andrews in collaboration with Bryce Julyan.
Women In Property Power Panel: The Future of Auckland
Wed Aug. 24th 2016
Sue Simons, together with fellow property leaders, comprised a "Women in Property Panel" to discuss "The Future of Auckland".
Resource Legislation Amendment Bill Flawed
Thu July 28th 2016
Berry Simons are concerned about a number of the "reforms" of the RMA in the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill that is currently before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.
Berry Simons sponsors the RMLA Salmon Lecture 2016
Fri July 22nd 2016
Berry Simons was proud to sponsor the RMLA's 2016 Salmon Lecture, presented by Rachel de Lambert, entitled "Auckland's Urban Form: Quality Compact?".
SCOTT POINT SHA DEVELOPMENT HONOURED
Tue July 19th 2016
Berry Simons would like to congratulate Harrison Grierson on being awarded the Supreme Practice Award and the Best Practice Award at the New Zealand Planning Institute’s 2016 Awards.
Canada to study impact of foreign capital on house prices
Wed June 22nd 2016
With soaring house prices in the cities of Toronto and Vancouver, the Canadian Government is setting aside funds to analyse the extent to which the influx of foreign capital is responsible for the rapid price increases.
Proposed NPS on Urban Development Capacity not solution
Fri June 3rd 2016
The Berry Simons team has concerns about whether the recently released proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity can effectively address Auckland’s housing crisis.
Approval for Ngawha Geothermal Expansion Project
Mon May 30th 2016
Simon Berry and Craig Malone acted for the Far North electricity generation and lines company, Top Energy, to obtain the RMA authorisations required to carry out a 50MW expansion of its existing geothermal power station at Ngawha, near Kaikohe.
Special Housing Area Approved in Mangere
Thu May 26th 2016
Sue Simons and Rachael Steller recently acted for Fletcher Residential which, in a decision released on 18 May, successfully obtained a Plan Variation and Qualifying Development from the Auckland Council for a Special Housing Area in Mangere which will contain 480 houses.
Major Mixed Use Development Approved for Milford
Wed May 25th 2016
Simon Berry and Craig Malone recently acted for New Zealand Retail Property Group which, in a decision released on 23 May, has just obtained consents from the Auckland Council for a major mixed use development in Milford on Auckland’s North Shore.
Hamilton East Mixed Use Development Approved
Thu March 31st 2016
Last week, the Hamilton City Council released a comprehensive decision made by Simon Berry, as sole independent hearing commissioner, to approve a controversial mixed use development on the banks of the Waikato River in Hamilton East.
Berry Simons and Beca host Prof. Daniel Esty Presentation
Tue March 15th 2016
On 14 March 2016, Berry Simons and Beca hosted a presentation by Professor Daniel Esty, one of the world’s leading experts on corporate environmental strategy.
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