Current projects

Hill Young Cooper staff continue to undertake a diverse range of projects:


Jan-Feb 2021

  • Chloe is s42A reporting planner on Private Plan Change 55 Patumahoe to the Auckland Unitary Plan
  • Hannah and Mark are assisting Wellington City with District Plan preparation (port and stadium zones)
  • Chloe, David and Emily are assisting Waikato District Council with 42A reporting on submissions to their proposed District Plan related to Tuakau, Pokeno and Raglan
  • Mark provided conditions assistance to the Panel for Te Ara Tupua - Ngauranga to Petone shared path


January – May 2020

  • Chloe and Trevor are engaged by the Waikato District Council to prepare section 42A reports for the Proposed Waikato District Plan hearings on Ohinewai  and Tuakau rezoning requests, and Infrastructure.
  • HYC recently provided planning advice to the Ministry for the Environment on aspects of the  RMA review.
  • Mark St Clair is preparing a sec 87F report on behalf of Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Council for NZTA’s Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway (gorge replacement NoR).


  • David Mead has joined the editorial panel for Salmon Resource Management Act.
  • Chloe Trenouth is assisting Waikato District Council with reporting on submissions to a number of urban growth related issues of the proposed District Plan
  • Hill Young Cooper prepared submissions on the draft National Policy Statements for urban development and highly productive land.
  • David Mead and Mark St Clair are presenting at RMLA / NZPI plan making roadshows, in conjunction with the Environment Court 
  • Emily Buckingham has re-joined the Auckland team after  an extended period of parental leave 
  • In late May, David Mead presented evidence to a plan change hearing in Cromwell relating to the proposed River Terrace development

August to Dec 2018

  • HYC along with RMG are assisting Nelson City and Tasman District prepare a Future Development Strategy under the National Policy Statement on Urban Development. 
  • Mark St Clair continues with his role as Chair of the Hearing Panel for Greater Wellington Regional Council’s  Proposed Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington Region. 
  • HYC staff continue to assist Auckland Council, Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council and Kapiti District Council with resource consent processing.
  • Coreen Adamson continues to help Thames Coromandel District Council with reviewing their reserve management plans

April to July 2018

  • Coreen Adamson is helping Thames Coromandel District Council with reviewing the reserve management plans
  • Chloe Trenouth is working with the Supporting Growth Alliance identifying transport networks for the future urban areas included in the Auckland Unitary Plan
  • Mark St Clair and Charlie Hopkins prepared a sec 35 report on management of intensive farming under the Horizons Regional Council One Plan.

December to March 2018

  • Linda Bruwer is helping Kapiti Coast District role out their new District Plan to the community and stakeholders
  • Mark St Clair and Hannah van Haren-Giles lodged a water permit and discharge permit application for Pernod Ricard Winemakers in Hawke’s Bay
  • Emma Ryder and Charlie Hopkins lodged a land use consent application for Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary in Wellington City to construct a new building in a conservation zone
  • Chloe Trenouth has  been assisting the Auckland Council in relation to Unitary Plan appeals on the Rural Urban Boundary at Waiheke
  • David Mead has been appointed to chair a hearings panel in Queenstown considering an application for jet boat operations on the Kawarau River.


August to November 2017

  • David Mead presented evidence to the East West Link Board of Inquiry questioning aspects of the impact of the East-West Link on Onehunga.
  • Charlie Hopkins and the Wellington office have been assisting Manawatu Wanganui Regional Council with the processing of resource consents.
  • Coreen Adamson is helping Thames District Council with the review of their infrastructure strategy.  


May to July 2017

  • Mark St Clair has been busy with the Greater Wellington Regional Council Proposed Natural Resources Plan Hearings.
  • Charlie Hopkins has prepared a summary of submissions and investigated various consenting issues relating to the Whakapapa wastewater treatment plant  upgrade, which is located within the Tongariro National Park, for Manawatu Wanganui Regional Council.
  • David Mead (with the help of Karen Inglis) presented evidence in support of Auckland Transport's Lincoln Road Notice of Requirement. A favourable recommendation has been received from the Hearings Panel.  


February to April 2017

  • Linda Bruwer has been working with the Local Government Commission,  Boffa Miskell and New Zealand Institute for Economic Research on next steps toward integrated planning in the Wellington Region.
  • Coreen Adamson is assisting Thames‑Coromandel District Council to undertake section 17a reviews of the council's building control, resource consents and regulatory services.
  • Karen Foster has been reviewing the Government's proposals for Urban Development Authorities, for Auckland Transport.  


October 2016 - January 2017

  • Karen Foster and Chloe Trenouth lodged regional consents for a northern extension to the Takanini Stormwater Conveyance channel.
  • Mark St Clair prepared a s 42A report for Palmerston North City Council for the He Ara Kotahi Pedestrian Cycleway Bridge over the Manawatu River.
  • Chloe Trenouth is assisting Auckland Council on identifying urban intensification opportunities and priorities for the Development Strategy that is part of the Auckland Plan Refresh.

 June - September 2016

  • Chloe Trenouth and Karen Inglis  obtained regional consents for Stages 1 and 2 of the Takanini Stormwater Conveyance Channel Project.
  • HYC staff have been involved in various Special Housing Area applications across the country, including preparing an application for a qualifying development in Wellington, reviewing qualifying developments and associated plan variations in Auckland and acting as a Hearing commissioner for consent applications in the South Island.  
  • David, Chloe and Trevor reviewed various aspects of the Decisions Version of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan for the Auckland Council and assisted in the Council's deliberations on whether to accept the Panel's recommendations.   

Apr - May 2016

  • David Mead and Karen Inglis finalised an Assessment of Alternatives and AEE for Auckland Transport's Lincoln Road Corridor Improvements Notice of Requirement.
  • Trevor Mackie  completed a review of non-core Quality Planning Guidance Notes for MfE, setting out urgent fixes, priorities and timing for full review and update of each topic guidance note.
  • Chloe Trenouth assisted Auckland Council will preparation of the draft Whenuapai Structure Plan.
  • David Mead put together some thoughts on the NPS and went along to the RMA RLAB Select Committee to present his submission on the amendment bill.

Jan - Mar 2016

  • Chloe Trenouth and Karen Inglis lodged regional consents for the Takanini stormwater conveyance channel that is to serve the Takanini  Special Housing Area.
  • Mark St Clair has been appointed to one of the Hearings Panel set up by Queenstown Lakes District Council to consider submissions on their district plan review.
  • Emily Buckingham prepared the application and obtained consent for an air discharges from Fonterra's Tip Top site.


Oct - Dec 2015

  • Linda Chamberlain has been  preparing a consent application for a multi-unit development in Johnsonville, Wellington.  

  • Emily Buckingham gave planning evidence for Winstone Wallboards at the Proposed Canterbury Air Regional Plan hearing

  • Todd Webb and Trevor Mackie continued with planning evidence preparation on Precincts for the PAUP Independent Hearings Panel