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January 20, 2020

When you hear the term Planner, what do you think? Hopefully it doesn’t conjure up images of Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey in the really cheesy Wedding Planner movie!

At Planning Plus, we’re a team of environmental planners. We’ve studied planning, spent many y...

January 12, 2020

If you’re anything like us, the new year is a time for reflection and goal setting, identifying new things you want to do, try or complete. This could include development of your property, or maybe buying and development a new property.  Or possibly you need to legalis...

December 18, 2019

What is liquefaction?

Liquefaction occurs when sandy or silt soils are saturated and then exposed to ground shaking during an earthquake. The soil particles are shaken so that they settle and water that was between the soil particles rises to the top, meaning that the g...

December 1, 2019

Watercare Services Ltd (WSL) is Auckland Council’s water utility provider and New Zealand’s largest company in the water and wastewater industry, supplying water to communities throughout Auckland.   Watercare is often involved in urban development where connections to...

December 1, 2019

You’ve had your resource consent approved - great news! But there’s a condition requiring engineering plan approval, what is that??  

Engineering Plan Approval (often shortened to a “EPA”) gives permission for civil engineering works for infrastructu...

November 25, 2019

You’ve had your resource consent approved- great news! But there’s a condition requiring a Traffic Management Plan- what is that??

What is a Traffic Management Plan?

A traffic management plan (often shortened to a “TMP”) is a document that details the way activities in t...

November 18, 2019

Most developments, big or small, require some level of earthworks. That might be scraping the grass away and digging foundations, putting in a retaining wall or larger cut and fill operations.  In all cases you need to think about where all the dirt (“silt and sediment...